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PostSubject: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeWed Jan 27, 2010 7:57 pm

Bob Barker donates $1 million to save PA pigeons

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/Bob_Barker_donates_1_million_to_save_PA_pigeons.html

A TV icon is taking a stand for the pigeons of Pennsylvania.
Bob Barker, the former game show host and one of the nation's most generous animal philanthropists, has donated $1 million to stop pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania and says he will be joining protestors outside a Bensalem gun club where shoots are being held regularly.
Barker said the donation will go to SHARK, an Illinois-based animal activist organization dedicated to putting a stop to these shoots.
The organization plans weekly demonstrations at the Philadelphia Gun Club in Bucks County which two years ago began holding pigeon shoots despite a cease and desist order issued by Bensalem Township. In 2002 the township said the shoots violated local firearms laws and constituted animal cruelty. The club recently filed suit against activists and neighbors for harassment.
Barker also said he will support legislation being considered in both the state House and Senate that would ban the use of live pigeons for targets and make organizing or operating the shoots a crime. Animal rights activists in Pennsylvania have been fighting to win passage of anti-pigeon shoot legislation for two decades.
Pennsylvania is the only state where live pigeon shoots are openly practiced, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The contests - held at gun clubs, most of them in Berks County - involve launching pigeons from spring-loaded boxes where shooters fire on them at close range. Many wounded birds are scooped up - often by children - their necks broken and the carcases disposed of. But other injured birds end up outside of the clubs only to suffer a slow death from their wounds.
“The very characteristics of a live pigeon shoot are such that the event cannot be held without causing extensive animal suffering,” said Barker. “Live bird shoots are held under the guise of ‘sport’ target practice But they offer neither sport nor hunting.”
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that about 22,000 live birds are used as targets every year in Pennsylvania.


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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeWed Jan 27, 2010 8:00 pm

Three cheers for Bob Barker Hip Hip Hooray Hip Hip Hooray Hip Hip Hooray
That is sooo cool. Great job

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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeWed Jan 27, 2010 9:53 pm

HUGE NEWS! 373410

Best news I've heard ever for pigeons.

I think we should make Bob Barker an official Pigeon angel

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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeWed Jan 27, 2010 9:56 pm

Jackie\'s Mom wrote:
HUGE NEWS! 373410

Best news I've heard ever for pigeons.

I think we should make Bob Barker an official Pigeon angel

Louise
I agree That's a great idea, Louise.

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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeWed Jan 27, 2010 11:25 pm

Brilliant news! Thrilled Happy Dance Hip Hip Hooray Happy Dance
I tried to leave a comment on Philly.com, but I couldn't register because of not living in the States. Disappointed
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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 1:49 am

Thrilled Thrilled Thrilled Bob Barker is my HERO!!! Thrilled Thrilled Thrilled
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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 8:44 am

It would be wonderful if the law could pass the house & senate making these pigeon shoots a punishable crime!
Throw a few of these gun club owners in jail with hefty penalties to get others attention.

It's get that Bob B. donated funds to this but its also sad that it takes a celeb to bring attention to a horrible cruelty. Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 9:05 am

EgypSwiftLady wrote:
It would be wonderful if the law could pass the house & senate making these pigeon shoots a punishable crime!
Throw a few of these gun club owners in jail with hefty penalties to get others attention.

It's get that Bob B. donated funds to this but its also sad that it takes a celeb to bring attention to a horrible cruelty. Very sad

You're exactly right, Robin.
This horrific act should never have gotten to the point that it has. Seeing red/mad

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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 9:36 am

wonderful news Happy Dance Thrilled Thrilled Thrilled Bless him for doing that! Pigeon angel
Such a heart warming news...i am mighty pleased :Yes:
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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 9:36 am

Fancyfeathers wrote:
EgypSwiftLady wrote:
It would be wonderful if the law could pass the house & senate making these pigeon shoots a punishable crime!
Throw a few of these gun club owners in jail with hefty penalties to get others attention.

It's get that Bob B. donated funds to this but its also sad that it takes a celeb to bring attention to a horrible cruelty. Very sad

You're exactly right, Robin.
This horrific act should never have gotten to the point that it has. Seeing red/mad
Agree Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 9:48 am

Hahaha Charis, I just wanted to pass this on too!!!! You were quicker because I was not on the computer yesterday!!!

Brilliant news - isn'T it? I call this true dedication and not only empty promises! Star quality
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PostSubject: Huge News   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 1:13 pm

I'm very happy that people like Bob Barker are able to make a change on this, what a big heart!!!! we all love Bob Barker is our hero!! Right on Pigeon angel

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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 2:43 pm

Really cool

That's awesome news! Yep, Bob Barker is my new hero, too!! :)
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PostSubject: Re: HUGE NEWS!   HUGE NEWS! Icon_minitimeFri Jan 29, 2010 9:09 am

Happy Dance ... Hooray for Bob Barker ...Happy Dance
YESS!! ... Pigeon Angel Extraodinaire ... YESS!!
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