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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 9, 2015 04:09 PM
From: Senator Patrick M. Browne
To: All Senate members
Subject: TItle 18 amendment to the offense of Cruelty to Animals
 
In the near future I plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 510 of the 2013-2014 legislative session. This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to further provide for the offense of animal cruelty.

Specifically, the legislation would prohibit the use of live animals or fowl for target trap shoots and block shoots. A trap shoot involves immediately launching a moving target and a block shoot involves a tethered or stationary target. An individual who willfully organizes, operates or conducts one of these shoots commits a summary offense.

This legislation exempts all hunting or other activities authorized or permitted under Title 34 (Game Code) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and under 58 Pa. Code CH. 147 (relating to special permits). This legislation will protect legitimate hunting activities in the Commonwealth but will also prevent the use of live animals or fowl for purely target practice activities.

This legislation was cosponsored last session by: ALLOWAY, GREENLEAF, COSTA, HUGHES, BOSCOLA, WILLIAMS, LEACH, DINNIMAN, FERLO, FONTANA, BLAKE, KITCHEN, TARTAGLIONE, SMITH, WILEY, TEPLITZ, and FARNESE.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Vicki Wilken, Esq. at 787-1349 or vwilken@pasen.gov.


Introduced as SB715