The state of Oregon finally listened to experts and Animal rights advocates and became the 9th state in the country to ban wildlife killing contests!
The New York state legislature just passed a bill to do the same, and it awaits Governor Kathy Hochul’s signature.
We must encourage her to stand on the right side of history and ban these archaic, gruesome contests, too!
Wildlife killing contests are as brutal as they sound: participants compete with one another to kill as many specific animals, such as coyotes as possible, including members of the species that are especially large or especially small, to win cash and other prizes.
Those who run and participate in the contests claim that this brutality is necessary to “manage coyote populations.”
But more scientific studies are telling us a different story. Recent research has found that these contests do not even reduce coyote numbers or prevent conflicts with livestock.
They may even increase them.
Please sign this petition to demand that New York Governor Kathy Hocul sign a state ban on wildlife killing contests, too!
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This article by Mathew Davis was first published by One Green Planet on 5 October 2023. Image Credit :Jason Mintzer/Shutterstock.