Target: Chief Pete Hendrickson, Holly Fire Department
Goal: Stop the senseless killing of squirrels as part of a fundraising contest for a fire department
Every year the Fire Department in Holly, New York holds a fundraising contest where people rack up squirrel kills to win money and guns. This barbaric contest glorifies guns and devalues life as children are encouraged to kill as many small, defenseless, animals as they can. Demand the end to this horribly misguided fundraiser.
The annual Holly Squirrel Slam is a fundraising contest for the Holly Fire Department during which people, both children and adults, are rewarded for the mass killing of squirrels. After a day of slaughtering as many as they can, the hunters take the corpses to the fire department for a weigh-in. Prizes of cash and guns are awarded for things like “Heaviest Squirrel” and “Most Kills”.
There are strong correlations between how people empathize with animals and how well they can empathize with other people. Animal killing contests teach children that the lives of these animals have no value and devalue life in general. They are not being hunted for food or population control, it’s killing purely for sport and entertainment. In a country becoming increasingly more violent, children should not be taught to thoughtlessly slaughter defenseless animals.
Condemn this misguided fundraiser and demand the end to contest killing.
Dear Chief Hendrickson,
The annual Squirrel Slam hosted by the Holly Fire Department is sending the wrong message about the value of life and animal conservation to the young people of Holly, New York. Hunting for food and population control can be important components for protecting the overall health of some species of animals, particularly in places where their natural predators have been decimated or removed, but the Squirrel Slam is the mass killing of animals solely for entertainment.
Teaching children that killing as many animals as possible results in rewards devalues the life of those animals and decreases a child’s empathy for other creatures. Studies have shown direct correlations between the ability of people to empathize with animals and how well they can empathize with other human beings. Other studies show that cruelty to animals as a child is a key indicator of violent behavior towards people later in life. How we teach children to treat animals matters.
Chief Hendrickson, find a new way to raise funds to support the work being done by the Holly Fire Department. Animal killing contests have no place in our society and teach the wrong lessons to children about the value of life and empathy towards both animals and other people. Stop this horrifically misguided contest.
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