After years of disappointment, animal-rights advocates are celebrating
the state Senate Judiciary Committee's 11-3 vote last week to outlaw
target shoots with live animals, including pigeons.
The victory represents only an initial legislative step, but it's the
first time such a bill has been voted on in Pennsylvania in 11 years,
according to the Humane Society of the United States.
"I'm elated," said Heidi Prescott, senior vice president of campaigns
for HSUS. "We have been working very hard" on this.
Senate Bill 626, which has 18 co-sponsors, prohibits "use of live
animals or fowl for targets at trap shoot or block shoot" gatherings.