Bill banning hunting passes with prize money in Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD (WBBM NEWS RADIO) – The Illinois House of Representatives voted to ban contests that involve hunting animals for cash prizes.

This is, in part, a response to last year’s contest held by an outdoor equipment store in which more than 400 coyotes were killed. There was a cash prize pool.

The Humane Society of the United States called it “an atrocity” and “a disgrace.”

State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, wants these events banned.

Republican Wayne Rosenthal of Springfield said the annual Squirrel Bowl, held in his district, has raised $200,000 for local charities.

“Hunting competitions help control the overpopulation of coyotes and raccoons,” Rosenthal argued.

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