New York: Urge Gov. Hochul to end wildlife killing contests
CRITICAL UPDATE 9/5/2023: The New York Assembly and Senate have passed A.2917/S.4099 and the bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Kathy Hochul. Please urge her to sign A.2917/S.4099 for this final chance to end wildlife killing contests in 2023!
In wildlife killing contests, participants compete to kill coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other ecologically vital species for cash and prizes. Hundreds of animals may be killed at a single event and countless others may be injured. During springtime contests, dependent young may be orphaned and left to die from starvation, predation or exposure. After the killing is over, the animals are often dumped like trash, away from the public eye.
Stopping these contests would not reduce opportunities to hunt coyotes or other wildlife, prohibit big buck competitions or fishing tournaments, prevent the lethal control of wildlife to protect livestock or outlaw field dog trials. It would simply prohibit the competitive killing of wildlife for frivolous prizes. All wildlife species play an important role in healthy ecosystems. It's time for New York to join Massachusetts, Vermont, Maryland and the five other states that have already outlawed these cruel, unsporting and ecologically destructive events.
Please take a moment to call Gov. Hochul and ask her to sign A.2917/S.4099 to end wildlife killing contests in New York. Find her phone number here. You can say: "As your constituent, I respectfully urge you to sign A.2917/S.4099 to end wildlife killing contests in New York.”
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