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FoA, Senator Avella Protest Upcoming Crow Hunting Contest

March 20, 2014 | Hunting & Wildlife Management

[Original Release]

(ALBANY, NY) In continuing to advocate for the welfare of all animal species in New York State, Senator Tony Avella came out against the upcoming “Crow Down” hunting contest being hosted on March 29th in Palenville, NY. The contest, which awards prizes for crows killed, does not have a bag limit and does not require the use of non-toxic shots, raising significant concerns of inhumane killings. 

Unfortunately, the contest is considered perfectly legal under the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regulations.

To better address the raising concerns with hunting contests, Senator Avella has co-sponsored State legislation (Bill #S.4074), with Senator Jack Martins which would make it unlawful for any person to organize, conduct, promote or participate in any contest or competition where the objective of such contest or competition is to take the greatest number of wildlife.

Senator Avella stated, “While I continue to support hunting rights, I do not understand why hunting contests continue to be accepted as a general ‘family fun day’ in New York State.  These contests promote the slaughtering of countless defenseless animals by creating a competitive atmosphere where hunters try to kill the most amount of wildlife. Without any limit on the amount of crows killed in this particular contest, who’s to say when is enough?” 

Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals stated, “Bloody, barbaric events like the “Crow Down” crow killing contest to be held in Palenville have no place in modern, civilized society.  Awarding adults and children prizes for a mass killing contest of crows promotes a dangerous, violent attitude toward all wildlife that we share our landscapes with. Friends of Animals strongly urges passage of Senate bill # 4074 which would prohibit all killing contests throughout NY State which also target coyotes, squirrels and other species that play critically important roles in our ecosystem.”

Stella Miller, the President of the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society stated, “I was very disturbed to learn about the crow killing contest to be held in Palenville. Crows are highly intelligent animals and are greatly admired for their cognitive abilities.  I am not sure how this barbaric practice can be considered "sport".  I am not opposed to subsistence hunting.  I am, however, adamantly opposed to killing for the sake of killing. I am working on bringing more of the birding and conservation community in NY together to oppose this particular event as well as all contest "hunts".  I support passage of Senate Bill # 4074 and believe firmly that contest "hunts" should be permanently banned in New York State.”

Senator Avella concluded, “The lack of oversight of these hunting contests, which oftentimes become animal slaughter contests, is incredible. Living in a State which recognizes the dangers of gun use, we should re-evaluate our approach to promoting countless wildlife killing as means of family entertainment.”


I support Senate Bill #4074. No killing of innocent beings for sport. It should not be considered "family fun" or "entertainment" in a civilized society.

Please do NOT allow such contests to happen. This is so cruel and unnecessary.

Please do not allow these contests, its unnecessary and cruel.

please let new york state lead the way to a more compassionate, less hateful, less brutal country. Animals are living beings, they are NOT trophies or targets.

End all "fun" hunts, fund raising hunts, trophy hunts.

I support this measure to protect wildlife and ban the killing of wildlife.

Animals and birds should be treated with kindness and respect. These killing contests teach children the exact opposite message. I support Senate Bill #4074.

I do NOT connect, at any level, with anyone who hunts animals for sport! Please end this barbaric practice. I support Senate Bill #4074.

I support Senate Bill #4074. New York needs to practice compassion and coexisting with our animal neighbors. Killing them and promoting violence towards animals is not the answer. Share space graciously and quit being sadistic bullies!

Intelligent, rational humans MUST step up and say NO to the ignorant people who organize these inhumane killing events. (I've yet to meet a hunter who is satiated by their last kill -- the lust for snuffing out the life of animals always continues.) These dangerous and cruel events will only stop with legislation. Senate Bill 4074 is long overdue!

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