Coalition Speaks Up to Stop National Wildlife Killing Contest

Animal advocates are taking action to stop a barbaric coyote killing contest, which is one of the first to take this cruelty nationwide.

These contests, which are also known as drives, tournaments or derbies, reward people of all ages with cash prizes and weapons for killing the biggest and most animals.

Sadly, coyotes, who have been left without legal protection and can be killed year round in unlimited numbers and discarded like nothing more than trash, are often targeted by events like these and they’re currently in the crosshairs of hunters participating in the United States Predator Challenge.

This contest, which will award prizes for killing the most coyotes, is one of the first to combine different regions of the country taking it to the national level.

Fortunately, coyotes aren’t without advocates. Now more than 50 scientists and 30 animal advocacy organizations who have formed the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests are calling on state lawmakers and wildlife officials to shut it down and ensure no future events like this take place.

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

“Indiscriminately killing coyotes through events such as the U.S. Predator Challenge may lead to more coyotes and more conflicts because it creates instability in coyote family structures. Special-interest agricultural and trophy hunting groups perpetuate myths about coyotes in part because it is considered more expedient to kill than to implement responsible, science-based conservation and management,” said Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote and a founding member of the Coalition.

It’s more than clear that these events are not about wildlife management or even hunting, but about glorifying the senseless killing of animals for fun and personal gain. Earlier this year that was made abundantly clear by an undercover investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that offered a glimpse into these contests, exposing the dangerous and indifferent attitudes they promote towards wildlife – which is especially troubling when it comes to what they teach children about our relationship with the species we share this earth with.

“Wildlife killing contests remove any notion of fair chase, the fundamental hunting ethic that dictates that the hunter should not gain an unfair advantage over the hunted,” said Jill Fritz, director of wildlife protection at the HSUS and a founding member of the Coalition. “Participants often use electronic calling devices to attract coyotes into rifle range with sounds that mimic prey or even the cries of a coyote in distress. Manipulating animals’ natural curiosity or compassion to lure them in for an easy kill is a reprehensible practice condemned by hunters and non-hunters alike.”

Thankfully progress is being made towards ending these types of events. Following a victory in California in 2014, Vermont became the second state in the nation to ban them this year, and more states will be considering similar legislation next year.

Hopefully the coalition will be successful in ending this event, and more public awareness and pressure will lead to more bans elsewhere.

For more about these contests and info on how to help stop them, check out the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests.

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98 comments

Jack Y
Jack Y2 months ago

Thanks.

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Jack Y
Jack Y2 months ago

Thanks.

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John J
John J2 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J2 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner2 months ago

Margaret F. Humans are basically mutated monkey like creatures that have no role in any biosystem on Earth other than being a cancer that rapes the Earth. If you like killing so much than why don't you volunteer to be hunted down. I'm sure there's plenty of humans that would oblige like the killers of Nazi Germany, Rwanda, Khmer Rouge.. the list of humans that will kill for the sake of killing is endless. 7.5 billion humans do NOT have a "right" to hunt, sorry. The only right hunters have is the right to end their own lives.

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Barbara B
Barbara B2 months ago

There must be a better way to earn money than to kill innocent animals. Incredible that this exists. Shame on those who sponsor and those who participate.

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D3 months ago

The words killing and contest should NEVER be in the same sentence and they certainly should NEVER be an actual event. Disgusting!

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Richard B
Past Member 3 months ago

thank you for sharing

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

Thank you.

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Jacqueline GLYDE
Jacqueline GLYDE3 months ago

People born without a soul or a conscience

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