I have vacationed on Cape Cod for over a decade. I visit here to enjoy viewing and photographing its natural places and wildlife, not to kill innocent animals.

This coyote killing contest run by The Powderhorn Outfitters is irresponsible and a disgrace to Cape Cod. What’s worse is the Massachusetts state wildlife “management” agency supports it. It seems like obvious pandering to pro-hunt groups.

I’ll never forget the time I saw a red fox sitting on top of a sand dune looking out towards the water. What an amazing sight! I could not imagine wanting to kill that beautiful animal for fur or a trophy. I’ve seen taxidermy coyotes on sale for over $1,000. Is this a reason why they are being killed on the Cape?

That fox I saw is like all animals, including coyotes. They want to live their lives, find food and territory, just like us. I believe all animals deserve a chance to live without our interference.

It’s great to see groups like Boston Animal Save and Friends of Cape Wildlife using public education and protest to fight against this cruelty. We will continue to urge state wildlife management agencies to truly use science and scrap the old ways of thinking. They need to stop supporting hunting and trapping.

Most people want humane, non lethal wildlife management methods. I understand this massacre is legal in Massachusetts, but do local governments – including towns and Barnstable County – really approve of this?

All humane and reasonable people who oppose this should contact their local governments (their town's and Barnstable County), and ask them to support legislation banning this on town and county property.

Mark Nagelhout

District Director, League of Humane Voters of NJ

Park Ridge, NJ