Please Stop the Hazzard County Squirrel Slam
  • Petitioned John W. Kenney, Jr

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John W. Kenney, Jr

Please Stop the Hazzard County Squirrel Slam

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The Holley Fire Department is located in the Village of Holley, in eastern Orleans County, NY, it has been brought to the attention of animal advocates, this is their tradition of the "hunting" of squirrels. The website has recently posted on their website an event that calls for people to register in the adult and the youth category of the event. It is a sadistic form of entertainment that is sponsored by the Holley Fire Department. Although it is stated that this event follows all the hunting Rules by the state of the New York, it does not mean that just because it is legal, that it is morally right.

The Holley Fire Department is said to follow federal, state and local standards, and yet it is unreal that they promote such act of violence in the hands of young people or that the whole state of New York finds this event as something that represents their culture and beliefs. Just this past December 24, the nation saw the fatal shooting of two firemen in western New York, yet the Holley Fire Department has no respect for those that lost their lives, and continues patronizing this senseless massacre for what they call a "tradition."

The website states that "by the incorporation of technological advancements in equipment and by advancing the educational level and training of [their] members, the Department will continually strive to improve the standard of fire service. It is time that the education of the firefighters includes teaching empathy for all living creatures. Non-human and human animals are sentient beings and do not deserve the tragic death of being shot.

We would like to ask the Mayor John W. Kenney, Jr to please stop the Holley Fire Department  7th Annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam.

The following is the Firefighter oath

I __________________ do solemnly swear to do my duty as a Firefighter for the City of _______ to the best of my ability; to serve my commanding officers with respect and dignity; to serve the citizens of the City of ________ with compassion, courage and integrity; and to uphold the laws and constitutions of the United States of America, the State of ________, and the City of _______; so help me God.

Please Village of Holley live up towards the oath volunteers and members make: Compassion, courage and integrity.

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The link of petition started by Julie Gallagher click here to sign

The link to the Facebook created by animal advocates to keep people informed about the situation is: Stop the 7th Annual "Hazzard County" Holley New York Squirrel Hunt click here and Like

About Hand4Paws:

Their mission brings attention to the suffering of animals. Their principle is to help end their torment and  promote,with emphasis, at risk companion animals. Reaching a broader audience through social media is their way of advocating for animals.

Pic obtained from from another youth squirrel hunt event. Not actual picture from the town of Holley

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    2. Holley 'squirrel slam’ still a go Saturday
      Birnkrant said on Tuesday that she remains hopeful the event will be canceled. She said she expects at least 50, and perhaps more than 100, protesters to be in Holley Saturday.

      Holley 'squirrel slam' still a go Saturday

      HOLLEY - The Holley Fire Department "Squirrel Slam" fundraiser is expected to go on as planned Saturday, despite burgeoning efforts by animal rights activists and at least one state senator to halt the event.

    3. Tony Avella speaks for the squirrels

      State Sen. Tony Avella was joined by Friends of Animals at the Capitol on Monday to denounce the “Hazzard County Squirrel Slam,”
      Thank you so much for the wonderful work of Friends of Animals!

      Capitol Confidential " Tony Avella speaks for the squirrels

      State Sen. Tony Avella was joined by animal advocates at the Capitol on Monday to denounce the "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam," a hunting event set for Feb. 16 in the Town of Holley, located on the eastern side of Orleans County, to benefit the local fire department.

    4. Video of delivery of petition to the Senator.

      Check this see our petition right there with Cleo... She runs Caring For Cottontails Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc. in CT and she drove all the way to the press conference to deliver both petitions. She has a page for her rehab of wild animals on Facebook please Like her page and if it is within your possibilities a kind donation is suggested. Joy Benson was able to find this angel to deliver the petition of Julie and Hand4paws. Here are your signatures on video. Thank you so much to all that signed.

    5. Petition to be hand-delivered

      Petition to be hand delivered today, Feb. 11th, in Albany at State Sen. Tony Avella’s news conference opposing the event.

    6. Reached 6,000 signatures
    7. Julie and Hand4Paws mentioned by the Daily Mail in the UK

      Thanks to great activists like Debi that suggested for us to do a petition... Julie for her love and strength for the animals and everyone's power of signing and sharing...The petition for the squirrels makes it to the news in the UK! The voice of activists is being heard! Continue sharing and teaching others about respect to animals!!

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. Firefighters in New York promoting gun violence to children

      Firefighters in New York promoting gun violence to children

      The non for profit group Hand4Paws has uploaded an online petition to calling for action from Mayor John W. Kenney,Jr to stop the massacre of innocent squirrels and the promotion of gun use amongst the young citizens of the town of Holley.

    10. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Doris Muller WEST PEORIA, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      It ought to be a crime to raise funds on the back of cruelty and death. This was an event that feeds killing urges. It is scandalous that a city entity organized such a violent, horrifying slaughter of nature for fun and games. Even worse, the event was promoted to encourage children to join the slaughter.

      Considering that parents spend their children's young lives teaching them to respect and lovingly care for the companion animals, I find it disgraceful that they see nothing wrong with fostering killing urges in their children simply because it's a tradition or they want to eat it. Children would be better taught to respect, enjoy, and learn about nature without developing urges to stalk it and kill it. Instead they develop the typical attitude's of hunter's: they enjoy killing animals; they get a huge thrill out of stalking; they kill animals for target practice; they love to brag about their killing successes; they feel empowered by killing; they take joy in stalking and killing animals with their guns and bows; they love the comradery with like-minded buddies; all animal killers have a flawed conscience.

      The Holley Fire Department put money in its coffers , but at what price?Why is this important to you?Why is this important to you?

    • delza abrahao PERUIBE -SãO PAULO- BRASIL, BRAZIL
      • over 1 year ago

      Que mundo é esse? Adults,sets humanos dando incentive a um Absurdo desses .depois com certeza iraõ sair por ai dando tiro


      todo mundo.Lamentavel,Inacreditavel..

    • Mia Khazei BEDFORD, NH
      • over 1 year ago

      I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. Abraham Lincoln

      The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mohandas Gandhi

    • Elizabeth Fox LAKE ZURICH, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      It is totally inhumane and teaches children the wrong message!

    • Maureen Ellen McGill SALVADOR, BRAZIL
      • over 1 year ago

      This is so barbaric words fail me.


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