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The War Against Wildlife

Over 100 million animals are killed by hunting every year in the U.S. Millions more are wounded and suffer slow, painful deaths. Young animals are orphaned each year and many, like the fawn shown here, do not survive the winter. And, others, forced out of their habitats during hunting season, are killed in automobile accidents. Statistically, far more animal/car accidents occur during hunting seasons than any time of the year.

Another 40 million “fur animals” are either painfully trapped or factory farmed. When trapped, leghold traps and other body gripping traps cause a long, slow, terrible death. And when they are factory farmed, because these are animals which should be wild, they go insane in tiny cages. Then they are killed brutally by either anal or genital electrocution or poisoned gas. Undercover videos show animals literally being skinned alive.

Fish feel pain too. Fish and other sea animals die painfully of suffocation or, in catch and release fishing, of infection. Uncounted billions of these animals are killed each year in the US. For shrimp fishing alone, for every shrimp caught by US boats in the Gulf of Mexico at least four non-target fish are discarded. That’s over 3 billion fish needlessly killed annually!

Unlike mammals, most fish lack the ability to vocalize pain, but many studies show that their sensory organs and nervous systems are just as developed. According to Australian biochemist Frank Hird: “It is unthinkable that [fish] do not have pain receptors. They need them in order to survive.” Like all vertebrates (including humans), they have free nerve endings which register pain.

No protections for fish and sea animals. There are no guidelines or government regulations with respect to the catching and killing of fish. After being hauled up from the deep, fish experience painful decompression which often ruptures their swim bladders, pops their eyes out and pushes their esophagus and stomach out through their mouth. When fish are sorted on board, the crew use short spiked rods to stab and throw them into their respective piles. Afterwards their throats and bellies are slit while many are still alive. Fish die from many causes, including shock, asphyxiation, being squeezed and crushed by the weight of the rest of the catch in the net, and freezing on ice. Eels are killed by being buried alive in salt or chopped into pieces.

When gill nets are used big fish swim through the holes and get caught by the gills or fins when trying to back out. Many suffocate right there while others struggle and bleed to death. The nets are often left unmonitored and trapped fish suffer for days.

MARC works to educate people about these issues. MARC has publicly protested against the aerial killing of Alaskan wolves, the clubbing of Canadian seals, the killing of dolphins in Japan, the hunting of Canada geese in Braintree, Massachusetts, and at fur retailers. In radio and TV interviews and debates, we've argued against trapping, fur factory farming, and hunting; debated the sponsors of the Massachusetts bill to overturn trapping restrictions; and defended the Braintree golf course geese. We have also worked to stop moose hunting in Massachusetts.

What you can do right NOW!

Good laws can stop this war on wildlife! MARC works to strengthen existing laws and promote non-hunting alternatives to cope with human/animal conflicts. But bad laws can be used to increase the violence against wildlife. Please go to our Pending Legislature button above for action to take on pending bills in Massachusetts.