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Unlimited Brutality: ‘Coyote Whacking’ Legal in Wyoming, Lawmakers Don’t Seem To Care

People scoop-up the lifeless coyotes by their tails, then finish them off with a celebratory 'whop-whop-whop' against the snowmobile. And then, in a final act of the brutality that preceded it, they post videos on social media sites.

BETH DALBEY: ‘It’s stunning to animal rights activists and others that it is perfectly legal in Wyoming to chase coyotes down on snowmobiles until they’re exhausted and defenseless, then run over them several times. It’s more eye-opening still that the people who consider this activity sport scoop-up the lifeless coyotes by their tails, then finish them off with a celebratory “whop-whop-whop” against the sode of the snowmobile. And then, in a final act as confounding to activists as the physical brutality that preceded it, they post smiling videos of their coyote kill on social media sites…

Wyoming lawmakers had a chance late last month to abolish the practice that has been called brutal and inhumane, but let it pass without so much as a reading a Jackson state representative’s bill or scheduling debate. Rep. Mike Yin introduced a bill on Jan. 29 to make the sport illegal in Wyoming, but it was such a non-starter that it didn’t get the same-day committee assignment needed for it to move forward…

The local news site Sweetwaternow.com endorsed this year’s doomed legislation, writing in an editorial that “the scene is so horrific, it is hard to grasp the reality that any human being could do such a thing” and that “the world is witnessing not only this unconscionable behavior, but is also seeing the lack of fair chase hunting — what any ethical hunter or sportsperson would do to feed their family”..

Jackson Hole wildlife activist Lisa Robertson isn’t planning to give up on the coyotes, which have absolutely no legal protections in Wyoming, or on persuading lawmakers to see ” ‘Yote Whackin’, ” as the sport is called, as barbaric and unconscionable, then vote accordingly to make it a felonious act.

Robertson is not alone in her condemnation of the sport. Nearly 275,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org asking elected officials to criminalize coyote whacking in Wyoming and neighboring Montana, where it also takes place’. SOURCE…

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