HELP BAN COYOTE & FOX PENNING IN FLORIDA
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!
On February 17th, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will consider whether to ban or restrict the controversial practice of coyote and fox “penning” in the state. “Penning” involves the trapping, trading and selling of live coyotes and foxes to hound hunting training facilities. The captured wild canines are then released into pens and used to “train” hunting dogs. Considered “sport” – and legal in many states across the South and Midwest – one coyote or fox may be pitted against packs of hound dogs who are released into the pens to pursue the wild animals- domestic canine pitted against wild canine. This practice parallels dog and cock-fighting – activities made illegal in all U.S. states in the last twenty years. Many penned coyotes and foxes are literally torn apart by the dog pack.
A recent investigation of several penning facilities across the state by the FWC led to the arrest of 12 people and the issuance of 46 citations for various violations related to penning practices. Operators of such pens often charge a fee for individuals to train their hunting dogs on the captive coyotes and foxes. Project Coyote, the Animal Welfare Institute, and other national and state organizations strongly condemn coyote/fox penning as inhumane and ecologically reckless and seek to ban this practice nationwide. Moreover, transporting wild animals for penning purposes has directly led to the spread of rabies and other diseases. See our letter to the FWC supporting a ban on this practice, signed by over 60 prominent scientists/biologists, ethicists, veterinarians, and attorneys.
Your voice is needed in support of a ban of this practice! The FWC will be considering this issue over several months in 2010 (see our action alert update) SO IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE KEEP LETTERS FLOWING INTO THE FWC! If you have not already written on this issue, please do so today. Your voice WILL make a difference!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
POINTS YOU MAY WISH TO INCLUDE IN YOUR LETTER in addition to expressing your strong support for a statewide ban on the practice of coyote and fox penning: (Remember to include your first and last name and your full mailing address.)
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To view video clips and photos of this practice see the following links (WARNING: disturbing and graphic content):
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