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This Sunday in the town of Ashville (a few miles from the Georgia border, in Jefferson County) Congressman Allen Boyd will hold his Annual Charity Dove Hunt. ARFF picketed and flew an airplane banner over the event a few years ago.

dove.gifDid you know that doves are the most hunted bird in North America? Over 20 million are killed each year in 41 states. The unfortunate birds are typically hunted over farm fields. In an attempt to prevent the mass slaughter of these migratory birds, federal regulations prohibit “baiting” fields to attract doves. This means you can’t scatter seed in a field and wait for birds to arrive. But to make dove hunting more predictable for lazy hunters, and to ensure the “success” of charity dove hunts, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages hunters to plant crops that doves eat (such as millet or other grains), or to actually directly feed the birds. This is legal as long as hunters stop providing food for birds a few weeks before the scheduled hunt. (Florida’s hunting season for the mourning and white-winged dove begins in October and is open until early January; hunters are allowed to kill 12 birds each day!)

We think killing doves is a horrible way to raise money for charity. Contact Congressman Boyd and urge him to be more creative in his choice of fundraisers, and leave the doves at peace:

Contact:
Congressman Allen Boyd (2nd Congressional District)
30 W. Government Street
Suite 203
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: (850) 785-0812
Fax: (850) 763-3764

On the Nov. 7 ballot this year in Michigan, voters will decide whether to allow the hunting of mourning doves. Fortunately, polls indicate most Michigan residents will vote against the idea of hunting doves. Wayne Pacelle, president of the HSUS, defended doves in an interview with the Detroit Free Press: “We don’t allow hunting of everything. It’s biologically sustainable to shoot robins or cardinals, too, but we have social values to say that conduct is out of bounds. … They’re too small to make a meal. They aren’t a nuisance, there’s no population rationale.” Click here to view a humorous short video about the dove hunting debate.

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