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Time to call the MN Governor's Office

posted Feb 26, 2016, 12:03 PM by Scott Slocum   [ updated Feb 26, 2016, 12:04 PM ]
Update, 2/19/2016, Petition to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota. 

On 2/19/2016, petition signers were asked to call the Minnesota Governor's Office, in a final-hour attempt to halt the raffles associated with the upcoming coyote-hunting tournament--and ideally, as requested by Dr. Maureen Hackett of Howling for Wolves, to halt the tournament itself.

Office of the Governor & Lt. Governor of Minnesota:
  • Telephone: 651-201-3400 (please leave a voicemail)
  • Toll Free: 800-657-3717 (please leave a voicemail)
  • Minnesota Relay: 800-627-3529 
  • Fax: 651-797-1850 
Please call to ask Governor Dayton to stop the raffles that are planned in conjunction with the "Save the Birds" Coyote Hunting Tournament in Marshall, MN this weekend, 2/20/2016.

MN Statutes (Section 349.173) allow a raffle in conjunction with a "wild game or fish taking event." Coyotes are not "game" animals, therefore MN Statutes do not allow a raffle in conjunction with a coyote-taking event. Any raffle that is held at the event site during the event should be considered "in conjunction with" the event.

The MN Gambling Control Board has neglected to act. Governor Dayton, please act now to stop these raffles.

Thanks to Howling for Wolves and Maureen Hackett for pressing this issue with the Governor's Office. 

Here's an excerpt from Dr. Hackett's letter.

"Minnesota leaders must not turn a blind eye when these activities occur under their watch and under the authority of the departments they oversee... Our legislators must take action to make Minnesota the next state to prohibit recreational killing contests... Right now, however, we call on you, our Governor, to suspend this weekend's coyote killing contest, provide the legislature the opportunity to review this senseless practice, and allow reasoned, ethical wildlife policies to prevail in Minnesota."



Snapshot of the Howling for Wolves letter to Governor Dayton, 2/19/2016.

Snapshot of the Howling for Wolves letter to Governor Dayton, 2/19/2016.