There is a law on the books specifically making it illegal to kill the messenger. It can be seen at http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/959.18.
959.18 Prohibition against killing a carrier pigeon.
No person who is not the owner thereof, shall shoot, kill, or maim an Antwerp or homing pigeon, commonly known as “carrier” pigeon, nor shall such person entrap, catch, or detain a carrier pigeon, provided it has the name of the owner stamped upon its wing or tail, or has a band with the owner’s name, initial, or number on its leg.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953