POLL: Should legislation to ban “Wildlife Killing Contests” be introduced?

POLL: Should legislation to ban “Wildlife Killing Contests” be introduced?

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As awareness grows about the horrors of wildlife contests that continue to take place across the country, efforts to see them ended have continued to grow with it and more areas have taken a stand against them.

Now, there’s a chance to make them a thing of the past in Arizona.

COYOTE VICTIM OF A WILDLIFE KILLING CONTEST | PHOTO COURTESY PROJECTCOYOTE.ORG

These contests, which are also known as drives or derbies reward people of all ages with cash prizes and weapons, among other things, for killing the biggest and most animals. While native predators are most often the victims, many other species have sadly also found themselves targets.

This past December, the Santa Slay Coyote Tournament ignited outrage, but coyotes aren’t the only animals being targeted in the state. According to Project Coyote, every year hundreds of bobcats, cougars, foxes, rabbits, badgers and other species are killed in contests taking place in Arizona.

Fortunately, wild animals who are put in the cross hairs during these events aren’t without advocates who have been working to ban them. Vermont and New Mexico have both recently acted to ban coyote-killing contests, while predator-killing contests have been banned in California since 2014.

Now there’s an opportunity to make Arizona the next state to take a stand against them.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission (AZGF) has proposed a rule that would make it illegal to organize, participate in and promote throughout the state.

While these competitions are often held under the guise of wildlife management, or , wildlife advocates and scientists argue that they’re not only cruel but counter to the goal of reducing conflicts with “nuisance” animals and that the indiscriminate killing of predators also ignores the valuable role they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

In the end, it’s more than clear that these events are not about wildlife management, or even , but about glorifying the killing of animals for fun and personal gain.

Multiple investigations have brought to light the callous and indifferent attitudes being promoted towards wildlife targeted in these events who deserve more respect and compassion – especially those who are left with little to no protection from being hunted year round in unlimited numbers.

While six city and county governments in the state have passed resolutions condemning these types of events, wildlife advocates want to see a statewide ban passed to protect animals from being senselessly and unethically slaughtered.

The AZGF will be accepting public comments until May 12, and will hopefully receive enough feedback in support of banning these events to shut them down forever.

TAKE ACTION!

You can help by signing and sharing the petition urging the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to adopt the rule change that would ban these indefensible events in the state forever.

For more on how to help end these events across the nation, check out the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 23 Apr 2019.


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Larry Gordin
Larry Gordin

YES! “Sport hunting’ is a sickness, a perversion and a danger and should be recognized as such. People who get their amusement from hunting and killing defenseless animals can only be suffering from a mental disorder. In a world with boundless opportunities for amusement, it’s detestable that anyone would choose to get thrills from killing others who ask for nothing from life but the chance to remain alive.” – Sir Roger Moore (seven times James Bond). Regarding animal killing contests and trophy hunting: Humans are the species that is drastically overpopulating and destroying the planet. How about a killing contest… Read more »

Cameron McElroy

Yes!

Barbara Barnett

Oops YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??

Barbara Barnett

Yrs

Linda Badham
Linda Badham

Money buys anything. This is a crime against nature and a disgrace to the CREATOR of life !

Arlene Labbe

Rhetorical question, AFFIRMATIVE!!!

Corinne Rider
Corinne Rider

The wildlife is the only salvation for our ecosystem and now we are destroying them. We may be the most intelligent creature but we are certainly the most destructive and not intelligent enough to reverse our greed. It is unbelievable that we would allow the destruction of our only ecosystem for profit. We are, in effect, destroying ourselves. The meek shall inherit, when, after there is nothing left to obliterate?

Michèle Haudebourg

YES.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

ALL hunting, contests and so called sporting events that involve harming and/or killing the of animals should be banned.

Diane
Diane

The person that voted “no” is probably one of these contestants. They should be given a head start and then competition hunters go after them, just as they would the defenceless wildlife prey – after all, isn’t that what he/she is standing up for.