Update: Miami Springs Halts Raccoon Massacre!

UPDATE: The city of Miami Springs, Florida, has made the compassionate decision to halt the trapping and killing of raccoons at the Miami Springs Golf & Country Club. We are grateful to everyone who spoke up about this important issue!

This is a tremendous victory for raccoons, but other animals still need your help. Please check out our urgent alerts to advocate for other animals in need.

Young raccoons© iStock.com/Emily Norton

Horrifically, the city of Miami Springs has reportedly hired an exterminator to trap and kill dozens of raccoons who call the grounds of the Miami Springs Golf & Country Club their home. For wildlife, every moment trapped is a terrifying eternity, and vulnerable orphaned young can starve when mothers are torn away. Furthermore, killing is ineffective at reducing wildlife populations and actually backfires because the resultant spike in the food supply accelerates breeding among survivors and inevitable newcomers, causing populations to then increase! The trapping is happening now, and your voice is urgently needed!

Please ask Miami Springs officials to use landscape modification—along with deterrents and curtailing food sources—in order to control raccoons effectively and humanely. And then share this alert widely!


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