Town's Fundraiser Doubles as ... Squirrel Hunt?
Fire department's tradition isn't sitting well with animal fans
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 6:34 PM CST
Updated Feb 3, 2013 5:30 PM CST
He is not amused.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A fire department in rural upstate New York has an unusual way of raising money to buy new gear—a "squirrel slam." Every year, the Holley department organizes a hunt, sells tickets, and hands out prizes for the best carcasses. ("Reds & grays only!!" says the rules.) This year, however, the squirrels have a little ammunition of their own in the form of social media, reports Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle. News of the Feb. 16 hunt is spreading quickly online, and opponents are trying to put a stop to it with petitions on Facebook and

"Stop the mass slaughter," demands the latter petition, whose author is particularly incensed that kids as young as 12 can take part. A blogger at Psychology Today similarly complains of the "barbarism." The fire chief says he's been fielding calls from all over the world—even Britain's Daily Mail has weighed in with a story—but he insists the hunt will go on. In fact, almost all of the 700 tickets have sold already. Click for more on the "slam."

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Feb 18, 2013 8:40 PM CST
i,ll take the first ten tickets for the squirrel slam next year.i love squirrels.they taste a lot better than chicken.and i don,t have to worry about growing a third nipple from all the growth hormones it,s been fed.i don,t hear anyone complaining about the chicken being weighed and sold for what,(MONEEEEEYYYY) SAY IT ISN,T TRUE.OOOOHHHHH NNOOOO,NOT THE BEEF AND PORK TOO!!you squirrel protecters need something better to do with your time.
Feb 3, 2013 9:10 PM CST
Two legged squirrel's shoting four legged squirrel's, I bet a sitcom/reality show in the works? Welcome to the stupidity of the human race. Have A Beautiful Day.
Feb 3, 2013 8:32 PM CST
I would love for my kids to learn to hunt. You never know when those skills will be useful at the rate this planet is going.