I am truly sorry I don't know how to paste pictures. But I hope that if you care about the suffering of any animal you will manage to visualize the picture of a wounded and exhausted coyote who runs into a plaza in Rochester, NY for "sanctuary." (This is not a recent happening but the writer still thought it should be shared and I agree.)
At first I thought the coyote was female because he looked so small lying against a building. But no--this poor male would soon be confronted once again by the vicious hunter and his pack of dogs who had attacked him. How I hate that dogs, who are basically loving beings, are taught to bite their fellow animal cousins to the death if allowed.
By this time, the media, curious onlookers, and officers from the Department of Environmental Council were now on the scene.
NO ONE objected as the poor terrified coyote was then dragged with a catch pole and loaded into the hunter's truck with his dogs. Then he would probably be taken to the woods where the dogs would finish him off. What a terrible thought, and who would want to watch such a cruel spectacle? Obviously, the hunter.
I hope this picture terrifies you as it does me and others. It is events like this which makes me ashamed to be a member of the hu
man race. No animal needs to be hounded, terrified, and killed without serious justification. What was the hunter's justification?
Are any hunters ever justified for taking an animal's life unless their own life or someone else's is in jeopardy?
Recently, I saw a picture of a coyote on his back and with his mouth wide open in terror--surrounded by barking, biting dogs.
It was a heart-wrenching picture to see. And now this poor coyote would be in the same position.
Aren't I afraid of coyotes? Yes, I am. I am afraid of all predator animals, but I believe that they should be treated with fairness and compassion. We should not hunt or kill them without serious reasons or for our own protection or for the protection of others in danger of being hurt. This hunter had nothing to fear from this poor coyote.
The writer then sadly notes how disappointed she was that the DEC officers of New York allowed this arrogant hunter to act like he owned the wild coyote and had the right to have him ripped apart by dogs! What about the media and onlookers?
Obviously, they had no compassion for the coyote either.
This poor coyote should have been offered sanctuary. The DEC officers should have called the animal control officer and had the coyote humanely euthanized, or if the law allowed for medical care, he should have been taken to a wildlife-rehabilitation center in or near Rochester where the coyote could have received help. How nice if this compassionate scenario had been realized and our frightened coyote had been taken there for help. But, sadly, no one at this plaza thought this coyote deserved mercy and a a second chance.
Linda, the writer of this Facebook post, said that she recently spoke with a representative of the DEC. He confirmed this story to be true, but noted it occurred a while ago. But she so rightly observes--that this make no difference to us as the state of New York has not changed their policy regarding the cruel, inhumane, and brutal way coyotes are handled and allowed to be abused and hounded to death by dogs.
And even more sad--the DEC does not feel that any laws were broken, and therefore will continue as always. We hope New Yorkers don't agree with this position and will write letters and make phone calls if they want humane changes. This campaign against the coyotes is far from humane. They can't help being coyotes any more than we can help being humans. God made us both and loves ALL His creatures.