|Posted:||March 20, 2019 06:35 PM|
|From:||Senator Patrick M. Browne|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Title 18 amendment - Offense of Cruelty to Animals|
|In the near future I plan to re-introduce Senate Bill 612 of the 2017-2018 legislative session. This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to further provide for the offense of animal cruelty.
This legislation was co-sponsored last session by: COSTA, SABATINA, HUGHES, WARD, SCAVELLO, KILLION, LEACH, YUDICHAK, TARTAGLIONE, DINNIMAN BOSCOLA, BLAKE, FARNESE and FONTANA.
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.
I hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as SB787