A state bill that is of great concern to us is pending in the
Pennsylvania legislature is House Bill 213. House Bill 213 has passed
the General Assembly (168-16) and is now headed for the State Senate.
It would classify hunter harassment and other animal protective acts
as ecoterrorism and make those acts punishable by up to 40 years in jail
and a $100,000 fine.
Pennsylvania has never been a community famous for embracing animal
Many of us remember the pigeon shoots and turkey shoots with live
tethered turkeys as targets. Many of the most egregious excesses and
misapplications of the hunter harassment laws come from Pennsylvania.
There, at least one landowner has been arrested and charged with
hunter harassment while trying to keep hunters from invading their homes
and destroying their possessions. To enact this totally barbaric law
makes one wonder if that legislature is playing with a full deck.