New Jersey: Urge Your Legislators to Ban Cruel Killing Contests
This action is for New Jersey residents only.
Killing contests are cruel and inhumane. Participants are awarded money and prizes for various categories for kills, usually for the largest, smallest, or greatest number of animals killed. Promoted as a means to reduce native wildlife populations, numerous studies prove that killing contests are an ineffective and misguided approach to controlling species’ populations.
Thankfully, S.1176 / A.1365, championed by Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Assembly Member Daniel Benson, would prohibit harassing or killing certain wildlife at competitive events and is now being considered by the New Jersey Legislature.
The New Jersey bill is part of a growing national movement to prohibit wildlife killing contests. Seven states have already enacted bans — Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Vermont, and most recently — Washington.
Such contests have come under increasing scrutiny as especially egregious instances of wanton violence against animals occurs. Not only is this unnecessary cruelty — it serves no wildlife management purpose.
Allowing wildlife killing contests to continue violates the public trust doctrine, in which a state’s wildlife is held in the public trust and managed for the benefit of all its citizens.
Your legislators need to hear from you. Please call your state Senator and two state Assembly Members then send follow-up emails.
- Call your state Senator and Assembly Members. If you’re able to make a phone call, please do so as phone calls have a greater impact than emails
- After calling, please send a follow-up email to your legislators using the form below. Personalizing your message will help it stand out.
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