Stop Annual Stingray Massacre

Target: Mark J. Belton, Secretary of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Goal: End the annual slaughtering of hundreds of stingrays in the Chesapeake Bay.

Every year at Chesapeake Bay, over 100 fisherpeople compete and try to catch the largest stingray. The competition is messy and barbaric. The number of stingrays killed is not counted and the bodies are typically dumped back into the bay after the contest is over. According to news sources, fisherpeople also try to block the unborn young from escaping after their mothers have been injured so they can count toward the weight.

The reason for this mass killing is supposedly to protect oyster farms, however oysters are not a primary food source for stingrays. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does not regulate the killing of stingrays and it is time they do. Sign this petition and demand the Maryland DNR regulate and end this annual slaughter.


Dear Mr. Belton,

Every summer at Chesapeake Bay, numerous fisherpeople come and compete to see who can catch the largest stingray. The contest is barbaric. The number of stingrays killed is never counted and then their lifeless bodies are thrown back into the ocean when the competition is over. According to news sources, competitors will even barricade the unborn young from escaping after their mothers are badly injured to count them toward the overall weight of the stingray.

Supposedly, the reason for this slaughter is to protect oyster farms, however oysters are not a primary food source for stingrays. It is clear these contest is for entertainment purposes only. These stingrays should not be hurt and killed for entertainment. Please consider regulating and ending this annual, barbaric mass killing.


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Photo credit: Georgia Aquarium

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  1. Absolutely despicable! Stop this at once!

  2. Nena Miller says:

    This is yet another stupid contest involving the unnecessary killing of life. There is no reason to have any contest anywhere to see how many squirrels can be killed, how many wolves, who kills the largest stingray, who catches the largest possum, how many of anything or the largest of anything ANYWHERE! Leave life alone and let it be lived. Are we EVER going to respect life? Every life figures into our ecosystem and has its purpose.

  3. Pathetic!! Killing for “sport”….Pepple, when will the torture and killing ever stop!!

  4. My god people are so STUPIDDDDDDD! These animals are so friendly, even come up to you and let you caress them and now these cave people come along to kill them just for fun. One can only keep fingers crossed somebody will get a sting and the “fun” will be over

  5. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

  6. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  7. I wish so hard that some alien travelers would come down, observe the a-holes in our cultures, and use them for sport. Take care of two problems in one swoop.

  8. Lauren Amick says:

    This is brutality in the extreme. There is no real purpose to this as most of the bodies are dumped back in the water. And pregnant stingrays are often targeted for their weight while the mother’s young are killed along with their mothers or abandoned.

    Please place a moratorium on stingray killing contests and implement a regulation to prohibit such events.

    In today’s society there is no excuse for this. And now people all around the world will see and judge the stain that this will cause your community. You have the chance to keep that from happening and to be better.

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