Michigan Senate Defeats Dove-Hunting Legislation

January 2001

Michigan pro-hunting lobbyists rallied at the State Capitol and convinced the House of Representatives to repeal the state’s ban on dove hunting. These gentle birds have been protected in Michigan for 95 years and have for centuries remained the universal symbol of peace.

In response, PETA posted an action alert on the our Web site and called our Michigan members, asking them to contact their state senators and urge them to oppose any legislation that would establish a mourning dove hunting season in Michigan. Michigan senators were inundated with calls, letters, faxes, and e-mail messages from constituents pleading with them not to support dove-hunting legislation.

On Thursday, December 14, the dove-hunting bill finally arrived on the Senate floor. It was defeated by one vote.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind