Stop Letting Wild Animals be Senselessly Killed for Fun and Prizes

  • by: Alicia Graef
  • recipient: Arizona Game and Fish Commission

As awareness grows about the horrors of wildlife killing contests that continue to take place across the country, efforts to see them ended have continued to grow with it and more areas have taken a stand against them.

Now, there's a chance to make them a thing of the past in Arizona.

These contests, which are also known as drives or derbies reward people of all ages with cash prizes and weapons, among other things, for killing the biggest and most animals. While native predators are most often the victims, many other species have sadly also found themselves targets in these events.

According to Project Coyote, every year hundreds of bobcats, coyotes, cougars, foxes, rabbits, badgers and other species are killed in contests like these that take place in Arizona.

Now, however, wildlife officials are considering changing that. The Arizona Game and Fish (AZGF) Commission has proposed a rule that would make it illegal to organize, participate in, and promote wildlife killing contests throughout the state.

While these competitions are often held under the guise of wildlife management, or predator control, wildlife advocates and scientists argue that they're not only cruel but counter to the goal of reducing conflicts with "nuisance" animals and that the indiscriminate killing of predators also ignores the valuable role they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

In the end, it's more than clear that these events are not about wildlife management, or even hunting, but about glorifying the killing of animals for fun and personal gain.

Please sign and share this petition urging the AZGF to adopt a rule change to Article 3, R12-4-303 to ban these indefensible events in the state.

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