Stop Killing Coyotes
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Karen Dawn, Dawnwatch.com
August 2016

We kill roughly half a million of them a year. The killing, by the government on behalf of the sheep industry, or by the public via coyote killing competitions, does not affect coyote numbers as the animals adapt accordingly: "In full colonization mode, the scientists found, coyotes could withstand as much as a 70 percent yearly kill rate without suffering any decline in their total population."

The Thursday, August 11, New York Times includes an important op-ed, on page A23, titled, "Stop Killing Coyotes." It is by Dan Flores, author of “Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History.”

Flores describes the enchanting play behavior of a particular coyote, then shares the findings of the group Project Coyote, which lets us know that "we kill roughly half a million of them a year." He explains that all the killing, by the government on behalf of the sheep industry, or by the public via coyote killing competitions, does not affect coyote numbers as the animals adapt accordingly: "In full colonization mode, the scientists found, coyotes could withstand as much as a 70 percent yearly kill rate without suffering any decline in their total population."

The piece includes this wonderful paragraph:

"We know coyotes are intelligent, social creatures. They do not enjoy death. No thoughtful human being, considerate of other life, should sacrifice for pleasure or a bet an animal like the one Adolph Murie observed in Yellowstone in the 1930s. Doing so is immoral — not in a religious sense, but in reference to morality’s origins, the evolution of a sense of fairness among members of a social species, which early on came to include a human recognition that other creatures enjoy being alive and that depriving them of life is a very serious matter. Over 2,000 years ago, the philosopher Bion of Borysthenes elucidated why modern, competitive hunts for coyotes are an absolutely abominable idea: 'Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs die not in sport, but in earnest.'"

You can send an appreciative letter to the editor, using the piece as a jump off point for anything you wish to add about our relationship with other species, to [email protected]. Please include your full name, address and phone number and keep your letter under 150 words.  


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