PRINTER'S NO. 97

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


HOUSE BILL

No. 73 Session of 2007


        INTRODUCED BY SHIMKUS, CARROLL, BUXTON, CURRY, JOSEPHS, LEACH,
           ROEBUCK, SIPTROTH, BENNINGTON, BISHOP, CASORIO, DePASQUALE,
           FRANKEL, WALKO, MANDERINO, MELIO, MYERS, M. O'BRIEN,
           TANGRETTI, CRUZ, COSTA, VITALI, FREEMAN, CIVERA, COHEN,
           STURLA, CALTAGIRONE, MAHER, PRESTON, KULA, YOUNGBLOOD,
           W. KELLER, PAYNE, ROSS, SAMUELSON, RUBLEY, SWANGER AND MUNDY,
           JANUARY 30, 2007

        REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, JANUARY 30, 2007

                                     AN ACT

     1  Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
     2     Consolidated Statutes, further providing for cruelty to
     3     animals.

     4     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     5  hereby enacts as follows:
     6     Section 1.  Section 5511(q) of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
     7  Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a definition and the
     8  section is amended by adding a subsection to read:
     9  § 5511.  Cruelty to animals.
    10     * * *
    11     (k.1)  Live pigeon shoots prohibited.--A person commits a
    12  misdemeanor of the third degree if that person:
    13         (1)  Knowingly imports, receives, transports, delivers,
    14     sells or offers for sale, purchases, breeds, captures or
    15     confines a pigeon for use at a live pigeon shoot.
    16         (2)  Knowingly owns, operates, organizes, conducts, aids

     1     or abets the actual operation, organization or conduct of any
     2     live pigeon shoot.
     3         (3)  Knowingly permits any place under his control or
     4     possession to be kept or used for a live pigeon shoot.
     5         (4)  Attends a live pigeon shoot as a participant.
     6     * * *
     7     (q)  Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
     8  words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
     9  subsection:
    10     * * *
    11     "Live pigeon shoot."  An event involving the release of birds
    12  from the family Columbidae as targets for the purpose of
    13  shooting with a firearm.
    14     * * *
    15     Section 2.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.










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