Protest Over Coyote-Trapping Plan to Hit City Hall

PETA Supporters Will Blast City Council's Deadly, Costly, and Ineffective Plan

For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los AngelesWhat:    Just a week after the Arcadia City Council’s 1 a.m. vote to spend $10,000 to hire a contractor to trap and kill coyotes, PETA members will descend on City Hall on Wednesday with signs proclaiming, “Coyote Trapping: Cruel and Ineffective.”

When:    Wednesday, February 15, 12 noon

Where:    City Hall, 240 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia

As PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has pointed out to the mayor and city council, coyotes suffer when caught in cage traps or painful snares, which could also harm companion animals and nontarget wildlife. In addition, more coyotes will simply move in to take the place of animals who have been killed, as long as food and shelter remain available to them—and research shows that even if 70 percent of a coyote population is killed off, it will return to normal levels one year later, as coyotes immediately compensate with bigger litter sizes.

“The city council’s rash, uninformed decision will sentence countless coyotes and their orphaned pups to slow, agonizing deaths,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is calling for this cruel trapping plan to be nixed in favor of a public-education campaign about coexistence, habitat modification, repellants, and other effective long-term solutions.”

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