Forbid Cruel Wildlife Killing Contests

Target: John J. Flanagan, New York Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Make senseless, brutal wildlife killing contests illegal in the state of New York.

An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States has revealed barbaric wildlife killing contests that are currently taking place in New York. These contests offer awards and cash prizes for slaughtering animals, and video from the investigation documented participants throwing the bodies of foxes and coyotes into piles at an award ceremony, joking about luring and killing the animals. Animal advocates and lawmakers in New York have introduced legislation (A.4116a/S.5148a) that, if passed, would make it illegal to “organize, sponsor, conduct, promote or participate in any contest, competition, tournament, or derby with the objective of taking or hunting wildlife for prizes for other inducement, or for entertainment.”

These tournaments, derbies, and drives are often touted as a means of population control, but the video of contest participants calling the slaughter “enjoyable”—as well as the use of brutal methods like predator calling, which lures animals by tricking them into thinking they’ve heard the sound of prey or young in distress—reveals them to simply be blood sport. Predators like bobcats, foxes, and coyotes are often the victims of these massacres, but other species like crows and squirrels have been targeted as well. In all of these cases, the contests contradict the principles of both science-based wildlife management and fair-chase hunting. These slaughters are senseless and unjustifiable, and must be stopped. Sign below to demand that legislation banning these inhumane contests is put into place immediately.


Dear Senator Flanagan,

Investigations by the Humane Society have revealed brutal and barbaric wildlife killing contests and events taking place in New York, and they must be put to an end by passing legislation A.4116a/S.5148a. These contests—often called tournaments, derbies, or drives—are blood sport without scientific or environmental benefit. They also flout notions of sportsmanship and respect for fair play. As Senator Phil Boyle puts it, “Our legislation would put an end to the unsportsmanlike killing of wildlife in these competitions in New York State. The participation in mass killings where the hunted have no fair chance is deeply disturbing, and hunters should be held to higher standards.”

Video from the undercover investigation shows contest participants throwing bodies onto piles, joking about how “enjoyable” these cruel methods of killing are, and receiving awards for their brutality in front of children. As Assemblymember Deborah Glick states, “There is no place for inhumane and cruel wildlife killing contests in a civilized society. These activities are portrayed by some as entertainment, but they engender a heartless disrespect for humans’ relationship with nature and are disruptive to the ecosystem. I thank the Humane Society of the United States for continuing to expose these killing contests as the cruel blood sport that they truly are. We must take meaningful action to end this senseless killing in New York and pass A.4116a/S.5148a immediately.” I urge you to heed her words and ensure that this legislation is enacted as soon as possible.


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Photo Credit: Marjorie Lipan

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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    “These contests offer AWARDS and CASH PRIZES for slaughtering animals, and video from the investigation documented participants throwing the bodies of foxes and coyotes into piles at an award ceremony, joking about LURING and KILLING the animals.” Gee, what feeble-minded idiots dreamed this past time up? I can’t imagine killing anyone or anything, unless it was in self-defense! Why on earth do we allow killing-for-the-fun-of-it to take place…taking a life should NEVER EQUAL FUN OR JOY–only for very sick people! MUST BE STOPPED!!!

  2. A fun contest for killing animals?!!! Human beings stooped to a new low.
    Twisted Minds! Minds of serial killers!
    Vile humans who take joy in killing animals for sport hopefully we’ll have a special place in hell waiting for them!

  3. Derinda Nilsson says:

    This makes me ashamed of being a New Yorker. Senator Flanagan PLEASE stop this KILLING of these sweet animals. As a tax payer I expect you should do what some of us hate this barbaric practice. PLEASE HAVE COMPASSION FOR GODS CREATURES!!!!

  4. Karen Mckay says:

    Round up these sickos, who clearly have twisted violent tendencies. Absolutely disgusting. Shame on you!!!


  6. teresa romero says:

    The end of the world is near, no doubt about it …

  7. Elizabeth Sargeant says:

    There is just no hope for mankind.

    • lynn woods says:

      these sick bastards aren’t even human and they sure aren’t men with their guns the cowardly creeps

  8. lynn woods says:

    what’s the US turned into some asian country now the sick bastards that do this should be put away what kind of a country allows this to go on only asian ones I thought and we’re fighting against them all the time now New York is allowing this to go on may they all up and die painfully for doing this to animals the sick bastards

  9. Sophie Debbane says:

    The award for the sickest and cruelest goes to … MANKIND! As a Canadian, I respectfully urge Senator Flanagan to end this atrocity.

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