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Help end wildlife killing contests in Massachusetts

Dear Friend,

Wildlife killing contests are occurring across the country – including here in Massachusetts. In these cruel and unsporting events, participants compete for cash and prizes for killing the heaviest, largest, or most coyotes, foxes, bobcats, squirrels, even groundhogs and other animals. Once the prizes are awarded and the celebratory dinner is over, contest participants often toss away the bodies of the animals as if they are trash.

You can take steps to end these gruesome spectacles by advocating for a municipal bylaw to ban wildlife killing contests in your city or town. HSUS' toolkit, "Wildlife Killing Contests: A guide to ending the blood sport in your community," provides detailed steps, background, expert statements, talking points, and sample letters to media and public officials to help get you started.

HILLTOWNS AREA RESIDENTS: Please attend the public listening session on coyote management and killing contests on Thursday, May 9, 6-8 pm at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School (26 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls) and voice your opposition to coyote killing contests. 

The session will include a short presentation from MassWildlife staff, followed by an opportunity for attendees to comment and ask questions. 

These cruel and wasteful contests are an embarrassment to our Commonwealth and have nothing to do with responsible wildlife management or fair chase hunting. Read more in HSUS' formal comments in opposition to Massachusetts' wildlife killing contests and this HSUS blog post about cruel contest occurring throughout the United States.

Thank you

Taking time out of your life to advocate for animals in your community makes a difference, thank you! You're helping build a more humane Massachusetts. 

Want to do more to help? Consider applying to be a part of our volunteer leader team by applying to be a district leader. District leaders serve as an HSUS ambassador in your community and advance the HSUS' federal and state animal protection legislative priorities.

Stephanie J. Harris
Massachusetts & Rhode Island  State Director
Humane Society of the United States

Research has found that the mass killing of wild carnivores like coyotes will not mitigate conflicts with livestock or increase game species like deer. Persecution disrupts coyote breeding structure and may trigger increased reproduction. The indiscriminate killing of coyotes fails to target problem animals, and can lead to an increase in conflicts.

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