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Fire Department To Host ‘Squirrel Slam’ Killing Spree As A “Fun” Family Event – Sign A Petition To Protest

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I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, my idea of having fun with squirrels was to go to the park and feed them. However, times have changed, because now, a day of massive squirrel slaughtering [8] is apparently what qualifies for good old family fun. A fire department in Holley [9], New York is sponsoring a mass killing of squirrels on February 16th, 2013. Worse, this event is in its 7th year. Double worse, Google “squirrel slam” and you’ll find that this sort of festivity is not so unique after all. Triple worse, this year, the Holley fire department has included a brand new 14 years and under prize category, because even young children deserve to have fun shooting small animals, right? Not only does a ‘squirrel slam’ send an incredibly poor message to kids about killing animals for no apparent reason — but considering the sort of gun violence we’ve seen in this country [10] lately, is shooting really the best family activity? Keep reading to learn how you can protest this event.

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Monetizing the murdering spree, the Holley fire department is offering big cash prizes for kids and adults as a reward for sacking the best, biggest and heaviest squirrels. In fact, there’s even a special cash prize for whomever kills the worst squirrel. We need to really think about what this sort of barbaric behavior teaches our kids:

In addition to the above, this event places firemen, who are revered as heroes in our society, in an incredibly unfavorable light. It’s unbelievable that any county officials would encourage kids and families to kill like this. Now, here’s what you can you do to stop events of this nature: