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Epic Sports Fail: Put an End to Fox and Coyote Pens in Florida

Epic Sports Fail: Put an End to Fox and Coyote Pens in Florida

Update: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to ban fox and coyote pens! Read the update here.

“Most Floridians don’t realize that the state allows people to truck wild coyotes and foxes into Florida, unload them onto fenced acreage where they can’t escape, and then, in a cruel ‘sport,’ they let teams of dogs loose to terrorize the captive animals for hours and tear them apart,” according to a Humane Society press release.

Tomorrow morning the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will conduct a hearing in Apalachicola to decide whether or not to let it continue.

Fox and coyote pens were started in what those in charge now call a well-intended effort to train dogs that were previously causing problems to local property owners. However “well-intended” this was meant to be, it’s nothing more than barbaric form of state-sanctioned cruelty that no permit in the world can make right.

In addition to the violent nature of this sorry excuse for a sport, fox and coyote pens have led to other problems, such as a prominent black market for coyotes, which can’t be imported, in addition to introducing a new form of rabies that came in with animals from Texas.

In November, a 10-month FWC investigation lead to 12 arrests for illegal animal trade. It also uncovered pens operating without permits, according to the Herald Tribune.

“The animal smugglers could also set loose on Florida a tapeworm that can be picked up from foxes, coyotes, dogs and cats. In humans, it causes parasitic tumors in the liver, sometimes in the brain or lungs, with symptoms that don’t show up for five to 15 years. It has already turned up in foxes taken from South Carolina pens,” according to the FWC.

Regulations also require that escape routes be provided, but investigations have found that these routes and hiding places are intentionally blocked.

 

Visit Training Not Torture and Project Coyote for more information.

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9:08PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Absolutely digusting and evil and satonic to allow this to happen. I hope all those responsible for this savage killing of innocent animals all die a gruesome and painful death and rot in hell for eternity!

1:40PM PDT on May 15, 2010

Put an End to Fox and Coyote Pens in Florida AND YES IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED IN THE FIRST PLACE AND I AGREE WITH TEKLA XX AND EVERYONE ELSE.

10:24PM PDT on Apr 2, 2010

Any type of "canned hunt" such as this is horrendous. To subject any animal, even a pest species such as the fox, to such a cruel death cannot be sanctioned by any civilsed person. This has to stop NOW.

9:42PM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

Like any animal cruelty, it must stop now.

3:31AM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

I tried to sign the petition, but nothing happened when I pressed the sign button! Debbie

5:15PM PST on Mar 2, 2010

who gets pleasure from torturing animals? this is sick...

12:09PM PST on Feb 26, 2010

This is yet another atrocious crime committed against another of Mother Earth's sentient creatures. I still believe that people who take part in acts such as these and worse are born without souls............

8:51PM PST on Feb 25, 2010

The human race never ceases to amaze me....why would anyone want to be so cruel.

2:40PM PST on Feb 24, 2010

started crying when watch that video, that was just a horrible way to treat any animals. end this now, it's horrible, unneeded torture, this should end now, be considered animal cruelty.

7:45PM PST on Feb 23, 2010

When I lived in Chilliwack, I read in the paper there that certain individuals were going around asking for kittens; for pets, they said, but we, the public, later found they were collecting these tiny defenseless creatures to throw in with young half-breed wolves to teach them how to hunt.I tell you, some people in this world are rotten to the core. Where is their conscience? Where is their sense of compassion? Where is the humanity in them? What sort of life-form are they? They can't be classed as human beings.Neither can they be categorized as animals, because as we know, animals aren't cruel or sadistic.

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