DeLuca prepares to unveil legislation penalizing abuse of wildlife

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, plans to introduce legislation that would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to deny or revoke a hunting license to individuals convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals.

The legislation comes in wake of a recent viral video in which two Pennsylvania hunters appear to kick a wounded white-tailed deer in the face, rip at its antlers and step on its legs.

Act 10 of 2017, also known as Libre’s law, overhauled Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws and prohibits the torture of animals.

“Libre’s Law did not give the Game Commission the power to deny or revoke the hunting license of individuals convicted under Libre’s law,” DeLuca said. “My legislation seeks to change that and hold individuals accountable for the cruel acts they commit.”

DeLuca’s legislation would give the commission the power to revoke or deny a hunting license to any person convicted under Libre’s Law of torturing an animal. The duration of a license suspension would be determined by the Game Commission. 

“The concept behind my legislation is simple: if you were convicted of torturing an animal, you should not be able to go out there and engage in hunting activities,” DeLuca said.

 DeLuca plans to introduce his legislation in the near future.