Reckless California Killing Contests Continue Despite Ban on Prizes

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on February 3, 2015

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This weekend, February 6-8, the town of Adin, in the rural northeast corner of California, will hold its annual coyote killing spree, the “Big Valley Coyote Drive,” despite the 2014 ban on prizes for killing furbearing animals in contests. Last week, concerned about the high potential for law-breaking at this event, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sent a formal letter to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Law Enforcement Division, asking them to send an observer to the Pit River Rod and Gun Club and Adin Supply-sponsored killing contest. Last December, the California Fish and Game Commission banned the distribution of prizes in killing contests.

Historically, every February for the last eight years, contest participants in Adin’s Coyote Drive have competed for large cash prizes and other awards (like expensive artillery) to see who can kill the most native coyotes. These prizes were outlawed in 2014 in California’s Fish and Game Code § 2003:

“it is unlawful to offer any prize or other inducement as a reward for the taking of furbearers in an individual contest, tournament, or derby.”

California taxpayers overwhelmingly support the Commission’s ban on killing contest prizes. A wide majority of hunters also support the ban. In these bloodbaths, animals like foxes, coyotes, and bobcats are cruelly killed for no other reason than to procure prizes for killing. Tens of thousands of signatures have been garnered on a Project Coyote petition to ban wildlife killing contests in California.

Killing contests are reckless wildlife management: those who defend the killing sprees by pointing to an increase in coyote populations refuse to acknowledge science which has conclusively shown that killing animals haphazardly like this increases their populations and worsens any “problem” they may create for “livestock.” These contests are creating the problem they pretend to be controlling, and are ineffective at best, savage at worst: glorifying killing for the sake of killing. As ALDF has repeatedly shown, nonlethal predator control works, is more effective, and is more humane.

As a leader in humane laws, California should ban all killing contests—not just the prizes that have traditionally been awarded to hunters. Until that safeguard is in place, California’s Department of Fish & Wildlife must ensure that these reckless killing sprees—like Adin’s this week—are acting in accordance with the ban on prizes that reward this mindless destruction of wildlife.

Please sign ALDF’s pledge to boycott all killing contests.


88 thoughts on “Reckless California Killing Contests Continue Despite Ban on Prizes

  1. Jeri Opalk says:

    Cruelty should never be encouraged, no matter what justification is given.

  2. Isabel menzel says:

    It’s simply not a good solution and a horrible waste.

  3. Andrew Eisenberg says:

    This really sucks and is totally unfair . Needs to stop now

  4. Kimberly Townsend says:

    No excuses, this must stop.

  5. David Fisher says:

    Disgusting, vile murder.

  6. Maria Paris says:

    Please stop this insane Killing!

  7. Heidi Shuler says:

    Just stop all the killing and violence.
    Please, just stop

  8. Terry Poage says:

    Please stop the slaughter of innocent animals. These are all God’s innocent creatures. He saved them on the ark when he destroyed earth the first time around for a purpose. They are innocent. This is just cruel murder of innocent souls. You should be ashamed of yourselve killing God’s innocent creatures.

  9. N Topping says:

    STOP THE NEEDLESS SLAUGHTER!!!

  10. THIS IS NO CONTEST. ONLY COWARDS PARTICIPATE IN THIS HORROR. THIS IS SO TERRIBLY WRONG.

  11. Lisa Povedano says:

    Wildlife disappearing from the surface of the planet in horrifying numbers, the same wildlife that keeps a perfect balance for a healthy environment for all creatures, including self centered dumb as dumb humans, and “civilized” people still act like savages that will bring the world to an end, out of sheer stupidity, by killing ANYTHING THAT IS NOT HUMAN, plant and animal.

  12. Ximena Ramirez says:

    Stop killing animals

  13. Anabel Salinas says:

    Please stop the slaughter of innocent animals.

  14. eric rivers says:

    Stop killing animals for sport, the year is 2015 not 1920. Unbelievable!

  15. Linelle Melle says:

    This needs to be stopped. This is a sick way on entertaining yourselves

  16. Dana says:

    stop the killing!

  17. Erica Brown says:

    It’s rather like being stupid. You’re unaware but those around you are affected. Same being redneck and totally lacking in human compassion. It’s everything else that suffers. For total shame.

  18. Maria E Godoy says:

    Stop the killings this cruelty must stop.

  19. Russi Taylor says:

    This murder needs to stop!

  20. judith degolyer says:

    This is horrible. You must stop killing innocent animals. They will be gone soon at this rate. Despicable.

  21. Margarita Gutman says:

    please stop killings contests!

  22. Kate Tucker says:

    please stop the cruel killing of innocent animals…… There is NO good “reason”……. Killing just for the “fun” of it?……. VERY sick minds!!!!!

  23. Ian Courts says:

    Why just ban giving prizes, ban the whole damn events.

