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Reprieve for Foxes, Bobcats, and Coyotes!

Written by PETA | June 24, 2010
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Up until today, it was legal for Florida residents to acquire wild foxes, bobcats, and coyotes, corral them in pens, and then set dogs upon them to rip them apart. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to put an end to “penning,” effective immediately.

When we posted an action alert about this issue, people were appalled, and the response was overwhelming. Believe it or not, penning is defended by some hunters as a way to train dogs and get them “thirsty” for blood. Hunters kill millions of wonderful animals in cold blood every year, so it’s no surprise that some would find cruel penning acceptable. Is it any wonder that some young people are disconnected from any compassion for wildlife?

Please send thanks to the FWC commissioners for not letting any more foxes, bobcats, or coyotes be torn to shreds. Please spread the word to family and friends so that we can let the commissioners know how important their decision is.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • LIz and Greg Simpson says:

    As residents of Florida we celebrate this victory as one less backward horrible cruelty that has gone on in the shadows for too long. We have already sent along our thanks to the FL Fish and Wildlife Commission. We might make it into the 21st century after all!

  • Melanie says:

    Thank you for having the compassion to understand that all life has a right to exist without torture. Just when I’m about to give up on mankind kind people like you step up to the plate. Thanks again.

  • Chris Jardine says:

    I live in England and work with foxes at a wildlife hospital and I have only recently heard about the ghastly practice of ‘Penning’ after being sent information of an online petition. I signed it straight away and am delighted to hear the news that it has been banned.Thank you PETA!

  • Namita Dalal says:

    thanks you for not letting any more foxes bobcats or coyotes be torn to shreds

  • d-honey says:

    YAY! I live in the Peach State only 1 stateline away and didn’t know about this! I’m glad it won’t happen anymore. Oh and be kind to elephants today!

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