Stop Murdering Animals for Fun

Target: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Goal: Severely restrict wildlife killing contests throughout public lands in the U.S.

Wildlife killing contests are organized events during which people compete against one another to see who can kill the most or largest animals in a specified amount of time. Each year these competitions, also referred to as tournaments, result in the deaths of thousands of coyotes, wolves, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, and other wildlife. Many of these animals aren’t protected by U.S. legislation, and can often be killed in unlimited numbers. The removal of these important native species is not only saddening, but it also has devastating effects on the natural ecosystems which these, typically carnivorous, animals help to maintain. After the event has finished and the prize is won, animal carcasses are discarded as they are no longer useful to participants.

Competitors violate many fundamental aspects of hunting codes of conduct, and hunters lure animals to them using cruel methods. One particularly disturbing technique is the use of electronic calling devices that are meant to tempt foxes and coyotes into rifle range. These devices, which mimic the sounds of prey species or of a fox or coyote in distress, prey on the empathetic bonds these intelligent, social animals develop towards one another. These canids will typically move in the direction of the sound, eager to help a peer in need, and end up getting shot to death instead.

A new bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives this year that could change all of this. H.R.7398, the Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests Act of 2022, would prevent organizing, sponsoring, conducting, or participating in these types of wildlife killing contests on public lands throughout the U.S. It would also require that federal land managers, for instance the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service, enact regulations that would eliminate these contests within a year.

These wasteful, unnecessary killing competitions have already been banned in several states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington, who prohibit these events on state lands within their borders. Now, it is the rest of the U.S.’s turn. Sign this petition to end wildlife killing contests on public land in every state.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Pelosi,

Wildlife killing contests are an extreme display of human greed and wastefulness. Thousands of beautiful coyotes, wolves, bobcats, prairie dogs, raccoons, mountain lions, foxes, and other wildlife are senselessly murdered in such contests each year, all for a small cash prize or bragging rights. After the contests, animals’ carcasses are discarded, thrown into landfills or left to rot. Competitors use inhumane methods to lure and trap animals, including the sounding of electronic calling devices that play recordings of animals in distress to attract foxes and coyotes. These intelligent animals capable of forming close bonds with peers falsely believe they are going to save a friend, and instead find themselves caught in a crossfire, forced to run for their lives.

Bill H.R.7398, the Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests Act of 2022, has recently been introduced to the House of Representatives. If this bill passes, the organizing, sponsoring, conducting, or participating in these types of wildlife killing contests on public land would be prohibited. Several states across the U.S, such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington, already prohibit these ruthless killing competitions on state territories within their borders.

We are now asking you, Ms. Pelosi, to end these competitions on all federal lands across the U.S.. These cruel competitions have no place in modern society.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program


81 Comments

  1. Cameron Walsh says:

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  2. STOP MURDERING ALL WILDLIFE ANIMALS AND EVERYWHERE ELSE TOO IMMEDIATELY!!! START KILLING ALL THESE STUPID IDIOTS AKA ANIMAL KILLERS PRONTO & DON’T STOP UNTIL ALL THESE ANIMALL KILLERS AND DEAD NOW!!!!!

  3. quinten putnam says:

    I can’t imagine killing any innocent being that is merely trying to survive just like the rest of us for “FUN”. Not fun for the animals for sure!!!! How about we pledge to live in harmony with others we share this earth with.

  4. Susan Ecks says:

    SICK SAD AND PURE EVIL FOR THESE INNOCENT ANIMALS WHO ARE BRUTALLY MURDERED FOR A SENSELESS SPORT!!!!
    PELOSI NEEDS TO STEP UP AND SIGN LAWS TO PROTECT THESE ANIMALS FROM THIS SENSELESS SLAUGHTER AND PROSECUTE AND FINE THESE MONSTERS WHO DO THIS TO INNOCENT ANIMALS WHO CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES!!!!

    • I second that emotion Susan!
      I wish these scumbags could hunt & kill each other instead of precious innocent wildlife. They are not humans – they are monsters & the hatred I feel for them is overwhelming.

  5. Jennifer cotterelll says:

    This must stop leave animals in peace to live their life’s as should be

  6. It’s only entertaining to cowardly dumbass humans that haven’t got to guts to join the military! If they want to kill so badly, then they should enlist. At least then, they would be killing for a patriotic purpose.

