The Humane Society of the United States went undercover earlier this year in New York and Maryland to document what goes on at these gruesome events that take place all around the country. The HSUS just released these statements about the Washington ban:
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States said:
“We have made it our mission to end all wildlife killing contests—gruesome events that make a game out of recklessly and indiscriminately killing animals for cash, prizes and bragging rights. These competitions that feature piles of animal carcasses are not only cruel and unsporting, but they are also at odds with science. Wild carnivores like coyotes and foxes regulate their own numbers, and the mass killing of these animals does not prevent conflicts with livestock, people or pets.” More from Kitty Block on her blog just released.
Dan Paul, Washington senior state director of the Humane Society of the United States said:
“Today, Washington became the seventh state in the country to ban wildlife killing contests, sending a message to the nation that the senseless killing of animals for cash and prizes does not belong in a civilized society. We applaud the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for passing this rule, which recognizes that the vast majority of the state’s citizens will not tolerate this reprehensible practice. We urge other states to follow.”