Pennsylvania animal rights activists are pushing to end the decades-old
tradition of live pigeon shooting.
At the events shooters compete to
blast birds as they're launched into the air.
'They flutter up in the
air as they are sprung from boxes,' said pigeon-shooting opponent Elissa
Katz. 'Shooters have shotguns, they are at fairly close range, and they
blast away at the birds.'
Katz told NPR she was overcome by a feeling
of helplessness at a pigeon shoots as she watched the wounded birds fall
from the sky.
She's now advocating for lawmakers to stop the
practice, and even helps rescue wounded birds.
Katz is the president
of Humane PA, a political action committee.