Strip US Shooter Corey Cogdell of her Olympic Medal
  • Petitioned International Olympic Committee

This petition was delivered to:

International Olympic Committee

Strip US Shooter Corey Cogdell of her Olympic Medal

    1. Raelene Ng
    2. Petition by

      Raelene Ng

      Mansfield Park, Australia

I'm sending out this petition to bring to your awareness about Corey Cogdell, the youngest shooter representing the US at the Olympic Games, and to petition the International Olympics Committee to strip Corey Cogdell of her 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal because her acts of Hunting Wild Animals Violates Olympism Values of Environmental Sustainability and Protection. On her Facebook Fan page she has an album entitled "Hunting Around the World", with 16 photos that show her posing with her trophy kills, including a black bear, a zebra and an antelope. Those photos have been included as video in this petition. Below is also a link to an article written by her, titled "How I Hunt", published in an online website in 2008.

The link to the video is: http://youtu.be/ONb5_vNfTJU

Both the photos and her words in the article are sickening. It is hard to believe that there are still people who kill wild animals for sport and are PROUD of it! It is not for survival ie to feed herself - on safari hunts she has to pay for the "privilege" of hunting. It is not for self-protection, as shooting an animal with a gun means waiting in ambush FROM A DISTANCE and shooting them. It is a target practice sport for her and there is no need for it in this day and time when clay pigeons and targets are available. In one photo she poses with about 30 dead pheasants she has shot, and in an article published on an online outdoor website: "MY FAVORITE THING TO HUNT IS DOVES. You can go out there and shoot a pile of them, 12 or 14 a day." (25 November 2008, www.fieldandstream.com  ; http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/hunting/2008/11/how-i-hunt-olympian-cory-cogdell  ). Even the hungriest person in the world cannot eat 14 doves a day.

What she does is no better than the poachers who hunt for animal parts for "medicine". From her photos and her words she is proud in her skill of killing animals - how many she can kill and how big her kill can get. There are other ways to practice. Yes she is from Alaska, where hunting game is par for the course, but when the native people hunt, they give thanks to the animal for sacrificing themselves to feed them, they hunt with honour, they hunt following the seasons when there is abundance. There is no honour in hunting animals for sport.

This person is representing the US in the 2012 Olympic Games. She won a Bronze Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is a role model for many young people out there, and she sees absolutely nothing wrong with killing for sport. Australia has a strong stand against poaching as seen in their immigration laws. Let's see if we can make a strong stand against killing animals for sport. Please forward this to your contact lists, the media, anyone you think of who can make a difference, just with one signature. At the very least, talk about this when you are next sitting down with your workmates, your friends, your family.

Please sign this petition urging the relevant authorities to strip her of her 2008 Olympic Medal, a medal she won by her skills gained through ambushing and killing wild animals. Her actions go against Olympism Values of Environmental Sustainability and protection. As a role model for many young people out there, we need to stop her from sending the message that wanton killing of animals in their wild is acceptable. IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. By stripping her of her medal, we are sending out this message. Let us leave a legacy for our future generations where they can see wild animals in their natural habitats, not a zoo.

PLEASE take the time to sign and share this petition. We need 50,000 signatures. Please pass this on, and know that you pass on a legacy to protect and sustain animals in the wild.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. ALMOST 1000 SIGNATURES!

      Raelene Ng
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone, we are almost at 1000 signatures, just in over 2 weeks! Let's keep this going and keep spreading the word. Killing wild animals for sport is not something that affects just the local people, it affects us all.
      The total black bear population is estimated to be between 600,000 to 700,000 (excluding baby cubs). How many people are there in the world? World population has reached 7 billion (7,000,000,000) on October 31, 2011.
      Then you have people like Corey shooting them for sport and promoting it. Let's change the odds a little bit! SHARE this petition AGAIN. And again! Bring it up next time you catch up with friends for dinner.
      Thank you!

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. The Olympic Games and Sustainability

      Raelene Ng
      Petition Organizer

      When I cobbled together the arguments for this petition - how hunting animals for sport goes against Olympian values of Environmental Sustainability, little did I know how strong this argument is.

      Go to www.olympic.org/sustainability AND another link below.

      "Olympic Games can function as a major asset for cities and communities to maintain and restore land, soil, forest, freshwater, wild fauna and flora, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems"

      "The IOC has acknowledged its particular responsibility in terms of promoting sustainable development, and regards the environment as the third dimension of Olympism, alongside sport and culture. This led to its decision in 1995 to create an IOC Sport and Environment Commission. Furthermore, NOCs are encouraged to establish a Sport and Environment Commission on a local level"

      WHEN this petition gets 500,000 signatures, I will be presenting it to the IOC, with arguments derived from words they have published themselves.

    5. Almost 200 signatures in a week!

      Raelene Ng
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU EVERYONE! We still need more signatures so please re-post on your social networks. In advertising, it takes 7 times of seeing the same message before the average person takes an action. SO, even if it is to repost once everyday for 7 days, or share on 7 friends' FB wall a day, PLEASE DO SO!

      And thank you Luz Maria for your powerful words: "El espíritu de las Olimpiadas no puede estar manchado de sangre" (The spirit of the Olympics cannot be stained with blood).

      Those who are good with languages - if you can translate the words in the petition and pass it on, that would be great. The animals we are aiming to protect don't speak human languages - it is up to us to speak up for them. In all our different languages, we share the same heart with one another and with the animals. Thank You.

    6. I have created a video montage of photos of Corey Cogdell's trophy kills

      Raelene Ng
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this video with your social network, as well as any media contacts you have, as pictures speak a thousand words. Thank you for your support thus far! XX
      PS please do share the video, so my effort doesn't go to waste - my effort in stopping myself from puking as I worked on the video! XX

    7. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • noreen allen HULL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      i think killing these animals is unnecessary and done for fun its something a sick pig would do.totally not funny

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • george duce DUNCAN, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      im a hunter for 45yr. hunting and the olympics are two diff. things. LEAVE HER ALONE

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Your AN YAHOOVILLE, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      this is silly

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Eliza Florence BARALABA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Two Australian Olympians were heavily punished because they had a tourist photo on FB with a gun... Surely this person's act are less acceptable!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Jessica Ferguson BREMERTON, UNITED STATES
      • about 2 years ago

      The idea of "trophy" hunting and "sport" hunting is appalling. Teaching our youth that animals are nothing more than inanimate objects to satisfy a blood-lust that we have been for centuries trying to shun is unspeakable. Today's youth have guns shoved in their faces at school, on the street, while being exposed to dog fights and animal mutilation on a daily basis they don't need to be shown these types of violent acts on television. We need to start showing them the sport of compassion and a keen eye for wildlife as an escape from the day to day violence they are shown everywhere from television to games and "social" interactions. Peaceful coexistence and the love of nature is a great escape from the horrid acts of life. Teaching them how to survive out in the wilderness and different view of other lives that look so different from their own. To show them there are other ways to deal with stress instead of treating them as a means to let out violent aggression.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.