PRINTER'S NO. 1090
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
787
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY BROWNE, FARNESE, FONTANA, K. WARD, SANTARSIERO,
COLLETT, YUDICHAK, HUGHES, DINNIMAN, KILLION, LEACH, BLAKE,
TARTAGLIONE, COSTA AND MUTH, JULY 8, 2019
REFERRED TO JUDICIARY, JULY 8, 2019
AN ACT
Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in cruelty to animals, further
providing for definitions and providing for the offense of
the use of live pigeons for targets at trap shoot or block
shoot.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 5531 of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a definition to read:
§ 5531. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this subchapter
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
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"Trap shoot" or "block shoot." A contest event during which
participants shoot or attempt to shoot targets for either
amusement or as a test of skill in marksmanship that are
launched or otherwise immediately presented to the shooter
either manually or with electronic or mechanical assistance from
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a fixed location or locations within a predefined shooting
field.
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Section 2. Title 18 is amended by adding a section to read:
§ 5545.1. Use of live pigeons for targets at trap shoot or
block shoot.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits a summary offense if
the person willfully organizes, operates or conducts a trap
shoot or block shoot in which live pigeons are used as targets.
(b) Applicability.--Nothing under this section shall be
construed to apply to activity which is authorized or permitted
under 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to game) or a special permit under 58
Pa. Code Ch. 147 (relating to special permits) or to the
training of dogs for activity which is authorized or permitted
under 34 Pa.C.S.
Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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