Legislation to end live pigeon shoots is poised for a critical vote in the state Senate tonight.
But expect a showdown ahead of the historic vote because the National Rifle Association has animal advocates - and their supporters in the legislature - in its sites.
For 130 years Martin Guitar imported ivory from Africa for its highly sought after instruments.
Then in the late 1960s, the Martin family recognized their role in contributing to the mass slaughter of elephants and began phasing out the use of ivory in its acclaimed guitars, using instead a synthetic substitute.
Now, almost 50 years later, the Martin family is once again putting its voice where its fretboard is, lending its name and its guitars to the campaign to stop elephant killings in Africa and China.
In the strange world of Pennsylvania politics...
Just minutes after a Senate panel voted Thursday to ban the shooting of live pigeons, it unanimously recommended a Berks County lawyer - who has been videotaped participating in pigeon shoots - for a county court judgeship.
The Judiciary Committee voted 9-5 to make it illegal to engage in the practice of pigeon shooting - launching live birds from spring-loaded boxes to be shot at close range. Sen. John Rafferty (R., Chester/Montgomery) was among those voting against the bill.
A bill toughening the penalties for killing a police dog is heading to Gov. Corbett's desk less than six months after the stabbing death of a Pittsburgh K-9 during an altercation with a suspect.
The lead sponsors of two bills that moved quickly through both chambers, call it a win for canine officers and handlers across the commonwealth.
Leigh Siegfried is an Associate member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She conducts private behavior counseling sessions, group training classes in basic and advanced manners and agility, and a variety of workshops.
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Thousands of dogs (and I would bet a few cats) will be making the commute to the office Friday for the annual Take Your Dog To Work Day. From its inception 16 years ago, the event has grown and so have the number of companies welcoming pets into their work spaces all over the country.
Here at the Pennsylvania State Capitol only three kinds of dogs get past the big bronze doors: service dogs, bomb sniffers and Very Important Pets (those belonging to governors and their lieutenants.)
So Olivia will be stuck at home with the cats tomorrow but we wish everyone a fun-filled day.
Equine advocates are working two fronts on Capitol Hill this week to protect America's horses.Outside the Capitol supporters of humane treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses will rally for legislation, while inside lobbyists will be working the halls to prevent the inclusion of funding for horse slaughter in the budget bill.
When an animal advocate writes and says they have a "situation," it's usually not good news.
But this time it was The Spayed Club Spay/Neuter Clinic asked if I could please help spread the word about their low cost kitten and puppy spay/neuter program because the clock was ticking. They needed to use up their special grant funding by the end of the month.