Nevada bill equates killing coyotes to killing people

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New Nevada Bill for Killing Coyotes Carries Hefty Punishment

Hunters in Nevada might want to find some new grounds for sport.

A new bill would make killing a coyote for sport the same equivalent as manslaughter under the eyes of the law if it passes.

On March 25, the Nevada Senate Committee on Natural Resources introduced Senate Bill 487, which would ban competitions where coyotes are killed for prizes or entertainment.

Coyotes made up the majority of calls to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. (Public Domain)

If it passes, those caught violating the law would face the charge of a Class D Felony that carries a mandatory prison term of 1-4 years and a potential fine of up to $5,000.

In turn, because of the crime’s felony status, violators would then lose their right to vote and own firearms. The new measure would liken the killing of the animals to that of arson and manslaughter – all three carrying the same penalties.

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.Can’t make this up folks. Legislation recently introduced in the Nevada Senate would treat participants in a coyote hunting contest the same as someone convicted of manslaughter. #TakeActionToday #ProtectYourPassion #Huntervationist cc: @Gabby_Hoffman https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/news/nevada-coyote-contest-bill-carries-penalties-equal-to-manslaughter/ …61:35 PM – Apr 5, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacyNevada Coyote Contest Bill Carries Penalties Equal to Manslaughter | Sportsmen’s AllianceLegislation recently introduced in the Nevada Senate would treat participants in a coyote hunting contest the same as someone convicted of manslaughter.sportsmensalliance.orgSee Bruce L. Tague’s other Tweets

“According to the authors of SB 487, killing someone or burning down a house should carry the same penalty as posting on social media about a coyote competition,” said Bruce Tague, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This is utterly ridiculous and unwarranted. Worse yet, this bill makes each coyote killed a separate violation of the new law, meaning a judge could sentence a violator to many years in prison for killing a species that the state of Nevada is already struggling to control!”

So… hunters are now on par with pyromaniacs and killers?

The bill is made to look like it is just banning competitions, but the bill’s phrasing uses loose terms, potentially putting those even posting about it on social media at risk. 

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