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URGENT: Stop the Squirrel Mass Killing in Holley, NY!

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Unwarranted killing of animals is bad enough, but holding an animal killing contest - that's just wrong! A tiny rural town in upstate New York has been doing just that for the past seven years. They have no plans to stop, either. Please sign!


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Julie P (54)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7:59 am
Please, read the full story (

Unwarranted killing of animals is bad enough, but holding an animal killing contest – that’s just wrong! A tiny rural town in upstate New York has been doing just that for the past seven years. They have no plans to stop, either. The next “Squirrel Slam” –created as a fundraiser for the Holley, NY Fire Department — is scheduled to take place this year on February 22nd.

When this atrocity became known by animal advocates last year, Friends of Animals (FoA) initiated a campaign to stop it. Bringing much needed attention to the event in hopes of educating an uninformed public, FoA organized a demonstration in Holley, NY. Local residents showed up to counter-protest and their participation became derisive. Watch the mini documentary produced by FoA to get a first-hand view of the reactions.

Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of FoA, actually received a death threat by local Hilton, NY resident, Gregory Roth, who was promptly arrested on charges of second degree harassment. This violation carries a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail. It is undetermined what, if any, punishment Roth received.

Squirrel Slam Defined

Tickets are sold to squirrel hunters for $10 to a maximum number of 1,000. Anyone from the age of 12 or older can participate. Prizes include three amounts of money ($200, $100 and $50) to the hunter team with the highest weight of any combination of up to five squirrel corpses. In 2013 an added prize of $50 in the 12 – 14 year old category for the heaviest single dead squirrel was created. There were also drawings for five different guns. Hunting is a big part of the accepted culture in Holley. So, the Holley Fire Department creating a killing contest to raise money is viewed as “normal” for the small upstate town.

The fire department chief, Peter Hendrickson, refused FoA offers to assist in establishing non-violent fundraisers. The town’s mayor, John Kenney Jr., refused to even meet with FoA. “Holley has been unchallenged for so long,” reports Birnkrant “and the residents are indicative of what this [hunting] culture produces.” Birnkrant also told Care2 at last year’s demonstration she was surprised but delighted to find a few local residents actually come out to demonstrate with FoA.

As reported in cnhi news:

The fury over the event brought out villagers who sat on both sides of the issue, many who said they’ve never noticed the occasion in past years. Bonnie Fleischauer, who lives four blocks from the fire hall, said she thought the postings from her friends were a joke.

“I’ve supported the fire department, they’re a good group of guys … always helping people,” said Feischauer, an avid animal photographer and former wildlife rehabilitator, who spoke from the main protesting area. “This is so in opposition to what they represent the other 364 days of the year.”

The counter-protestors outnumbered animal advocates by more than 2 to 1 and included children and teenagers cheering and screaming as the hunters carried dead squirrels to the fire department to be weighed. Some attached the squirrel corpses to their trucks and autos while others hung them from their belts and jackets, waving the dead bodies at FoA protestors and taunting them with lines like “squirrels taste good.”

A massive social media campaign last year created the awareness of this killing contest. FoA worked in conjunction with New York legislators to create bills banning killing contests in New York. The Daily News reported Hendrickson received about 3,200 emails against the squirrel slam and 500 in support.

What You Can Do

If you feel this “Squirrel Slam” is an atrocity that needs to be ended:

View the mini documentary to learn about the barbaric event.
Sign the Care2 petition.
Contact Holley Fire Department online and ask they stop the egregious killing of animals. Request they plan a non-violent fund raiser. Calls can be made to 585-638-6884.
Email Mayor Kenney to request he stop the killing at:
New York residents can contact their legislators to seek support of Senate Bill 4074 and Assembly Bill 03661 by checking here."

Please read more here:

Thank you!

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 8:00 am
Disgusting how we just kill whatever we wish with no regard for the living spirit within. One might hope a town would have better things to do.... signed

Giorgio K (10)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 8:05 am

Alan Lambert (91)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 8:17 am
Signed and noted

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 8:24 am
Signed. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 8:49 am
Stupid+senseless. S+S-thx Julie

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:01 am
Signed, noted and shared.

Ingrid A (524)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:03 am

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:24 am
Signed # 1,853 & Thank you Julie

Lydia S (155)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 10:03 am
Signed , Thank you

Sue H (7)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 10:20 am
Signed yesterday. Thanks for keeping this visible for signatures!

Howard Crosse (21)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 10:58 am
A killing contest - I don't think I have ever heard of anything quite so obscene.

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (59)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 12:19 pm
S&N,thanks for sharing

Kay M (347)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 12:39 pm

Kathy g (48)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 12:58 pm
signed ~ thanks

aj E (164)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:48 pm

Ilona V (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:54 pm
Thanks Julie. Signed & noted.

We've got 2,272 signatures, help us get to 5,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicole L (79)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 4:02 pm
you took action on February 03, 2014

Lynn Carin (367)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:14 pm

Care two is lost (252)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:21 pm
Signed thanks for posting

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 9:26 pm
S & N!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 10:42 pm
Noted and signed and will reserve my comments today!

Rachael Moore (55)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 10:56 pm
Signed ~ February 3rd. Noted. Thank you Julie.

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 1:06 am
Victoria, you took action on February 06, 2014.

John De Avalon (36)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 1:38 am
Gladly signed ...

SylvieBusy A (190)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 3:37 am
Notée, signée, partagée. Merci.

Ondine J (134)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 3:46 am
Noted and signed,thanks Julie

Kerstin Strobl (123)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 4:52 am

Thursday February 6, 2014, 5:04 am
signed + noted

Gail Ring (89)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 6:19 am

Charmaine Shannon (38)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 6:25 am
Noted, Signed and Shared !! A STOP to this is a MUST !! This has taken place for way TOO LONG !!!! There are no "GAINS" in the Slaughter of Animals and the Message that it sends is VERY WRONG !!!!

Thank-You ......

Ruth C (87)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 6:51 am

Shame on you Holley, NY, for allowing this horror to continue, and for shows kids that its okay to kill anything that gets in their way, that is why there are so many loons on the streets!

June M (136)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 7:38 am
thank you
for signing:Stop the Holley, NY Squirrel Slam
we've got 3,033 signatures, help us get to 5,000


PlsNoMessage se (588)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 8:16 am
The whole story is just sad. Maybe it would be Okey to get rid of all other lifeforms than humans. Would be a dreadful AND slow killing of ALL humans. We don`t seem to get it..................

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 8:22 am
A little hush what i wrote above, but let us split the word instead. Those who love hunting and competition therein, they can live on whats left. In the same time put in oilcompanys and all the other that only think money. We other can live in peace on the other part with all we need to live and survive. Those others will soon be gone..........

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 2:07 pm
How disgusting People have got to run around like a load of delinquent loonies and under age school boys killing squirrels for nothing better to do. Dont these people have a life What did the poor squirrels ever do I suggest these people run round and kill each other This planet would be better off without these people they have no thoughts for wildlife Most people should be beginning to see that wildlife is precious now when with climate change the world is losing so many species Time this was banned find better and more humane things to do at a festival

signed & Noted

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 7:40 pm
Signed 5/2/14, noted.

Andrea Nemec (213)
Friday February 7, 2014, 2:23 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
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