This report comes from NRA-ILA this afternoon:
Today, anti-hunting, animal â€œrightsâ€ forces met in Harrisburg to rally against organized bird shoots in the Keystone State.
Bird shooting is an historic and legitimate activity steeped in tradition with many participants throughout the Commonwealth and around the world. For more than one hundred years, shoots have been held in Pennsylvania by law-abiding, ethical shooting enthusiasts, hunters, and sportsmen who would not tolerate an activity that would constitute cruelty to animals.
National animal â€œrightsâ€ extremist groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have organized and funded efforts in Pennsylvania and around the country to ban this longstanding traditional shooting sport. Make no mistake; this isn’t just about banning bird shooting, but banning all hunting species by species.
A few quotes from HSUS President, Wayne Pacelle, should help to explain their radical methodology and incremental approach of a complete hunting ban:
- â€œOur goal is to get sport hunting in the same category as cock fighting and dog fighting. Our opponents say hunting is a tradition. We say traditions can change.â€ â€” Bozeman Daily Chronicle, October 8, 1991
- â€œWe are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States … We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.â€ â€” Full Cry magazine, October 1990
- â€œIf we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.â€ â€” Associated Press, December 1991
Now, more than ever, it is imperative that you contact your State Legislators and respectfully urge them to protect Pennsylvaniaâ€™s rich hunting traditions by opposing any attempts by these radical and deceptive groups to outlaw hunting. Please click here to contact your lawmakers.