Cownose Rays are Beaten With Bats and Suffocated by Fishermen – Stop the Slaughter

Target: Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., Governor of Maryland

Goal: Ban the slaughter of cownose rays in cruel contests.

Every spring, cownose rays that migrate to Chesapeake Bay are slaughtered in brutal ways. Their deaths are part of contests where fishermen compete to win money by getting the highest kill count. During this inhumane contest, fishermen shoot the cownose rays with arrows at close range. Then, they pull the injured rays onto their boats, where they bludgeon them with baseball bats. The rays are then put into barrels, and the animals that are still alive suffocate to death in there. Once the contest is over, contestants have been filmed throwing the rays they killed into dumpsters.

As justification for this contest, some people claim that cownose rays are harmful to native shellfish and oysters in Chesapeake Bay, but this is not true. A 2016 study done by a Florida State University researcher shows that the oyster decline is due to over-harvesting, habitat loss, and disease, not the rays. The rays are a natural part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and the cruel contests have led to a serious decline in their population.

Sign this petition to urge the government of Maryland to pass a law to save the rays from horrific deaths.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Hogan,

I’m writing in opposition to cownose ray killing contests. During these contests, cownose rays are horrifically slaughtered. They’re shot with arrows, beaten with bats, and suffocated in barrels. Once the contest is over, these animals are unceremoniously put in dumpsters.

The contests are brutal and unnecessary, and they could be harmful to Chesapeake Bay overall. Cownose rays have been coming to Chesapeake Bay for thousands of years, and they have always peacefully coexisted with the native oysters and shellfish in the bay. If the rays disappear, it could be disastrous for the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

It’s time for this cruel blood sport to come to an end. For the good of the cownose rays and all of Chesapeake Bay, please support efforts to ban these sick contests.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tom Giebel

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76 Comments

  1. Thomas Brueckner says:

    Only humans without souls and hearts doing such brutal and horrific things to helpless animals, like rays and many more animals in the world. People with heart and soul knows that this isn’t sport or fun!

  2. Anna zancan says:

    Sick
    It is sick that so many people have lost their heart,their humanity to a bottom line

  3. Whats wrong with people do it to them Stop this cruelty now

  4. All I can do is repeat the above. “Good God what is wrong with people ?”

  5. Lilian Caughlin says:

    Where is the sport in this? What is the purpose of it. It only teaches humans to be cruel to another species.
    Humans couldn’t have been made in the image of God no way would he condone that and other hideous and cruel things.

  6. PUTRID FILTHY ROTTEN EVIL SCUM!!!!!
    THIS IS A DISGRACE!!!! STOP IT NOW YOU FUCKING EVIL INBREED SCUM.
    R.I.P ALL ANIMALSXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    ALL THESE ANIMAL MURDERER’S WILL BURN IN HELL!!!!!

  7. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    Oh, they can boldly say: “We have robbed all the American continent to Native Americans and now we can kill brutally everything in there… How dirty people are living in there, disgusting!!!

  8. pLEASE COME TO OCEAN CITY MD. TO STAND WITH DECENT PEOPLE WHO THINK THIS IS A BARBARIC ACT AGAINST THESE POOR CREATURES. THIS IS A OUTRAGE AND PEOPLE ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO SEE THIS AND WONDER WHY THEY TURN INTO 2 LEGGED BEAST’S ALSO !!!!. People should go out on their boats and prevent this act of cruelty from happening.

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