Action Alert

Virginia: Take Action to Ban Cruel Wildlife Killing Contests

This action is for Virginia residents only.

Virginia animal advocates have a chance to help stop wildlife killing contests — cruel events in which participants compete to kill as many animals as they can in a set amount of time, receiving cash or prizes in categories such as most animals killed and largest or smallest animals killed. Animal victims commonly include coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and other wild species. 

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has proposed a new rule that would ban wildlife killing contests in the Commonwealth. If approved, Virginia would join eight other U.S. states that have banned these inhumane contests. The state Board of Wildlife Resources is currently engaged in a rulemaking process that includes a public comment period, which runs through July 30. Your voice is urgently needed to protect vulnerable wild animals. 

Please visit the Department of Wildlife Resources website to submit your comment today, stating your support for the proposed regulation to ban killing contests of coyotes and other furbearing animals in Virginia.  

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