The Maryland General Assembly voted on April 9 to pass a bill to prohibit wildlife killing contests, according to an email from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Wildlife killing contests are cruel events where participants compete on who can kill the most animals for cash and other prizes.

Maryland is the eighth state to enact such legislation. Investigations into wildlife killing contests in Maryland found participants killing foxes, coyotes, and raccoons for sport. Over 200 animals were piled up in one such contest.

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Maryland state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in an emailed statement, “Delegate Dana Stein, Senator Ron Young and Senator Bryan Simonaire fought for this bill’s passage and put Maryland on track to become the eighth state to end this gruesome and unsporting activity. Marylanders value and treasure wildlife and don’t want to see animals lured by electronic calling devices and gunned down with assault rifles for prizes. Our state is better than that.”

Source: The Humane Society of the United States/YouTube

Maryland also recently passed a bill to protect animals by ending cosmetics testing on animals.

If you’d like to see these wildlife killing contests banned around the country, sign this petition!

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