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Most Americans oppose wildlife killing contests; Illinois could be latest state to ban them

Illinois is among the worst states when it comes to wildlife killing contests, with roughly 30 of these bloody events taking place each year that result in the cumulative deaths of thousands of coyotes, raccoons, foxes, squirrels and other animals. Following our 2023 investigation into a wildlife killing contest in Mendon, Illinois, this year the Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation (HB 2900) to prohibit the competitions. We’re now urging the Senate to do the same.

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Kitty Block is President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International, the international affiliate of the HSUS.

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