…Killing the most and biggest coyotes for prizes known as coyote-killing derbies are legal and held in many states. The latest news has Vermont, one of two states now working to ban coyote-killing contests. The other state, California banned coyote-killing derbies in 2014. Let’s hope this trend catches on as Vermont House Votes To Ban Coyote-Killing Competitions reported on Vermont Public Radio News on Thursday February 22, 2018:
The ban on “holding or participating” in coyote-killing tournaments was included in a major fish and wildlife bill that passed the Vermont House this week. It’s estimated there are between 6,000 and 9,000 coyotes in Vermont, and people can hunt them at any time of the year.
Backers of the ban, such as Underhill Rep. Trevor Squirrell, said the competitions serve no useful purpose and run counter to the state’s hunting culture.
“It addresses what many Vermonters feel is unacceptable and unethical activity that occurs toward coyotes, the incentivized killing of an animal through an organized competition,” said Squirrell. “This type of activity violates hunter ethics.” VPR News
Let’s not disguise killing wildlife for prizes as sport. Killing wildlife for prize money is not ethical hunting. It’s more about killing for fun and recreation, that has absolutely nothing to do with conservation or respecting wild animals.
“Killing a sentient creature for the purpose of a contest, derby or tournament for essentially fun and prizes – there’s something that’s just very fundamentally wrong about that.” ~Camilla Fox, Project Coyote