George Coniglio on Holley NY coyote-kill contest

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“Today, I’m embarrassed to be a human being.
I’m amazed at the depths some of us can sink to, all in the name of good, clean fun for the whole family.
I’m perplexed at how some of us can rationalize our deviant behavior regardless of how much pain and suffering results from it.
And I’m disgusted that some of us will attempt to justify the invalidation of the sanctity of all life in order to satiate an appetite for blood drawn by their own hands.
What happens in Holley, New York later today isn’t about hunting. Nor is it about guns or Second Amendment rights or nuisance abatement or the industrial agriculture vs. living off the land debate or feeding the hungry.
What happens in Holley, New York later today is about the sad fact there exists in a certain segment of our society a mindset that derives a perverse pleasure from needlessly preying on the weak and defenseless. for no good reason other than it’s fun to kill them.
i can’t imagine seeing the world through their eyes.
What an ugly place it must be.
Where we see the miraculous beauty of all living things, they instead see unfeeling objects there for the plundering, whose life value can be minimized to the point where it’s worth little more than prize redemption in a killing contest.
Be mad.
Or be sad.
But be something.
If we’re indeed the superior species on this planet (as so many seem to think), isn’t it high time we act the part? If not for their good, at least for our own?”
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8 thoughts on “George Coniglio on Holley NY coyote-kill contest

  1. So glad to read this – it does hark back to the mass bison exterminations and wolf exterminations. Nothing much has changed in the mindset of many, and the only thing standing in their way now is the ESA.

    Anyone who isn’t made angry and disgusted that it continues to this day has something wrong with them.

  2. Holley, New York? Is this the same place where the psychopaths massacre the squirrels? What the hell is wrong with this sick and twisted town?

  3. “Where we see the miraculous beauty of all living things, they instead see unfeeling objects there for the plundering, whose life value can be minimized to the point where it’s worth little more than prize redemption in a killing contest.
    Be mad.
    Or be sad.
    But be something.”

    Or even worse, that animals are useless obstacles for our simple desires. This piece was beautifully written. We need to stop seeing ‘the miraculous beauty of ourselves’ and include the rest of (or what’s left, anyway) of the planet.

  4. It’s very strange – at least in the West, there has been a so-called ‘reason’ for why they kill wildlife (historical and/or hysterical), cattle depredation and interference with other human activities, like building shopping malls.

    I can’t imagine what the reason is in New York.

    I was on a coyote protection website the other day, and I was dismayed to read just how many comments show overworry about coyotes taking household pets. The person who responded from the site must have the patience of Job to deal with them, because he or she showed a lot more than I would have had.

    People don’t seem to realize that an outdoor pet is in much more danger from being hit by vehicles or disease than a coyote in our modern world.

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