(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
Earlier this week, we received disturbing video footage of a man repeatedly shooting a coyote, reportedly at the Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana, California.
The coyote—who was ensnared by the foot, possibly via an illegal leg-hold set—was shot in the head over and over again. With each shot, the terrified animal jerks, yelps, and attempts to escape, eventually appearing to have been rendered immobile toward the end of a prolonged and torturous ordeal, although still writhing in agony while the shooter apparently reloads again.
The pain and fear that this coyote must have felt throughout this ordeal are hard to imagine.
In response, we sent a letter urging the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office to pursue cruelty-to-animals charges against the shooter, as the prolonged, bungled killing was in violation of California’s anti-cruelty statutes as well as state wildlife codes and regulations.
We’re calling on officials to hold this abuser accountable for subjecting an animal to such an agonizing and protracted death—and to intervene before he does it again.
Trying to use lethal methods to “control” wildlife isn’t just inhumane, indefensible, and often unlawful—it’s also ineffective. We’re the ones who’ve invaded wild animals’ territory, so of course, encounters with them are to be expected—but it’s up to us to take the steps necessary to live in harmony with our indigenous, wild neighbors. In this instance, deterring coyotes by strictly prohibiting feeding wildlife is an important and necessary step. Please, never feed wildlife. Habitat modification—that is, making areas unappealing via humane deterrents—will also encourage coyotes to move on naturally. The bottom line is that a nonlethal approach is the only effective means of coyote control—the terrible, needless suffering inflicted on this coyote never should have occurred.
Did you know that coyotes are members of the canine (dog) family? Just like all animals, they deserve the same consideration and respect that we would give our own adored canine companions who are considered part of the family.
Did you also know that the cruelty seen in the video above is common in the fur industry?
Although the majority of animals slaughtered for their fur come from notoriously cruel fur farms, trappers worldwide kill countless coyotes and other fur-bearing animals every year for the clothing industry. Coyotes used for the fur that trims Canada Goose jackets, for example, can suffer in painful steel traps for days before they’re bludgeoned or shot to death. (Sound familiar?) Mother coyotes desperate to get back to their pups have even been known to attempt to chew off their own legs to escape. Click on the link below to tell Canada Goose that you won’t buy anything from the company until it stops using real fur (and down) in its clothing and accessories: