Killing Contests, For the thrill of it?
“It’s just enjoyable, it’s just the thrill” claims one wildlife killing contestant on an undercover video taken by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The video highlights a 24 hour “Predator Killing Contest” held by the Parlin Buck Club in Barnegat, New Jersey. This is just one of hundreds of “Varmint” killing contests held at “game” clubs all over the county. “Varmint” being callously and imprecisely defined as coyotes, foxes, bobcats, rodents, wolves, prairie dogs, and all considered un-regulated “game” animals by nearly all State Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Indeed, only two (2) states, California and most recently Vermont, have taken the initiative to prohibit wildlife killing contests.
These killing contests claim to serve a purpose or valuable public service like “Shoot a Coyote, Save a Deer!” Save a deer for who you might ask, for those who cherish the majestic creature or for the game hunter collecting tags at the “club”? It seems to be a way for die hard hunters to hunt with virtually no regulation, in our eyes. With the truth about these killing contests being exposed, pressure is mounting on State Fish and Wildlife Agencies to ban these gruesome and destructive “contests”. The Pegasus Foundation is proud to be a member of the National Coalition to Ban Wildlife Killing Contests, through which individual member organizations such as the HSUS, Project Coyote(www.projectcoyote.org) and Pegasus are taking action to increase pressure for change. Pegasus Foundation applauds the work of The HSUS and Project Coyote for exposing the grizzly sight of what these contests really are and the work of acclaimed author Ted Williams for his exposé article Coyote Carnage: The Gruesome Truth about Wildlife Killing Contests just published for Yale Environment 360. The links to both the undercover video and article are below. Join us in exposing this horrific slaughter for fun and urge your State Fish and Wildlife Agency to prohibit all Wildlife killing contests by signing the petition below and sharing with others.