Action Alert Update


Public outcry won a temporary ban on coyote and fox penning in Florida in February. Your voice was heard! And now we're asking you to speak out again, and this time it's an urgent request to prevent this cruel practice from being formally legalized in June.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Wednesday, June 23, 2010 near Orlando to consider rules to regulate this practice and thus make this cruelty more acceptable. We need your help again to push for a permanent ban on penning!

Project Coyote, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), HSUS and other national and local organizations are working aggressively towards a permanent ban on penning.

Florida’s pens, in which packs of domestic dogs are released on a captive coyote or fox, have been shut down temporarily since February, while FWC staff draft a formal “rule” to regulate the practice.  This temporary ban came on the heals of an undercover FWC investigation of penning operations that led to the arrest of 12 people and the issuance of 46 citations for various violations.

Now the FWC is on the verge of legitimizing penning through adoption of rules- yet repeat past permit violators demonstrate that this practice cannot be regulated.  FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto has publicly stated that he favors shutting down the pens permanently.  We agree- and believe this heinous practice — like dog and cockfighting (now illegal in all U.S. states) — has no place in “civilized” society.

If you live in Florida, please attend and testify at the upcoming FWC meeting in Lake Mary (near Orlando) in support of a permanent ban on all coyote/fox pens statewide. Tell your Florida friends to attend too!

Date: June 23rd
Time: 8:30 am EST
Location: The Orlando Marriott
1501 International Parkway
Lake Mary, FL  32746
Phone:  407-995-1100

For more information: www.myfwc.com/COMMISSION/2010/Comm_10_AgendaJun.htm

If you cannot attend, email or write to the FWC. Penning supporters are a very small, but vocal minority in Florida. The FWC needs to hear from Florida residents and visitors, who want to see coyote/fox pens abolished. Even if you have already written on this issue in response to our previous alerts, please send another letter since this is a different phase of the administrative process.

You can also submit comments directly online (mention your association with Florida-- i.e. you are a resident; you visit Florida often, etc):


Or email or send a letter directly to the Commissioners at:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
EMAIL: Commissioners@MyFWC.com

POINTS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR LETTER (remember to include your first and last name and your full address):

  • You strongly support a ban on the taking, killing and harassment of coyotes and red foxes for “penning” purposes. Such practices are inhumane, ecologically reckless and counter to sound scientific management;
  • There is nothing “sporting” about setting a pack of dogs into an enclosed pen against a helpless coyote or fox. Most penned coyotes and foxes become “live bait” and are literally torn apart and killed by the dog packs;
  • This practice parallels dog and cockfighting – activities made illegal in all U.S. states in the last twenty years;
  • The Commission won’t be able to enforce the proposed regulations of this unethical business;
  • Transporting wild animals for penning purposes has directly led to the spread of rabies and other diseases; and
  • Coyote/fox penning reflects badly on Florida where tourism is so important to the economy.

For more information see:

FWC website:

FWC shuts down Florida fox pens

FWC to hold meetings on fox, coyote pens

Project Coyote’s Website:

Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institutes’ formal letter to the Commission, co-signed by more than 60 prominent scientists, wildlife biologists, veterinarians, ethicists and attorneys urging the agency to prohibit the unconscionable practice of coyote/fox penning:

“Training Not Torture” Florida Grassroots Group website:

THANK YOU for taking action on behalf of coyotes and foxes in Florida!

Camilla H. Fox
Founding Director


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