Pigeon shoots should be banned
Imagine what would happen if someone decided to use live cats and dogs for target practice.
Never mind. The state Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill, 10-4, that would outlaw that practice along with consumption of dogs or cats. The committee also parlayed the cultural affinity for our favorite pets into an attempt that finally would end the abject cruelty of live pigeon shoots, a deep embarrassment to the commonwealth that, shamefully, remains protected by state law.
There is no justification for using live animals for target practice. Allowing live pigeon shoots is terrible public policy, protecting an extremely narrow interest.
Pennsylvania should ban live pigeon shoots, which the rest of the states did in the 20th century, before the 21st century gets much older.