PA Shame: pigeon shoots, please protest, sample letter included
Please contact Berks County District Attorney John Adams, PA Governor Tom Corbett, and all PA State Senators and let them know how you feel about the illegal pigeon shoots that are continually sanctioned and illegally allowed. Governor Corbett does not have email but rather webform, contact him via webform in separate mailing. Please modify and shorten the Sample Letter below and remain courteous.
BACKGROUND | From SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK)
The use of live pigeons for target/pleasure shooting is obviously despicable, but the horror does not end when the shooting stops. Left to suffer and die, the wounded but still living animals face unspeakable agony. Unable to fly, injured pigeons are exposed to the elements, including freezing rain, snow and ice. With open and infected injuries, the end is slow and arduous. Days may pass before the relief of death finally comes.
Abandoning wounded pigeons to die slow, painful deaths clearly falls within the purview of Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws as it would for any other animal. Nevertheless, Berks County District Attorney John Adams (who has received campaign donations from pigeon shooters) not only refuses to act on animal cruelty complaints – he has actively crushed all efforts to have state animal cruelty laws enforced by Pennsylvania Humane Police Officers.
District Attorney Adams protects pigeon shoots, even though most shooters are not from Berks County. Many of the shooters aren’t even from Pennsylvania.
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Please contact Berks County District Attorney John Adams, PA Governor Tom Corbett, and all PA State Senators and let them know how you feel. Governor Corbett does not have email but rather webform, contact him via webform in separate mailing. Please modify and shorten the sample letter below and remain courteous:
- Telephone number DA Adams | Phone: 610.478.6000 ; Fax: 610.478.6002
- Telephone number Governor Corbett | Phone: 717. 787.2500 ; Fax: 717.772.8284
- Calling codes can be found HERE
- Calling code plus telephone number to USA is: 00 + 1 + 555.555.5555
- Webform for Governor Tom Corbett: click HERE
Dear Governor Corbett, District Attorney Adams, and Senators:
I am greatly disturbed to learn that Berks County Pennsylvania continues to host the savage slaughter of thousands of pigeons for entertainment. Indeed, I have even witnessed footage of severely injured and dying birds thrown in piles, casually ignored, in obvious states of agony, following such a primitive and reckless game of juvenile glee and participation. It is my understanding that this type of “sport” is illegal yet is repeatedly sanctioned due to certain alleged relationships; indeed, the District Attorney in nearby Dauphin County allowed a humane officer to level 100 charges against those involved in a similar event, and there has not been another shoot there since. This exploitation of animals is an unacceptable practice, and I therefore respectfully request you uphold the law and subsequently cease these events immediately.
Please allow me this opportunity to elaborate. Our society considers other beings disposable, to be used as commodities and discarded in accordance with egotistical human-focused goals and benefits. It is within this rigid definition of human acceptability absent accountability that humans embrace speciesism, the prejudicial regard of other species as undeserving of either rights or freedom from exploitation. Speciesism is immoral and dangerous, a precept built upon a foundation of arrogance, greed, and inequality, promoted with solicitous validations meant to foster approval. However, regardless of euphemistic descriptions meant to disguise exploitation, this practice is indeed unethical, the animals being intentionally subjected to suffering and pain and then killed. Although you may find the lives of these birds as immaterial and therefore expendable, you should understand they value their own lives and possess the capacity to experience trauma, fear, and suffering.
This reckless destruction is unnecessary, unjustified, and unprincipled, its only function to egotistically benefit those who exploit animals. Animals have rights to live free from pain and suffering regardless of objections to acknowledge such, and as long as Berks County profits on the torture of animals, complicit in their abuse and death, I will discontinue visiting as a tourist. It is important to accept that, what is indeed valuable, is the life itself and the capability to experience emotion and suffering. Please observe this basic moral principle and act with justice rather than react with cruelty.
Thank you for your attention to this important issue.
NAME | ADDRESS
there just are not strong enough words
to disparage the cruelty of those terds
who shoot harmless winged creatures
because they can
that is the essence of the cruel
and stupid in man
Karen Lyons Kalmenson