Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Calls to end fox and coyote penning to be heard tomorrow

An article in yesterday's Tallahassee Democrat describes the horrific practice of fox and coyote penning and the reasons that it should be abolished in the state of Florida.   The Humane Society of the United States has described the practice where trapped foxes and coyotes are released into fenced pens where there is no escape where they can be ripped apart by dogs in staged competitions.  Transportation of these animals can also spread disease and parasites, such as rabies, distemper and tapeworms.  Aside from the disease risk, the pens amount to little more than a circumvention of animal fighting laws.  A family that lived next to one of the pens started the website Training Not Torture that describes in detail the cruelty they witnessed.

Just this past November, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ("FWC") arrested 12 individuals for purchasing and possessing live foxes and coyotes for use in pens.   Now, FWC is considering how to deal with the pens and has scheduled a meeting for input from the public on Wednesday, February 17th at 8:30 at the Franklin County Courthouse in Apalachicola, Florida.  The fox pen issue may be heard starting around 10:00, but those who are interested in attending our encouraged to arrive early and let the FWC know that the practice should be banned outright. Information about the meeting:

What:  FWC Meeting
Where: Franklin County Courthouse, 3rd Floor Courtroom, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320
When:  Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 8:30 AM

In addition to attending the meeting, HSUS is encouraging individuals to contact their state representative and senators to request that they ask FWC to ban the pens.  You can also call the FWC commissioners' line and express your opposition, asking that they please ban fox and coyote pens: (850) 488-4676.

For additional information, please contact Jen Hobgood, Florida State Director, The Humane Society of the United States. jhobgood@humanesociety.org or (850) 386-3435.


Luke said...

Michael Vick has served two (2) years Federal Prison for blood sports, yet what Florida has legalized is far more vile and violent than anything Vick has done. Further, it violates Florida's animal cruelty laws involving mutilation - even if the coyotes and foxes don't count, the hunting dogs certainly do and sometimes they get killed. Coyotes can get vicious and will not die without a fight. They bite the dogs with their multitudes of diseases. CHILDREN watch this state sanctioned blood sport and mauling coyotes to death can take over an hour of screaming, agony, mutilation - even ripping extremities right out of the sockets. Now this cannot be denied this is child abuse and will damage a child psychologically. I plan to Petition the Department of Health and ask them to contact the Fish & Game Commission to recommend banning penned blood sports due to being an absolute threat to the communities including other species of RABIES. These hunting dogs were trained to kill and puts CHILDREN AT RISK of getting mauled by vicious dangerous dogs. Please sign my Petition here:


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