Confirmed victory

If passed, HB 423 will make it legal for hunters to trap LIVE raccoons and use them in cruel field trial competitions where they will be held in cages while dogs are trained to "tree-them".

Terrified caged raccoons will be flung high into trees, hauled across a field, or body of water as frantic, barking dogs give chase. They will be forced to endure this ordeal repeatedly--sometimes for hours on end.

In addition to being terrifying to the raccoons, these activities put the animals at risk of developing chronic stress-induced disorders, which could contribute to the spread of dangerous diseases following their release back into the environment.

These events are cruel, dangerous, and harmful to local ecosystems. Field trials should remain illegal in Georgia.

HB 423 must be stopped!

Letter to
State Senator Renee Unterman
State Senator Bill Cowsert
State Senator Valencia Seay
and 1 other
State Senator Cecil Staton
I urge you to vote NO on HB 423. This bill, if passed, will allow hunters to trap LIVE raccoons and use them in cruel field trial competitions where they will be held in cages while dogs are trained to "tree-them".

Terrified caged raccoons will be flung high into trees, hauled across a field, or body of water as frantic, barking dogs give chase. They will be forced to endure this ordeal repeatedly--sometimes for hours on end.

In addition to being terrifying to the raccoons, these activities put the animals at risk of developing chronic stress-induced disorders, which could contribute to the spread of dangerous diseases following their release back into the environment. As with all wildlife, raccoons should not be approached or handled by humans. One reason for leaving raccoons undisturbed is their susceptibility to numerous diseases including canine distemper and parvovirus, in addition to zoonotic diseases (humans can get from animals) such as rabies and raccoon roundworms.

These events are cruel, dangerous, and harmful to local ecosystems. Field trials should remain illegal in Georgia. Please oppose HB 423!