When diving I always get a bit of a thrill when I encounter rays, something about the way they seem to fly effortlessly thru the sea. It doesn’t seem to matter if they are the largest and most magnificent are the smaller rays they are all great to have as diving companions. So I was angered when a recent article caught my attention and I think that you will be also.
Killing Rays! Just for Fun!!
Each year cownose rays migrate from
The Battle of the Rays
“They beat them with a baseball bat”
“The video we captured that year, and in 2016, featured animal cruelty so violent and vicious that it brought international condemnation down upon these contests and spurred more than 146,000 people to sign a petition against them,” Stuart Chaifetz, an investigator for SHARK, told The Dodo. (see the original story)
“They shoot them, they pull them up, they beat them with a baseball bat, they throw them in a barrel and [the rays] suffocate, and then they dump them back in the water. It’s just very inhumane. I don’t think we should treat any live species that way,” state Maryland Sen. Ron Young. Young was so incensed that he drafted bill 268 to make this type of contest illegal.
Now you can help by writing to the Maryland Office of Tourism and tell them what you think.
Update: Legislation has been introduced in the Maryland Legislature to ban the “Battle” but you still need to join the petition and pile on the pressure, this is not the time to sit back.
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