Stop Barbaric Squirrel-Killing Contest in New York

The Holley Fire Department in upstate New York is currently getting ready to slaughter red and gray squirrels at its seventh annual “Hazard County Squirrel Slam” on Saturday, February 16, which will be open to both adults and children.

The contest is being sponsored by the fire department to raise funds and, according to the fire chief, to “control the squirrel population.” However, no one seems to have any evidence that there actually is a problem with overpopulation in the area.

The contest has drawn criticism from several animal advocacy organizations. They have now been joined by New York Senator Tony Avella, who will be holding a press conference along with Friends of Animals (FoA) “to immediately cancel the event,” reports the Epoch Times.

Thousands of others have written letters, circulated petitions and made calls asking the mayor and the fire department to call off the contest.

“Squirrels are not shooting targets, and the NRA’s brainwashing scheme to indoctrinate children to seize guns—and then to create a spectacle of dead animals for prize money and firearms is a disastrous, convoluted idea,” said Priscilla Feral, president of FoA.

Those who kill the most squirrels will be eligible for big cash prizes, first place winners will get $200, with a special youth category being introduced this year and a $50 prize for whoever kills the biggest squirrel. In addition to cash prizes, the fire department will also be holding a drawing to give away a number of firearms, including an AR/22 semiautomatic rifle – a version of the assault weapon recovered from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“There is no telling how many squirrels will be killed at this event but is certain that many of these little animals will be wounded, some of them left to crawl away to suffer and die slowly. Females will likely be pregnant, and some may well have recently given birth, only to be killed and leave their young alone to starve to death,” according to In Defense of Animals.

FoA is planning a protest at the Holley Fire Department from 3-6 pm on the day of the contest and will be joined by others from local groups including Animal Advocates of Western New York and Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate New York.

“On February 16, Holley will be filled with animal advocates who believe that violent, regressive events like the ‘Squirrel Slam’ need to bite the dust,” said Edita Birnkrant, FoA’s New York Director. “There are plenty of creative, entertaining ways to raise monies that don’t involve prompting children to kill animals with guns.”

TAKE ACTION!

Please sign the petition asking the Holley Fire Department and the Mayor of Holley to cancel this horrific event.

 

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322 comments

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitneyabout a year ago

Petition closed, shared, stop this horrible cruel killing, mongerals.

Nicolas Nasrallah
Nicolas Nasrallahabout a year ago

how can anyone call squirrels a menace and disease carriers, the only menace on the face of this planet are humans and we are the main disease carriers , some one should educate people before they talk. Every species has the right to co-exist this planet was not made only for humans . Get real people, specially the goofs that want to dominate .

Diane S.
Diane S.2 years ago

"I though (care2) was a good thing to join, but all it is basically is a bunch of Gladis Cravits (from Bewitched) wining about everything in the world, when the problems are created by people exactly like you (including everyone on this site). I can sticking up for animal right and endangered species (but) hunting in this country has been a (good thing) forever and why should it change because of idiots like you. The town in New York, has anyone mentioned that the squirrels are a menace to the town, carry disease and put children playing at risk because of the over population of squirrels. You people just sign anything to make yourselves feel important when in fact you look like bunch of retards...grow up!"


Really Jeff? NY is menaced by squirrels and all the children are at risk? I think they are more at risk from people who think it's OK to still use the word "retard". Shame on you.

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jeff wheeler
jeff wheeler2 years ago

I though (care2) was a good thing to join, but all it is basically is a bunch of Gladis Cravits (from Bewitched) wining about everything in the world, when the problems are created by people exactly like you (including everyone on this site). I can sticking up for animal right and endangered species (but) hunting in this country has been a (good thing) forever and why should it change because of idiots like you. The town in New York, has anyone mentioned that the squirrels are a menace to the town, carry disease and put children playing at risk because of the over population of squirrels. You people just sign anything to make yourselves feel important when in fact you look like bunch of retards...grow up!

jeff wheeler
jeff wheeler2 years ago

Hi, I live in Boone Iowa and just seen this article and video on the problem animal rights activist are having with your towns tradition. I would like to praise you for contributing to the adults and children in having a tradition that involves families and children. I think this is much better than the traditional American family has acted in the last 50 years, instead of drugs and violence your implementing something that has been missing from the family entity for years..and that is hunting and something that use to be a family tradition. This is the reason this country has went to hell, because all these nitpicking activist trying to make a big deal out of something (just) because they may not like it, and that is totally wrong. I grew up hunting with my father and fishing (they do have fishing tournaments) and I will always as an adult look back at them days of spending time with my father as sacred. Killing fish is no different i suppose your going to try and stop all the fishing tournaments in the world. What has this society become, most of you wonder why this world is what it is today...because of people like you..i am ashamed to be called an American.

Danial Woolworth
Past Member 3 years ago

There are many other ways to raise fund rather than killing animals

Danial Woolworth
Past Member 3 years ago

Poor squirrels are not safe in the world. Petition closed

Galina Medyanova
Galina Medyanova3 years ago

Disgusting! I'm indignant.

Amandine S.
Past Member 3 years ago

That's horrific !

Patricia Guilhem
Patricia Guilhem3 years ago

Quels sont les imbéciles de 1% qui ont voté non. Bande de pourritures humaines, le carnage d' animaux vous amusent.Regardez vous dans une glace et flinguez vous.