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FoA to Lead Protest of "Squirrel Slam" Saturday

February 18, 2014 | Squirrel Slam

Friends of Animals and local residents will lead a protest of the horrific event, a squirrel-shooting contest for children and adults disguised as a fundraiser, and take questions from the media, on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. outside the Holley Fire Department located at 7 Thomas St., where the hunters will bring dead squirrels to be weighed to claim prizes.

“Our experiences protesting the event last year showed a sickening, gun-worshipping culture of adults, teenagers and children who celebrated the violence of mass animal killing,” said Edita Birnkrant, FoA’s NY Director.

While the fire department gears up for the event despite opposition, New York lawmakers are speaking out against the disgrace and showing support of legislation that would put an end to animal killing contests for good.

“Any competition that encourages and glorifies the slaughter of innocent animals for no purpose has no place in our state,” said N.Y. state Sen. Jack Martins, one of the sponsors of a bill that would make these contests illegal.

Last year FoA, an international animal advocacy group founded in New York in 1957, mobilized supporters and took to the streets to protest and released a mini documentary detailing its efforts. The video also draws attention to the Senate and Assembly bills that would ban animal killing contests in New York.

“Killing contests like the ‘Squirrel Slam’ provide an incentive to children and adults to shoot many animals to win prizes— a disturbing, irrational activity that’s out-of-pace with New York culture and must end throughout the state,” said N.Y. state Sen. Tony Avella, who created the bill.

“I believe it is an obligation and honor to advance legislation that will protect and maintain the beauty and health of New York State wildlife,” added N.Y. state Assembly member Deborah J. Glick. 

David Brensilver, a wildlife advocate and writer/musician, created a “Squirrel Slam” protest song in support of FoA’s efforts and can be downloaded here.

Animal killing contests are part of a broader conversation on gun violence. The Holley event comes just over a year after a rifle wielding Adam Lanza committed mass murder at an elementary school, and last month, 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.

  • New York residents should contact their state legislators, and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors and urge passage of the bill to ban wildlife-killing contests in NY—Senate bill #4074 and Assembly bill #03661. Residents of other states should contact their state legislators and ask that they propose legislation to ban animal-killing contests in their state.
  • Write a letter to the editor to one of New York’s larger newspapers expressing support for Senate Bill #4074 and Assembly Bill #03661.
  • Contact NY state Sen. Mark Grisanti, chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, where the bills are evaluated before being sent to the floor for a final decision, and tell him you support the bills. Buffalo Office : 65 Court St. Room 213 Buffalo, NY 14202. Phone: 716-854-8705 Fax: 716-854-3051 Email: grisanti@nysenate.gov
  • Contact Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, and tell him you support Assembly Bill #0366. District Office: 640 West Montauk Highway Lindenhurst, NY 11757-5538. Phone: 631-957-2087 Email: Sweeney@assembly.state.ny.us

 

Comments

Sickening :(

THIS BACKWARD IGNORANT HORRIFYING VIOLENT MURDEROUS EVENT IS A TOTAL OUTRAGE AND PROOF THAT N.Y. AND THE USA STILL HAS A SHAMEFUL DARK SOULLESS ELEMENT AND IS NO BETTER THAN ANY OTHER BARBARIC AND EVIL AREA ON THE PLANET

Please do all you can to stop this barbaric slaughter of the innocent squirrels! It is teaching children to value life of an animal. Cruelty to Animals is NOT A Contest!!! This behavior is void of any empathy, compassion, Love for Animals...it is the Opposite and is one of the many things wrong in our World! Shame on Holley Fire Department for even thinking of such an evil disregard for life! Karma has no Expiration Date!! V.

They could also be creating orphans that will die if the mother is killed. People don't realize that squirrels play an important part in creating forests by burying seeds. Squirrels deserve more respect. I can't believe something this barbaric goes on in this day and age.

This is an outrage & totally criminal!!!

First squirrels then brothers/sisters, classmates, movie theatre patrons. neighborhood visitors, cars full of teenagers and on and on and.............

How can these adults not see the connection between what there teaching young kids and whats happening in their own neighborhoods? Guns fired equal death of some one or thing ? It is NOT a contest ,sport or FUN activity. It is dangerous and completely uncalled for in the year 2014 ,when will this kind of thinking end?

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