oin us on earth day at Animal Liberation Kitchen for a fundraiser to help bring awareness to the cruel and illegal coyote hunt put on by Chesher’s outdoor store in Belleville. There will be coyote inspired art and vegan food by ALK. All proceeds from the art sold will be going to the groups fighting Chesher’s outdoor store in court.
For those that don’t know, Chesher’s Outdoor Store in Belleville awards cash and merchandise prizes to hunters who kill the heaviest coyotes. This is illegal and being fought in court by Animal Justice and Coyote Watch Canada. They recently lost the decision but are not giving up that easy.
Animal Justice and Coyote Watch Canada have also filed an application for an investigation of Chesher’s 2023 coyote hunting contest under the Environmental Bill of Rights—a cornerstone law that gives Ontarians the right to seek an investigation when environmental laws have been broken. The groups hope the province is compelled through that application to finally take action to uphold the law and hold the store to account.
The groups encourage residents unsettled by this court decision to contact their MPPs to call for change. More can be learned about coexisting with coyotes and issues facing wildlife at AnimalJustice.ca, TheFurBearers.com
, and CoyoteWatchCanada.com.