Lauren Melella, Global Animal
In the town of Holley, New York, the fire department is holding it’s 7th annual mass squirrel killing contest known as the “Hazzard County Squirrel Slam,” which will take place on February 15, 2013.
The Holley Fire Department is located in the Village of Holley, in eastern Orleans County, NY. Their “tradition” of hunting squirrels has been brought to the attention of animal advocates from across the country.
The website, holleyfire.com, has recently posted an event that calls for people to register in the adult and youth category, meaning young children will be able to participate in this sadistic form of entertainment.
Ticket purchasers may enter as many as five squirrels for the weigh-in at the end of the day and there are prizes for the most weight murdered, as well as other drawings, including raffling off guns. Not only is this slaughter needless and senseless, all of it includes and encourages participation by children.
Children will be encouraged to take up guns and kill harmless squirrels for entertainment, using dangerous weapons such as the .22 caliber AR-15, the assault weapon used in the tragic Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut last month and several other mass killings.
Although it is said that this event follows all the hunting rules by the state of the New York, it does not mean that just because it is legal, it is also morally right.
Furthermore, because February marks the beginning of squirrel birthing season, the result of this event will leave many orphaned squirrels to starve to death. We ask that you cancel this event and teach children compassion, not senseless killing and animal cruelty.
There are now three petitions in circulation that you can sign to help put an end to this senseless fundraiser. Please click the Take Action Mouse on the left as well as this link petitioning the Mayor of Holley, NY and this additional link which does the same.