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End Animal Killing Contests Like the "Squirrel Slam" in Holley, NY

January 16, 2014 | Take Action


FoA "Squirrel Slam" protest Facebook page.

Did you know that the village of Holley, N.Y.,  is preparing for another bloodbath Feb. 22, the day it plans to host another Squirrel Slam Day.

Last year when Friends of Animals found out about this annual killing contest/shooting competition  in northwestern New York that recruits children and rewards them with prizes after dead squirrels are weighed to determine who killed the heaviest ones, we mobilized supporters and took to the streets to protest the event. 

What makes the day even more abhorrent is it is billed a fundraiser for a fire department and semi-automatic rifles are raffled off and cash awards are given as children look on. 

Animal killing contests are part of a broader conversation on gun violence.  This event comes just a little over a year after a rifle wielding Adam Lanza committed mass murder at an elementary school, and earlier this week, a 12-year-old opened fire at a middle school and an elderly man fatally shot someone because he was text messaging during a movie.

FoA continues to work with New York state Sen. Tony Avella and other legislators to prohibit killing contests in New York and will once again convene on Holley in February to expose the pattern of abuse rampant in Holley.


1. Please view and share our compelling and informative short video documenting our experiences in Holley, N.Y., challenging the Squirrel Slam contest as part of our continued efforts to ban animal killing contests. 


2. Visit the Holley Fire Department website at and write to them or call them at 585-638-6884 and tell them it’s not too late to organize a different fundraiser.


3. Ask your state representatives to introduce bills that would ban such events. For New York residents, contact George D. Maziarz who represents the 62nd District, which includes all of Orleans County. Email him at


This is truly shameful that a civilized country continues to teach its children to shoot live animals no wonder so many go on to gun down kids in schools it's just the next level of sport for them. America wake up and smell the coffee teaching kids to kill squirrels is morally wrong and animal cruelty. No wonder you have so many psychos.Its deliverance country for real, why don't u all get your banjos out you neanderthals

I am horrified to hear of the Squirrel Slam fundraiser that is sponsored by the fire department. Isn't there enough violence in this world without encouraging kids to kill defenseless squirrels? I thought firefighters were all about saving lives not ending lives. This is beyond cruel. Surely, there are more humane ways to raise money for the fire department. PLEASE stop this needless killing and show people that wildlife is to be admired not killed for fun. I am begging you to stop this cruelty. Isn't anything safe from cruel humans?

Even from Australia I find this absolutely disgusting. The world knows the world watches the world wants this to stop. It's telling children it's ok to kill for FUN. well we friends of animals and normal human beings say its NOT. God forbid a child gets shot then what u blame squirrels.


I am so ashamed to live in New York.

Animals feel pain like us. Put yourselves in their would you feel if that was done to you?

Animals feel pain like us. How would you feel if this was done to you. Please use better methods to host events

Stop the killing. This is pathetic and so sad.

I tried to write him many times, 'unavailabe' Help... Prob too late for tomorrow bout how about we fight as of Sunday??? Count me in! I am sick now and will be more tomorrow.


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