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Victory! Raccoons 1, Mean Rednecks 0

Written by PETA | September 2, 2010

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cute raccoon


Late last week, our on-call caseworker was paged by a whistleblower who reported that a “coon-on-a-log” event was scheduled to take place at a campground in Louisiana, the next day. Believe it or not, “coon on a log” is an old Southern “sport”—you’ve read about others in history books, but we won’t discuss those here—during which participants chain a raccoon to a small (about 2-foot-long) log and toss the log and animal in the middle of a lake. The participants then sic dogs on the raccoon, and the dog who can knock the raccoon off the log first “wins.” Some sources say that the first dog to rip the raccoon apart wins. Obviously, both the raccoon and the dogs are put in great danger.

Our caseworker immediately reached a lieutenant in the law-enforcement division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF) and provided him with all the information that he needed, including the exact location where the raccoons were being caged prior to the event. The DWF sent officers to the site to investigate, and the officers found that the event coordinators didn’t have the permits required to keep raccoons in captivity. DWF officials immediately seized all the raccoons and issued citations, so the event—which we strongly believe would have violated state anti-cruelty statutes—never even got off the ground!

If an animal is in imminent danger, you should know that we are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please, pick up the phone!

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Sharon says:

    I am a Southerner and am darn proud of it. I was taught not to judge and to keep my mouth shut if I didn’t have any thing nice to say. I was also taught to look out after “critters” who need help. I have NEVER heard of these so called “Southern games” and am sure just as they are done in other places besides the Souththat they are done in secret as most God fearing and gentile people of the South would have a “fit” and squash it b4 it got started. I have been ALL over this great country and have never found people with more compassion than in the South. Ignorance is EVERY where. It’s people like you with your nasty comments about people you know nothing about that make me even prouder to be a Southerner. If YOU represent PETA then I’ll just keep my support for animal rights right here in Dixie.

  • Elizabeth says:

    A racoon is the reason I decided to be a vegetarian. I’d been thinking about it for a while but when a relative of mine killed a racoon because it got in his garage I finally decided. It was so sad he didn’t even try to get it out any other way. He just killed it and everyone was laughing and congradulating him because he did it in one shot. I’m glad those jerks stronger words want to be used but won’t be were caught. What they were going to do is a terrible injustice.

  • "redneck" says:

    Hello I am from Louisiana and even though I think that this is a cruel event I think it is unfair to call people in Louisiana ‘Rednecks’ Though I think what you are doing is good I was seriously offended that you called all Cajuns Rednecks! Not all of us are rednecks and not all of us love abusing animals for fun but you crossed the line by doing this! I no longer support you actions nor do 10000 ‘rednecks’

  • Natalie Jarnstedt says:

    Earth is the asylum of the Universe we must surely be someone’s failed experiment! Yes it is true that what goes around comes around. Karma is a great theory…but very often it’s not soon enough for me! People who participate in such cruelties deserve to rot in hell if there is such a place!

  • Cecelia says:

    I have to agree with Chris. I am not sure just what bothers me the most. The ppl that would out a topic in this manner on here or the ones that did it to start with. I am a white female that certainly wouldn’t want to be linked to the Klan and don’t think I would want to be linked to Peta either.

  • Toby says:

    Raccoons shouldn’t be abused… for the sake of ethics no one should be abused. ‘Rednecks’ is unfair slander. I argued with Keith Olbermann on Twitter over this very issue over the word ‘cracker’ actually. ‘Country folk’ is actually accurate in this awful raccoon abuse case. Raccoons are as conscious as who like two year old kids? I met some people PETA might call rednecks out in rural metro Atlanta in a trailer park who allegedly saved a raccoon who was hit by a car… maybe hesheheshe was being kept for a game but it was alleged the raccoon had been saved… if I had called them rednecks it would have been deliberately offensive to country people so I didn’t. I don’t know about Jennifer O’Connor but I grew up outside Atlanta know enough about terms like ‘rednecks’ to know that it’s considered ‘on a par’ with racial slander… the word exists for the sake of demeaning a group of people based on accent or region I won’t call you ‘babe’ or ‘some chick’ for the same reason O’Connor… I mean unless you want me to but even then I’d have to get to know you be a bit tipsy perhaps… no nevermind I refuse. ‘Babe’ is ok but a bit pedophilic but ‘chick’ is just perverse… chick? Like baby chicken? No Ms. O’Connor you are not a baby chicken I refuse to debate that. Furthermore you know any people with real red necks? They’re working class people they’ll be turned off by those who use ‘rednecks’ as slander thank you very much. Hey just a hunch… carry on with the slander if you insist… maybe it helps but my hunch is ‘no’. No thank you very much.

  • Chris says:

    Well then “T.” If your acting like a bigot you are one. You must be one of those nonsouthern uneducated people I mentioned earlier.

