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Sportsmen’s club archers used live turkeys as targets

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The club pleaded no contest to eight summary violations involving the cruel treatment of animals and offering live animals as prizes in a contest. It was also ordered to pay court costs. “Although we did not set out to cruelly mistreat the animals involved nor did we intentionally violate the laws of the Commonwealth, we have chosen to plead `no contest’ … in order to put this matter behind us,” the club said. MANHEIM, Pa. – A sportsmen’s club was fined $400 on Friday for using dozens of live turkeys as targets in an archery contest. Authorities said about 40 domestic turkeys were killed in the Elstonville Sportsmen’s Association’s Sept. 9 contest. Participants paid $12 for three attempts to shoot at the birds, which were secured to straw bales at their feet, but able to flap their wings. Archers who drew blood won the birds, authorities said. “The club’s conduct was egregious that day, and they’ve now been held accountable,” said prosecutor Christine Wilson. last_img