Act today to prevent cruel cownose ray killing contests

Maryland: Prevent cruel cownose ray killing contests

Cownose ray killing contests used to take place each summer in Maryland waters. Participants competed to shoot the heaviest rays using high tech bows and arrows. The rays were then hauled onto boats and often bludgeoned with a metal bat or hammer. Those that survived were thrown into piles onboard to slowly suffocate.

A current law bans these brutal killing contests to provide the Maryland Department of Natural Resources time to prepare a fishery management plan for cownose rays. The deadline is quickly approaching and there is no plan in place—if we do not extend the deadline, killing contests will become legal again and many cownose rays could die.

Please make a brief, polite phone call now to your U.S. Senator. Look up your legislator’s phone number. You can say, “Please support S.B. 143 to extend the prohibition on cownose ray killing contests.”

After your call, use the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.


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