Stop Prairie Dog Killing Contests

Target: Noreen Walsh, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region

Goal: Stop the cruel and needless killing of prairie dogs for sport.

The murder of living creatures for entertainment is savage, wasteful, and harmful to the environment. Throughout the mountain and prairie lands of our nation, contests are being held to see who can shoot the most prairie dogs, with prizes awarded to the biggest killers. Despite continuing population decline due to human intervention, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared there is no threat to prairie dogs, and these barbaric tournaments continue.

These competitions are grossly unfair, and a wanton display of cruelty and disrespect to animals already confronted with multiple threats to their existence. They populate densely and are continuously at the mercy of developers, energy companies, and ranchers who oppose land restrictions. To put them at further risk by permitting people to voraciously shoot them for amusement is inhumane and unethical.

The citizens of our country have more than enough meat sources for nutritional purposes. These contests are needless and feed nothing other than someone’s disturbing ego. Tournaments tout the thrill of long-range rifle shooting, and hundreds of prairie dogs are taken down at each event. The murder of animals for prizes is revolting, and this type of activity should not be permitted in a civilized society.

Prairie dog carnage contests are outright examples of hideous mass shootings. Social animals who live in communities, prairie dogs are completely unaware and unprepared when their towns are ambushed by bloodthirsty humans armed with dangerous rifles who are bent on killing. Stop repugnant shooting contests that destroy prairie dogs and their communities by signing the petition to ban these competitions.


Dear Director Walsh,

Gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions, and many citizens find it unbelievable that anyone could be so coldhearted toward another living being. Prairie dog shooting contests in the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are also mass executions, implemented by armed people who intend to inflict the most harm possible. This so-called sport is blatantly disrespectful of both living creatures and the environment.

There is neither nutritional nor societal benefit from the assassination of prairie dogs for sport. These animals are a keystone species, and they are essential to the ecosystem, providing sustenance and protection for many other species. Currently, these innocuous creatures face the threat of urbanization, oil and gas development, livestock grazing, poisoning, the altering of agricultural lands, and many other issues. Allowing them to be murdered for entertainment puts them at even greater risk of depopulation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the protection of prairie dogs unwarranted. Adding insult to injury, our government condones the barbaric and wasteful murder of these creatures for the purpose of accolades. I urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop the senseless killing of thousands of affable prairie dogs by banning these harmful and indecent trophy-hunting contests.


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Photo Credit: Joe Ravi



  1. What is this killing frenzy? Why must everything living be killed for fun? I don’t get it.

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    These are highly social and very intelligent animals!
    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. The physical sensibilities and instincts are common to animal and man.
    Man is, however, negligent of this reality and imagines that sensibility is peculiar to mankind; therefore he practices cruelty to the animal….. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent. Educate the children in their infancy in such a way that they may become exceedingly kind and merciful to the animals…
    Hadith No. 557 ~ ”O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals? He replied: Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.”
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. God created all the animals
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God.
    The Bible repeatedly affirms that all creation participates in the praise of God, and each living thing has a part in God’s great purposes.
    Mahatma Gandhi ~ “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Buddha ~ “It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”
    Pythagoras ~ “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

  3. When will the US catch up with modern , forward thinking countries who find entertainment without having to kill for fun? You really encourage these mindless idiots to kill, now you have kids being shot in school- which other country would put up with this? Have you no authority? Do you accept dead children as the norm? Why do you let guns be sold to any hooligan? You are unbelievable! Have you lost whatever sense you were born with? You are a disgrace to the developed world. Treat any killing seriously, hopefully the death penalty. Guns are not to be handled by idiots and killing as a game is despicable. Get into 2018 and behave like real men, not morons.


  5. Wow! Who is the brainless idiot who thought of this? Why is this kind of murder allowed? Stupid, heartless, cruel morons!

  6. I’ll say it again; people who enjoy killing need to be put away, as there is something wrong in their wiring.

  7. Bradley Hunter says:

    All of you are apparently completely ignorant of the fact that killing other animals is common to most species around the globe. Your repugnant attempt to legislatively impose your narrow minded views on others is in fact evident of a complete lack of civilization on your part. Violence is nature, and nature is violent. Stop fighting human nature and maybe focus your energy on solving actual problems like alcoholism, drug addiction, and the complete lack of care, guidance, and discipline that our children reciever from their parents (Not the government ).

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