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Wildlife killing contests – violent, inhumane, and indefensible
Ban Wildlife Killing Contests
Wildlife killing contests are organized events in which participants compete for prizes by attempting to kill the most animals over a certain time period. Many of these contests are well-publicized and sponsored. Coyotes are the most common target. Bobcats, foxes, badgers, skunks, prairie dogs, and wolves are also targeted. In 2018, Vermont became the first state to ban this brutal bloodsport.
Each of these species is a key part of healthy, functioning ecosystems. Killing contests devalue native wildlife and glorify wasteful violence, while disrupting natural processes. They give ethical hunters a bad name and serve no legitimate management purpose. Moreover, they can actually exacerbate conflicts with livestock; peer-reviewed studies on cougars, coyotes, and wolves demonstrate this result.
In New Mexico, approximately 30 wildlife killing contests are held every year. We’re working hard to end these reprehensible competitions and provide carnivores with the peace and respect they deserve.
Defend the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act is our country’s most essential environmental law protecting imperiled plants and animals, yet some members of Congress want to weaken the law. Tell Congress you value native wildlife and want to see all imperiled species protected.
How You Can Help
Help protect the incredible, vulnerable wildlife of the West! Be a guardian for the wild by joining the conversation, learning about current issues, and making your voice heard. Together, we’re a powerful force for nature.
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