  24. Diane Marshall says:

    What kind of people take such pleasure in killing for fun?
    This needs to stop…

  25. Julie Ryman says:

    If its banded how are people not getting fined? What the hell is wrong with this country!

  26. colby says:

    It saddens me that someone thinks this is even close to right. Its murder, its not helping a cause. And don’t try to say its “population control”

  27. Janice Dion says:

    this cruel event needs to stop.

  28. robert boehm says:

    I love animals and they are pretty animals! People need to stop the killing the animals! The animals didn’t do anything to you people so please stop the killing the animals!!

  29. Marsha Novita says:

    There is absolutely NO reason for this murder of wildlife! Mankind is the most destructive species on this sorry planet…..please stop this killing!

  30. There is never a good excuse for intentionally hurting and killing animals while calling it fun.

  31. Giuliana Rinaldo says:

    Part of the problem is even with the minimal law protection we have for wildlife, there are loophole’s in our governmental system and many times the government does not enforce what minimal laws we have. In addition, it seems that a third to half of our country still lives with the mentality of people between the 16th to 19th century- archaic. selfish thinking. We need to keep pushing for serious permanent animal welfare reforms by finding ways to open people’s minds and consciousness. All these people only think of themselves in the here and now, not taking into consideration that what they do is an accumulative affect on our animals, environment, our resources, and our tax dollars, which we all work for hard for – you reap what you sow!

  32. Anne Cutler says:

    Just a bunch of heartless sadists that what to be killing something!

  33. Lindasue says:

    Stop the insanity, why don’t these morons shoot each other for a stupid trophy!!!!!

  34. Patricia Backman says:

    WTF??? What is wrong with you people? Are your brains wired incorrectly?

  35. lorrie white says:

    I thought California’s people were more enlightened than to allow this kind of cruelty. Enforce the ban; arrest the sponsors.

  36. Linda Densmore says:

    This needs to be banned forever! Politicians need to be put on notice that we are going to vote you OUT if this continues!

  37. Noelle ewen says:

    This is horrific to anyone with compassion.

    In this day and age for murder or any living thing is nothing short of barbaric.
    It has to stop.

    Heartbreaking.

  38. Mamie Holst says:

    How about the sicko people doing this get put on the front lines in the military when they shoot back. They wouldn’t because they are COWARDS!

  39. Tara says:

    all hunting is murder

  40. Trudy Setty says:

    Let’s do this? Let’s even the odds up here a bit. The knuckle-dragging neanderthals have to leave their little guns at home and take on the 4 leggeds, hand to paw battle? Let’s see how many numbnutz show up for the slaughter then.

  41. Jenny says:

    Stop killing animals!!!!

  42. Lisseth Morales says:

    NO MORE VIOLENCE AGAINST ANIMALS AND NATURE. IF YOU LIKE TO SHOOT, PLEASE STAR SHOOTING TO YOURSELF. LEAVE THE WILD ANIMALS I PEACE.

  43. Delaine Friesen says:

    This is beyond horrible please stop this

  44. Carrie Kashan says:

    this will one day be what this earth will look like when all animals gone. Correct your ways now, your running out of time. So sorry brother animal. May you be free from the unjustly life you had here on this earth.

  45. Kim Wooding says:

    Just like the ban on fox hunting inUK Ignored. People think the bans are meant to be laughed at, why are they getting away with this…laws passed…are they so ignorant that they cannot read and are all deaf!

  46. Kelly Kramer says:

    Loser D-bags

  47. Julianna Yonan says:

    Psychopaths allowed to practice…why?

  48. Craig Hiler says:

    You’d think progressive Cali wouldn’t stand for such a senseless, sadistic event. These are common in Idaho, Montana and New Mexico. Makes a sad statement of our country in my opinion.

  49. Julia Kinney says:

    Killing anything “for fun” is sadistic, glorifies violence, and trivializes life.

  50. Diane Tullia says:

    And we call ourselves a “civilized” society…I think not, when we allow and condone such barbaric and cruel treatment of animals…

  51. Christy Schakel says:

    This is insanity. A wholly indefensible practice that must stop.

  52. Shannon Brokaw says:

    Unbelievable!

  53. Fred Morales says:

    It’s time to evolve. Stop the BS excuse man did this from the beginning of time.

  54. L renee jones says:

    Stop the murdering of innocent wolves and cyotes

  55. L renee jones says:

    Senseless murder of living things not ok

  56. Angel says:

    Please STOP this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Ice Walker says:

    There are some pretty twisted individuals who enjoy this type of sick torture. We need stiffer penalties for animal abuse.

  58. Taraneh Rahimian says:

    The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated.

  59. Regina Clayton says:

    This is so wrong, we should leave wildlife alone, they have enough hurdles to overcome just to survive without humans decimating them.

  60. John McKenna says:

    Words fail me, what goes through the minds of these people who just want to KILL

  61. John McKenna says:

    Words fail me, what goes through the minds of these ‘people’ who just want to KILL

  62. Kelly says:

    Quit encouraging cruelty. It makes us worse.