  • mary kay wille says:

    i have a captive wildlife liscence because i love raccoonwe had a albinocasperr.i.p.he was a member of our familyraccoon are smartvery affectionatetreat there young better then most hoomansand share the same emotions we havei see it every dayso i know this to be truecasper had the run of our home and encloserused a litter box or went outsidehe died from kmresbilicpoiseningbut i cant image anyone being sooo cruelwhat goes aroung comes around and it better for these mean peoplemary

  • Jenny says:

    Glad the Raccoons came out safe this time. It disgusts me to hear what rednecks find ‘entertaining’ these days. Raccoons are my favourite animals and it breaks my heart to see people torture them for fun.

  • T says:

    wtf is wrong with people? If you are acting like a redneck than you are one chrisjust sayin

  • Shannon Joyce Martel says:

    I did not know that these people do these horrible things. If you people who are offended by what people are saying then you need to stop these people who are giving you a bad name. When I think of Michael Vick i think of all those poor dogs he tortured and killed. I feed Raccoons everynight in my backyard and find them to be incredibly intelligentfrom observing their habits over the yearsand contrary they are not viscious to humans. It is we humansnot all of us just the ignort oneswho are viscious and cruel. No wonder Mother Nature attacks Louisiana all the time maybe she is punishing these people who abuse innocent animals. And those of us who do not abuse animals we can put the blame for what happens on the people who caused it allthe animal abusers. Just my humble opinion.

  • Jhonson Barrera says:

    History with a good ending at least for now for those creatures phone number of Peta should be more noticeablethat way people who are not complete involved with animal rights can get a better support because some persons when don’t know who to call quit and we lost the opportunity to save the animals.

  • Chris says:

    Just because these people are acting like idiots doesn’t mean you are justified in using a racial epithet or classifying all southern people thus. You wouldn’t think of using “the N word” when referring to Michael Vick despite his heinous acts so why would you use a racially insensitive and hate laden term such as “redneck.” Educated southern white people and yes we are educated down here find the term offensive. Just sayin’. I’ve been all over the world and one thing I know is that cruel and uneducated people are ubiquitous.

  • Catherine says:

    thank you for being oncall PETA! and kudos to the whistleblower!!! you did the right thing!

  • Anon says:

    Just when I thought they couldn’t top all the redneckwhite trashghetto things they already do… they go and do this. The south…. Another reason I’m SO PROUD to be American. VOMIT.

  • Gina Appollonio/Smith says:

    I think that this is a absolutely Despicable pasttime this IS NOT A SPORT! my husband is a hunter I understand that some wild life control is necessary so dont think that i am blind to wild animals being hunted. THAT is even worse than “shooting ducks in a barrel” the notion that it is of more concern to the dogs is ludicrous it is the raccoons that are fighting for there lives face a HORRIBLE death EITHER WAY !!!!! MY GOD I am just sick hearing this…….. dont get me wrong I feel for the dogs too!!!!!!their are no “winners “in this except the ….well I hate to say humans. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE BEINGS.?????

  • migsly says:

    It’s stupid rednecks not Southerners. They are everywhere. And they are warped.

  • starsign says:

    Fantastic! Love these type of stories. For once the animals came out on top. Brilliant stuff. Well done you guys. I have to say that I absolutely LOVE raccoons. We don’t have them here in Australia. I am so envious of you guys. I would be in heaven if I could watch raccoons in the wild. They are so beautiful.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I am replying but not about racoons I am asking that PETA request Discovery Channel to remove “Swamp People” from it’s lineup. I tuned in the other night thinking the show would teach about the culture of the people who choose to live in the swamps of Louisiana but all they showed was gator hunters capuring gators pulling them up to their boats shooting these creatures in the head and taking the bodies off to be measured and skinned. A lot of the gators which were supposed to be dead when they were in the boat were still moving and dying painfully. Lets contact the Discovery Channel and ask them to remove the show!

  • Melly says:

    This is sick. I have raised orphaned raccoons since I was a kid with my mom teaching me what to do. It pains me to think people can do that to these beautiful very intelligent animals. If you ask me the people should be the ones chained to a freakin log abused! Do unto others… no matter what you believe in!

  • Rex's Mom says:

    The officials seized the raccoons but what happened to them? I hope they were released back into the wild in a protected area where no humans would be allowed to capture or harm them. They must have been so scared and stressed out. I swear humans are the cruelest meanest most vicious animals on the planet!

  • simara says:

    a sick sick “activity” for those whom are weak and cowardly soulless turds.I am for the justice where what a human does to a non human animal should be done to the human ten fold

  • Jasmine says:

    hooray! victory for raccoons

  • Mackenzie says:

    This “game” is so cruel. Good thing it was stopped!

  • Myrna says:

    damn southern folk…don’t they have anything better to do then mess with coons and critters?!