While dogfighting and cockfighting are no longer legal in the United States, numerous animal species, such as bobcats, coyotes, crows, foxes, marmots, mountain lions, prairie dogs, rabbits, and raccoons, are nonetheless endangered.
Every year, barbaric “Killing contests” take place, and they are nothing but tragic and distressing.
They’re essentially competitions to see who can spill the most blood and kill the most animals in the shortest amount of time.
The Eastern U.S. Predator Calling Championship, held in Virginia, takes this horrifying premise and makes it even more terrible.
This Championship tournament provides teams prizes for murdering the smallest, heaviest, or biggest number of animals in any given species, according to many undercover investigations by the Humane Society of the United States.
Those prizes include trophies, belt buckles, and even $25,600 for “winners.” Many times, these innocent wildlife animals were gunned down with AR-15s.
At the end of the killing spree, trucks that were filled with dead and rotting animals are lined up to present their killings.
Wildlife killing contests are not a tool for managing wildlife and are even counterproductive to such goals, said The Humane Society.
It is a misconception that predator-killing contests provide benefits to the public and other wildlife species.
They can contribute to instability and social chaos in the family structures of the animals who are killed said Project Coyote.
Sign the petition to demand Virginia state legislators re-introduce and pass House Bill 1247 to ban these sadistic mass-killing “games.”
This article by Holly Woodbury was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 7 March 2022. Lead Image Source : CHUYKO SERGEY/shutterstock.
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