Ban Cruel Coyote Killing Contests

Target: Tony Wasley, Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife

Goal: Ban the inhumane and ecologically dangerous practice of holding coyote killing contests in Nevada.

Brutal wildlife hunting contests in Nevada offer cash and prizes for the most animal carcasses, and an upcoming contest held by the Nevada Predator Hunters will target coyotes, killing them cruelly and then disposing of their bodies as if they were trash. Participants often use powerful and unsporting weapons, including electronic calling devices. Along with the mass amounts of animals who are killed outright, countless young are orphaned and left to die of starvation and exposure.

These types of contests are not only inhumane, they are ecologically irresponsible. Mass killing of predators has effects felt throughout the ecosystem. Coyote communities themselves become unbalanced, and these contests could even trigger a rapid increase in breeding, tipping the scales in the other direction. Killing native animals like coyotes fails to address any real problems, and can actually lead to more conflicts with livestock. And the demonization of coyotes is not only unfair but untrue: coyotes are an important part of keeping rodent and other ‘pest’ populations in check. They do not deserve to be killed en masse. Sign below to demand that Nevada ban these cruel and dangerous killing contests.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Wasley,

The upcoming Annual Nevada Coyote Calling Championship held by the Nevada Predator Hunters, along with other wildlife killing contests, are inhumane and dangerous, and must be stopped. Even some sportsmen’s organizations oppose and condemn “programs, contests or competitions that directly place a bounty on game animals by awarding cash or expensive prizes for the taking of wildlife.” These gruesome contests brutally kill mass amounts of animals and treat their bodies like nothing more than trash.

Additionally, these contests are environmentally dangerous. Human extermination of so many native predators all at once destroys the balance of ecosystems and can have damaging effects in the long term, such as increases in breeding to balance the scales, more conflicts with livestock, and less natural pest control (coyotes, for example, play a large role in keeping rodent populations in check). I urge you to ban cruel wildlife killing contests like the Nevada Coyote Calling Championship.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jitze Couperus

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15 Comments

  1. Cynthia Mattera says:

    This is disgusting! What the hell is wrong with you people? These are living , breathing animals who do NOT deserve to be murdered for a GD trophy or prize, then tossed like trash. Stop this at once. Find another humane way to win a trophy. You are teaching kids and their parents that its OK to terrify and kill a helpless animal. Please stop this at once! Shame on all of you!!!!

  2. Tina shurtleff says:

    Is this a third world country? What disgusting people that obviously have no morals or compassion to kill
    Any animal
    For their sick entertainment. My dollars will not be spent there anymore.

  3. KatWrangler WELCH says:

    Typical a-hole thinking. What we can’t get along with – kill it.

    Between rattler roundups, coyote extermination, even going after community cats … when the rodent population gets out of control, hope you all enjoy the plague and hanta.

  4. Tanya Knappman says:

    What the hell is wrong with Nevada to allow this kind of animal abuse??? Boycott Nevada and see if money talks!!

  5. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

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