The Pigeon Shoot Controversy

J. Bronner Simon

in Killing Tradition

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125282
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135007 | DOI:
The Pigeon Shoot Controversy

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This chapter discusses the totemistic images of blood and tradition of the public pigeon shoot at Hegins, Pennsylvania. It notes the chronicles of the animal rights movement that often mention the protest against public pigeon shooting, which garnered international media notoriety. The chapter aims to explain the high stakes in the contested tradition by analyzing how the protests rhetorically serve to present tradition as a “problem” in the ethical modernization of society. It notes that the battle in Hegins became a staged moral drama based on a clash of rural cosmopolitan values in modern America that derives from fundamentally different views of human dominion over the land and its creatures.

Keywords: totesmic images; pigeon shoot; Hegins; Pennsylvania; animal rights; tradition; human dominion

Chapter.  25278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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