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Illustration of a man carrying a dead coyote among other participants of a wildlife killing contest

WARNING: Content may be upsetting to readers. At first glance, the event held behind a restaurant in upstate New York looked like an ordinary community gathering. There were “people with strollers, families, people walking around with beers and coffee and whatnot—almost like a fair,” the Humane...

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By James Hettinger

DENVER —A coalition of leading wildlife protection organizations (comprised of the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Welfare Institute, Project Coyote, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and Sierra Club) is applauding the Colorado Parks and...

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Today the Humane Society of the United States released the results of a disturbing undercover investigation into a wildlife killing contest in Texas held on January 24. Texas is thought to have the largest number of wildlife killing contests of any state in the country. Investigators documented...

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For more than a century, human beings have waged a war on coyotes, killing them with poison, traps, guns, hunting dogs and a variety of other cruel coyote killing methods. Nonetheless, the wary nature of coyotes and their remarkable adaptability has allowed them to quadruple their range throughout...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting a protected red-tailed hawk in Auburn, Massachusetts. The case: News reports give the following...

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Auburn Animal Control, Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University

SEATTLE—A coalition of state and national wildlife protection organizations is applauding the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for its vote today banning wildlife killing contests, in which participants compete to kill the most, the largest, or even the smallest animals for cash and prizes...

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(WASHINGTON/NEW YORK) - The Humane Society of the United States has released the results of a disturbing undercover investigation into one of New York State’s largest wildlife killing contests, in Sullivan County. Investigators documented contest participants piling up dozens of dead coyotes...

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Pennsylvania is the only state known to host multiple pigeon shoots, most of them at private rod and gun clubs. A look at the parking lots of these clubs during a shoot reveals a mix of local vehicles and luxury cars from as far away as New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. The fancy cars...

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DENVER—The U.S. District Court of Colorado has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the law by funding a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions and dozens of black bears without properly analyzing the risks to those animals’ populations and the rest of...

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The Humane Society of the United States is calling on the Germantown Sportsman’s Club in Columbia County, New York, to cancel their upcoming Squirrel Scramble, a competition to kill the heaviest squirrels for prizes. The event is scheduled for Feb. 27. “New York’s cruel killing contests are...

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The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for finalizing a rule prohibiting cruel hunting methods on more than 76 million acres of National Wildlife Refuge lands in Alaska. Effective 30 days from publication, state officials and trophy hunters on National...

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Today the Humane Society of the United States released the results of a disturbing undercover investigation of a two-day wildlife killing contest that culminated at a local fire department in Warren County, Indiana, on Dec. 6, 2020. Teams of participants gathered with dead coyotes, dragging them to...

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WASHINGTON - The Humane Society of the United States released today the results of a disturbing undercover investigation into two wildlife killing contests in Frederick County and in Waldorf, Maryland. Investigators documented the judging portions of the events, with participants lining up rows of...

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