february 2nd 2013
Stop Squirrel Bloodbath In Holley, New York
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The firefighters' oath of protecting lives doesn't mean anything in Orleans County, New York as their fire department is gearing up for a "squirrel shoot 'em up" event on February 16!
The fire department in Holley, New York is sponsoring the seventh annual "Squirrel Slam," an annual event organized for the mass killing of squirrels, with prizes given to the individuals who kill the largest and heaviest of the animals, often the pregnant females.
This year, the squirrel killing contest has a "youth" category for children 14 years and under, and is offering big cash prizes for kids and adults.
While grey and red squirrels are the primary victims of these appalling killing contests, the children are also victims. Encouraging kids to kill animals for fun teaches them that animals do not have any value other than serving as targets; that one can make money from blasting away defenseless animals; and that killing and suffering inflicted on animals is not only acceptable but is encouraged.
There is no telling how many squirrels will be killed at this event but is certain that many of these little animals will be wounded, some of them left to crawl away to suffer and die slowly. Females will likely be pregnant, and some may well have recently given birth, only to be killed and leave their young alone to starve to death.
1) Use the form below to send your comments to local officials, plus Governor Cuomo. Tell them that responsible governments and communities don't sponsor perverse cruelty to animals. Instead, real government promotes compassion and respect for innocent animals AND children.
2) Follow up your emails with phone calls to each of the officials listed below.
Personalize and submit the form below to send your comments to:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Phone: 518-474-8390
Mayor John Kenney, Jr., Phone: 585-638-6367
Orleans County of Tourism, Phone: 1-800-724-0314
... and Members of the Board of Trustees:
Ross Gaylord, Phone: 585-638-6367
David Dill, Phone: 585-638-6367
Lewis Passarell, Phone: 585-638-6367
Donald Penna, Phone: 585-638-6367
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As a supporter of In Defense of Animals (IDA) who cares deeply about the humane treatment of squirrels and other wildlife, I am shocked to learn that a squirrel killing contest is being sponsored by the tax-funded Fire Department of Holley, New York.
The Fire Department's sponsoring of a killing spree that includes a "youth" category where kids 14 and under are encouraged to kill harmless and defenseless animals is appalling for its inherent animal cruelty touted as family entertainment, and it sends a fatally wrong message to impressionable children.
A squirrel killing contest sends the message to kids that it is OK to kill, to have fun while blasting away defenseless animals, and that inflicting pain and suffering on animals is not only acceptable but is encouraged. We have seen the consequences of such teachings when teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold bragged about cruelty to cats before opening fire at Columbine High School.
With so much controversy surrounding guns, and guns in the hands of children, I find it outrageous that a respected group of public officials such as the firefighters of Holley encourages children to be violent to the smallest and most defenseless animals, and to take home money for killing squirrels.
Firefighters are revered as heroes protecting and saving lives, not destroying them. They have no business teaching children who look up to them how to violently take animal lives.
I request that the Holley Fire Department immediately cancel its sponsorship of this horrific squirrel killing event, and instead educate the community about compassion and respect to other beings.