Massachusetts Bans Wildlife Hunting Contests!

Massachusetts Bans Wildlife Hunting Contests!

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contests are cruel events that encourage children to kill innocent animals and teach them that animals’ lives are theirs to take. People who kill animals for fun or prizes do not respect animals.

In South Dakota, the Nest Predator Bounty Program pays children 10 dollars for every tail of a raccoon, striped skunk, opossum, badger or red fox that is submitted. In British Columbia, there are wolf-whacking contests that are as horrific as they sound.

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But more people seem to be coming to the realization that these contests are absolutely horrible and unethical.

Recently,Arizona became the fourth state after California, Vermont, and New Mexico to ban these cruel . Earlier this week, also banned cruel becoming the fifth state!

The Fisheries and Wildlife Board voted to ban killing contests for “predators and fur bearers,” which include coyotes, bobcats, red foxes, gray foxes, weasels, mink, skunks, river otters, muskrats, beavers, fishers, raccoons and opossums.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said that this: “addresses public concerns that these contests are unethical, contribute to the waste of animals, and incentivize indiscriminate killing of wildlife.”

Along with the prohibition of killing contests, can no longer hunt animals during hunting season unless they have actual use for the animals. They cannot kill an animal unless they plan on retrieving the body and using it.

This is to avoid “wanton waste” of birds and game animals. Ideally, hunters wouldn’t kill animals at all, but no one could deny that there is more logic between killing an animal you think of as a food source for your family than just for the fun of it. Small victories still make progress.

In other places of the world, such as British Columbia, there are too many cruel wildlife contests still taking place. Sign this petition calling for an end to them!

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 20 December 2019.


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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Just goes to show how totally barbaric and sadistic the parents of the ‘children’ are that they actually encourage their ‘kids’ to kill innocent, voiceless animals for MONEY. The rotten apple never falls far from the tree. Shame on ALL who take part in these killing contests, truly are brain-dead, heartless, gutless animal killers.

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

This bit written here seems like a bit of a get out clause. But I guess it’s better than nothing.

“They cannot kill an animal unless they plan on retrieving the body and using it.”

Sheryl Schroeder
Sheryl Schroeder

Wildlife killing contests are sick and barbaric. I cannot fathom the mind of someone who would participate in this. It’s all chest-beating caveman macho thug bullying. They HATE animals and feel the need to conquer. It’s sick and disgusting. We need to protect these animals from this awful fate.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

If you want to hunt build a time machine and go back to the Stone Age heartless sorry suckaz

Sue Lesmond
Sue Lesmond

The only good hunter is a dead one! Hunt the hunters! An eye for an eye!

lindabadham

HARD TO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE ENTER CONTESTS TO MURDER ANIMALS ! EVOLVE FOR GODS SAKE.