  63. Charlene Moody says:

    Indefensible and sadistic.

  64. Linda C. Phelan says:

    This is a disgrace and anyone who participates in a ‘killing contest’ is depraved and amoral. What a sad commentary on your state to support such a vile ‘contest’ that sanctions rampant killing of wildlife.

  65. sharon chang says:

    man is cruel by nature!

  66. Cindy Christians says:

    I just don’t understand how this can be allowed or how people look forward to killing innocent animals just for the fun of it! These people are nothing but Evil!!

  67. Diane Paterson says:

    Disgusting evil humans to take lives just because they can.. Cowards! They have every right to be here as you do!

  68. ulla pade says:

    YOU DONT DESERVE TO LIVE ON THIS EARTH

  69. George Christian Jr says:

    This makes me sick >:( How dare you people :'(

  70. Christina Kazantza says:

    mankind again at it’s best. The only species that needs to be eradicated is humanity

  71. Matthew Turley says:

    Disgusted

  72. Jill says:

    please please make them stop this insanity

  73. André de Looff says:

    We only deserve to live as long as we respect every other living creature. That’s not very hard to understand for any human being… as long as you use your heart and brain in the right way…

  74. F.B.I. profilers say that those who kill for the sake of killing and also encourage the young to participate are individuals with serious issues and are in serious need of psychological help.

  75. Jeri O'Donnell says:

    I’ll never understand why males “need” to do such cowardly, mean, cruel things to the earth’s other animals. And they think of themselves as powerful and macho when they do them? They’re cowards and bullies, as well as weaklings.

  76. Elizabeth Shaskey says:

    Prizes for killing defenseless animals?!
    Only macho heartless cowards would participate in this! Please- Someone stop this immoral and illegal contest before it happens again!

  77. angela weate says:

    Why is this happening, leave them alone they were here a very long time before we were, this is so sad and so wrong

  78. pamela smith says:

    killing the animals that have huge and needed impact on the environment,, other wildlife and the woods, waters and our balance of life ..is dead wrong…. for simple human greed,pleasure.. and just a need to have false pride for kills.. for prizes is a huge show of no character, no gratitude for our balance of life around us… this is a barbaric killing which serve no purpose by ppl with no sense of right to life and environment…

  79. Joe Matovich says:

    Animal cruelty needs to be stopped. My dog Rocko was abused before my family adopted him from a nice person. He was burned and cut constantly and it hurt to see him in so much pain.

  80. Norm Dyche says:

    Why is this one area of California so over supplied with coyotes? It is sad from the standpoint of over population of coyotes, effects Other species. Must be plenty of ground hogs, and rabbit. But what bothers me is a hunter says “I thought it was a coyote! instead kills a endangered species of wolf. You don’t shot if you don’t identify animal beforehand. What bozo’s.

  81. WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nation says:

    I’m sick and tired of the ruthless redneck mentality and their so-called “traditions” of killing contests and these infidels who sponsor these barbaric events and/or communities in violation of the ban, ought to be prosecuted and severely punished to the fullest extent of the law!!

    And personally, I think all the stupid, sadistic redneck trophy hunters and trappers ought to be wiped off the face of this Earth!!

  82. Rachel Rawlings says:

    Please let it end! This is senseless!!

  83. Liz says:

    Yet, more people are being born…!!! If people would stop having kids( which i think its just Biology or Instinct, not cuz they love each-other), less animals would be tortured! So sick of it! They don’t think about pollution & Global Warming as well! It angers me! Keep the population down!

  84. Maria cardone says:

    STOP THIS INSANITY

  85. Drue Cali says:

    WTF ! What did Gov Brown have it in fine print somewhere to all this crap. What a bunch of interbred backwook lowlifes, will kill anything with a pulse and put the blamne elsewhere. These people are pathetic along with the Gov offices that are allowing this. Various FWS offices have been known to take payoffs to kill Wolves & Coyotes !!!

  86. Richard Ordonez says:

    Only a gutless coward would pull the trigger and take an innocent and defenseless life. We must continue our defense of those who have no voice because they too, deserve to live in peace.

  87. EVEN THOUGH WOLVES WERE NOT KILLED DURING THIS EVENT, IT KILLS ME TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THESE POOR COYOTES THAT HAVE BEEN SENSELESSLY KILLED “JUST BECAUSE” HUNTERS AND RANCHERS VIEW THEM AS PESTS. IT BREAKS MY HEART OF VIEW THESE PHOTOS OF CRUELTY, AND TO READ ABOUT THIS NEWS. THIS IS REPREHENSIBLE, UGLY, AND VERY DISTURBING. STOP KILLING OUR WILDLIFE! STOP THE WAR ON OUR WOLVES AND COYOTES! STOP KILLING OUR BEAUTIFUL WILDLIFE! THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE.