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

This coyote-killing contest being run by Powderhorn Outfitters in Hyannis is irresponsible and a disgrace to Cape Cod. What’s worse is that 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 toward 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 they are being killed on the Cape?

Like all animals, including coyotes, that fox just wanted to live its life and find food and territory — just like us. I believe all animals deserve a chance to live without our interference.

I urge state wildlife management agencies to truly use science and scrap the old ways of thinking and to stop supporting hunting and trapping.

Mark Nagelhout

Park Ridge, New Jersey

— The writer is district director of the League of Humane Voters of New Jersey.