Squirrel-Killing Contest in NY Under Fire

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 8, 2013 Last Updated: February 11, 2013
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A squirrel looks around in Madison Park in New York City on Nov. 5, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

A squirrel looks around in Madison Park in New York City on Nov. 5, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—The “Squirrel Slam,” a squirrel hunting contest being held upstate New York next week, has drawn heavy fire from animal rights groups and a New York official, who have announced plans to protest against it.

The contest, located in the town of Holley in Orleans County and held on Feb. 16, gives out cash prizes and guns for the number of squirrels killed, according to the Holley Fire Department, which is sponsoring it. The fire department is holding the contest as a fundraiser.

The contest has been criticized by several animal rights groups, who claim it promotes violence against animals, and it now has another opponent: New York Senator Tony Avella of Queens.

Avella, along with Friends of Animals, will hold a press conference to protest against the Squirrel Slam “to immediately cancel the event,” according to a statement from his office. The protest will take place at the LCA Press Room, Room 130 of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Monday.

“Squirrels are not shooting targets, and the NRA’s brainwashing scheme to indoctrinate children to seize guns—and then to create a spectacle of dead animals for prize money and firearms is a disastrous, convoluted idea,” said Priscilla Feral, Friends of Animals’ president, in a statement last week.

The group added that such a contest intends to “subvert a civilized human culture” and amounts to “brainwashing children to think guns are cool and that terrorizing and killing animals is a fun” activity.

At the “Squirrel Slam,” those who kill a maximum of five squirrels weighing the most will get first prize, which includes $200 and a .50 caliber Muzzleloader rifle. There is also a $50 prize for killing the largest single squirrel in the hunt.

There are also gun and cash prizes for those who get the second and third places. The guns being handed out for first and second places are an AR-22 semiautomatic rifle and a Mossberg 835 shotgun. Those who get the fourth and fifth places will receive firearms as well, including a Remington Model 870 shotgun and a Henry Lever Action Rifle.

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  • Dexter

    Bless you Senator Avella. <3

  • Cara

    And we wonder why Colombine, why Connecticut? We are crazy!

  • Paul E. Mann

    Real sportsmen never kill more than than they eat.

  • Katherine McGill

    Senator Avella – Thank you for being a leader with a brain and a heart!

    Anyone else notice this is a mother squirrel? Ludicrous, immoral… there are no words strong enough to describe what a bad idea this barbaric event is. And in 2013 these morons can’t think of another way to raise money – or prizes to offer besides guns to kids, seriously?

    • Judy Pierce

      We keep wringing our hands about gun violence and come up with ideas that just put a band aid on it. How about outlawing these kinds of blood sport events and teaching our children that ALL life is precious. My heartfelt thanks to Senator Avella

  • Peggy

    It is mind boggling to me that anyone would sponsor much less participate in such an event as this. It hurts my heart. We need to teach our children to choose LIFE.

  • Chris Collins

    Its an absolute disgrace! I am so outraged at what some morons regard this sort of activity as amusing & they are encouraging kids into thinking this sort of behavour is acceptable!! you NEW YORKERS should be ashamed of yourselves

    • Beth Bond

      I totally agree!

  • Debra

    Many alternatives to killing for this event have been brought forward, a lot of money was raised to donate in leu of having to kill squirrels as a fund raiser but they were rejected. How sad they wont rethink this and stop the slaughter. I can only surmise that the killing is what they want not the money. This is the time there are baby squirrels in the nest who will die a horrid death without their protective mother. Please please take the donations and stop the event.

  • Karen Kerxhalli Sparks

    If you check their website they have a copy of their flyer posted right there for accuracy purposes. I believe that was just a typographical error since Holley is not far from the city of Rochester, NY

  • Cara

    And we wonder why people shoot up schools. We are crazy. Starting with our Mayor and going right down to the newest firefighter recruit.

  • Anne Mills

    I used to think that the American Firefighter post 9/11 was an all American hero but the firefighters in this fundraiser are the lowest of the low. Three of the signs of a serial killer are pyromania, bedwetting past a reasonable age and killing/torture of animals. So guys next time you think of this as a fantastic fundraiser check the kid you give the prize of a gun to doesn’t have matches in their pocket or a rubber sheet on their bed.

  • disqus_8rHixueAOU

    parents that that think hunting is so wrong: You should tear your son
    or daughter away from their computer tomorrow, get them off the violent
    video games or crap they are watching, and take them ice fishing. Go out
    there and catch some perch, take them
    home, clean them and cook them. Thank God for providing them to you,
    eat and enjoy. Make it a regular event to take them hunting or fishing.
    They will grow up understanding where their food comes from. They will
    respect it, cherish the meat and honor the process. And they won’t go to
    school with a backpack full of stolen handguns or a bomb and try to
    kill everyone. If you are a vegetarian because you don’t want animals
    killed for your consumption I can appreciate that. But I suggest you go
    to your doctor’s office and get your B vitamin levels checked. If you
    don’t eat meat they can be dangerously low and your brain won’t function
    properly. ( you won’t be able to think reasonably)

  • Ames

    As a gunowner and a hunter, I believe that every participant should have to dress, cook and eat what he/she harvests. Shooting squirrels just for the sake of shooting them is not reflective of the American Hunting Ethic. If people want to just shoot animals they can have a junkyard rat slam and do society some good.


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