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|Originally Posted: 8 February 2010|
As of September 2010, Animal Rights Florida has confirmed that Coyote and Fox Penning have been banned in Florida!
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Alert originally posted February 8, 2010:
Help Ban Coyote and Fox Penning in Florida
[Ed. Note: Read Epic Sports Fail: Put an End to Fox and Coyote Pens in Florida. See the video, Penning - Training Dogs to Hunt.]
FROM Project Coyote
Tell Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to ban or restrict the controversial practice of coyote and fox “penning” in the state.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Please also cc your letters to:
Governor Charlie Crist
Mr. Nick Wiley, Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Major Curtis Brown, Special Ops. Coordinator Florida Division
of Law Enforcement
Ms. Kathleen Hampton, Office of Executive Director
FLORIDA RESIDENTS ONLY: Call your state representative and senator and request that they please ask the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to ban fox pens (You can find their contact information here.)
IF YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA: Please consider attending and testifying at the FWC hearing on February 17th in Apalachicola where they will receive the staff recommendations regarding penning and accept public testimony on this issue. We need a good showing at this hearing!
Date: February 17th
Place: Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
On February 17th, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will consider whether to ban or restrict the controversial practice of coyote and fox “penning” in the state. “Penning” involves the trapping, trading and selling of live coyotes and foxes to hound hunting training facilities. The captured wild canines are then released into pens and used to “train” hunting dogs. Considered “sport” – and legal in many states across the South and Midwest – one coyote or fox may be pitted against packs of hound dogs who are released into the pens to pursue the wild animals- domestic canine pitted against wild canine. This practice parallels dog and cock-fighting – activities made illegal in all U.S. states in the last twenty years. Many penned coyotes and foxes are literally torn apart by the dog pack.
A recent investigation of several penning facilities across the state by the FWC led to the arrest of 12 people and the issuance of 46 citations for various violations related to penning practices. Operators of such pens often charge a fee for individuals to train their hunting dogs on the captive coyotes and foxes. Project Coyote, the Animal Welfare Institute, and other national and state organizations strongly condemn coyote/fox penning as inhumane and ecologically reckless and seek to ban this practice nationwide. Moreover, transporting wild animals for penning purposes has directly led to the spread of rabies and other diseases. See our letter to the FWC supporting a ban on this practice, signed by over 60 prominent scientists/biologists, ethicists, veterinarians, and attorneys.
On February 17th the FWC will hold a public hearing in Apalachicola and consider recommendations from the Florida Division of Law Enforcement regarding this practice.
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