Target: Robert Sweeney, chairman of Environmental Conservation Committee
Goal: End squirrel slaughter
A disturbing ritual in Holley, New York has surfaced in the media. Residents take part in an annual “Squirrel Slam,” a fundraiser in which citizens kill as many squirrels as they can in order to “benefit” the local fire department. As if this isn’t bizarre and gruesome enough, children are encouraged to take part and awards are given to those who kill the most squirrels. Fortunately, by supporting a bill that would ban senseless killing contests, we can help stop the event.
Residents in the town of Holley take pride in squirrel hunting. One image shows children carrying the dead animals down the street, while adults stand by idly. Since squirrels are said to be a vital asset to forest regeneration, their removal would upset the local ecosystem and harm the growth of at least 10 species of trees. Estimates suggest that the Holley Squirrel Slam results in the death of over 2000 squirrels per year, thus deliberately damaging the environment.
The animal rights organization Friends of Animals, along with state senator Tony Avella, who proposed the bill, are hoping to stop animal killing contests across the state of New York. Other senators have already jumped on board with the idea that senseless killing and destruction of wildlife is unacceptable.
Demand an end to animal killing contests by supporting this bill.
Dear Robert Sweeney,
Many people are disturbed to hear about the annual Squirrel Slam that takes place in Holley. The fact that residents make light of “slamming” animals is bizarre and disturbing. Teaching children to use guns is equally wrong and can lead to a slew of fatal accidents. This event must be replaced with an uplifting fundraiser that teaches children the importance of giving, not killing.
The Squirrel Slam manages to do four horrible things simultaneously: kill innocent animals, encourage children that violence is normal, disrupt the ecosystem and environment, and confuse the meaning of “fundraiser”, which is an event that benefits someone or something. Violence and fundraising don’t go hand in hand.
There are many creative ways to give, and there are also simple ways to hold a fundraiser. If residents cannot think of a creative way and they do not want to hold a simple fundraiser, slaughtering animals is not an acceptable substitute. The Squirrel Slam casts a dismal light on the town of Holley, but it can be changed very easily.
Please end animal killing contests in the state of New York.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Kai Schreiber via Flickr