pFriends 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./ppldquo;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,rdquo; said Edita Birnkrant, FoArsquo;s NY Director.img alt=”” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Squirrel_0.jpg” style=”width: 300px; height: 240px; float: right; margin: 8px;” //ppWhile 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./ppldquo;Any competition that encourages and glorifies the slaughter of innocent animals for no purpose has no place in our state,rdquo; said N.Y. state Sen. Jack Martins, one of the sponsors of a bill that would make these contests illegal./ppLast year FoA, an international animal advocacy group founded in New York in 1957, mobilized supporters and took to the streets to protest and a href=”” target=”_blank”released a mini documentary detailing its efforts/a. The videonbsp;also draws attention to the Senate and Assembly bills that would ban animal killing contests in New York./ppldquo;Killing contests like the lsquo;Squirrel Slamrsquo; provide an incentive to children and adults to shoot many animals to win prizesmdash; a disturbing, irrational activity thatrsquo;s out-of-pace with New York culture and must end throughout the state,rdquo; said N.Y. state Sen. Tony Avella, who created the bill./ppldquo;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,rdquo; added N.Y. state Assembly member Deborah J. Glick.nbsp;/ppDavid Brensilver, a wildlife advocate and writer/musician, created a ldquo;Squirrel Slamrdquo; protest song in support of FoArsquo;s efforts and a href=”” target=”_blank”can be downloaded here./a/ppAnimal 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./ppimg alt=”” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/TakeActionLittle.jpg” style=”width: 192px; height: 49px;” //pulliNew York residents should a href=”” target=”_blank”contact their state legislators/a, and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors and urge passage of the bill to ban wildlife-killing contests in NYmdash;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./lilia href=”″ target=”_blank”Write a letter to the editor/a to one of New Yorkrsquo;s larger newspapers expressing support for Senate Bill #4074 and Assembly Bill #03661./lilidivContact 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: a href=”” 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: a href=””;/p