January 11, 2010
Discussion Topic: On the Ethics of Coyote Hunting Tournaments
By Dave Hurteau
From the Zanesville Times-Recorder:
A coyote-hunting tournament. . . in northern Nevada is drawing howls of protest from animal rights activists. . . .
Wendy Keefover-Ring of WildEarth Guardians said coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem.
"These kinds of high body-count hunts are completely unethical and go against the spirit of ethical hunting," she said. "They're not going to use the bodies for food or anything else. It's just a waste."
Organizer Matt McFarlane said he doesn't understand the fuss, noting similar tournaments have been held to help protect livestock elsewhere across the West for decades. . . .
McFarlane expects about 20 to 30 teams to bag up to 60 coyotes.
"That doesn't put a dent in the coyote problem," he said. "The feds don't have the money to do the killing. They rely on us."
It’s no shock to learn that animal rights activists don’t approve. But the fact is, many hunters balk at body-count-for-cash tourneys, too. What’s your take?