  7. Please stop killing wildlife! These beautiful creatures deserve better!

  8. Shirley Lemieux says:

    I support this Petition to the fullest.

  9. F….. the organisers of such ‘games’!

  10. This is beyond cruel! This is outright murder for so-called sport and “fun”…what a ridiculous and wrong-headed example to teach young people…that killing wildlife for fun is fine…nothing wrong with it.

    THIS MUST BE BANNED AND OUTLAWED IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY!

    If you have such a need to kill living things, kindly do us all a favor and set up human hunting and killing contests and leave the poor wildlife alone!

  11. This sort of thing makes me ashamed to be a human. Barbaric, cruel and senseless

  12. These inbred hicks who do this need to be put down. There is no excuse on earth that would ever justify this atrocity. I think I’ve heard and seen the lowest of the lowest crap that people can do, then this human garbage comes up with this bs they need to be hunted. Let them be murdered for sport, then they would get it.

  13. This lowlife human scum are unscrupulous bastards and animal abusers. How come that these sadistic psychopaths have law behind them, protecting their acts of cruelty against innocent and defenseless animals. These brainless killers must stopped!!!

  14. Monica+Lee+Koski says:

    Killing innocent animals for the “thrill of the kill”, or ” bragging rights” allows overzealous hunters to murder animals by any means it takes, to compete in and win a so called cruel “contest” and that is just plain senseless, sadistic and disgusting! In addition to the obvious cruelty of this so called sport, the hunters involved are key in helping to destroy our balanced ecosystem! All Wildlife killing contests should be banned across all 50 states!!

  15. Maria Lavorato says:

    OMG OMG!! These small minded psycho’s have no life…no heart…no soul. THEY ARE VOID OF HUMANITY!!.

    GET THEM ALL!! WHAT A DEMENTED SOCIETY THAT IT COMES TO PASSING A BILL TO STOP SUCH DERANGED BEHAVIOUR AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT ALREADY AGES AGO PUT IN PLACE LAWS TO STOP AND PUNISH SEVERELY ANYONE ENGAGING IN THESE TORTUROUS SPORTS!!!!!! SICK SICK SICK ALL AROUND!!

    ALL ANIMALS ARE SO MUCH BETTER!!! THAN HUMANS!!

    PASS THIS BILL NOW!!!! H.R.7398, the Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests Act of 2022, would prevent organizing, sponsoring, conducting, or participating in these types of wildlife killing contests on public lands throughout the U.S.

  16. The losers who hunt some poor innocent animal … are the ones who SHOULD BE HUNTED DOWN. See if it’s fun for them then

  17. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by how its animals are treated.” Gandhi

    These contests are among the most depraved of all human history.These animals are given life by our creator and nature for a purpose. Clearly,this debauchery and destruction for amusement isn’t it. These are sentient, social, beautiful,iconic animals. This event destroys all of that and more. No doubt, many young animals left hidden or in dens or trees will be left waiting for parents that will never return and will die. And for what? A killing game?
    Animals are endowed with the impulse to survive and thrive, enjoy living in nature, mate bear young and bond with family and peers. They have lives of their own. They express intelligence, affection and they experience happiness but also experience physical pain, and the fear and horror of imminent death just as humans do.All of this has been confirmed by science.They even cry, smile,and laugh. They really own only one thing, their lives. Deceiving them, ambushing them, and killing them for amusement is the epitome of barbary and cruelty. Noncruelty to animals is one of the Noahide laws meant for all humanity. And, acts of cruelty to an animal resulting in severe harm or death was signed into law by a US president as a felony crime. Don’t expect other countries to respect our requests of improved animal welfare laws when we don’t even follow those principles ourselves. Our United States is supposed to be the home of the brave. It is incumbent upon us to respect our land and its creatures.It is our innate duty to steward and protect not torture, mock, and kill wildlife. This event represents nothing of value. It is sick, indefensible cruelty to the point of depravity. It is inconceivable to me that this ever existed in the first place. Shut this down now! End this depraved torture and killing game now!

  18. David Holdcroft says:

    So many Americans seem to think the answer to all their problems is Kill anything that moves. you’re such a sad country. The rest of the world thinks you’re a very violent Country. Kill or be killed is not how the world works.

  19. Joseph Kenosky says:

    Anyone that does this for fun should be wiped out completely.

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