Call for an End to Penned Dog Hunting in Ontario
Animal Justice is releasing disturbing new undercover footage from inside a penned dog hunt in Ontario, where hunters cage coyotes and use them as live bait. In this new exposé, our investigator shares how they witnessed terrified coyotes running for their lives, unable to escape the dogs who are trained to hunt and even kill them.
Penned dog hunters also admit on hidden camera that coyotes are regularly maimed and die in these penned dog hunts—even though they tell the public that coyotes aren’t harmed. Dog hunters competed for cash prizes, spoke coldly of their animals, and even threatened violence toward dogs who didn’t perform well.
Penned hunting is illegal everywhere else in Canada, and in most US states. In 1997, the Ontario government recognized the cruelty of penned hunting facilities and decided to phase them out. But in 2023, the government bowed to extremist hunting lobby groups and passed new laws to expand penned dog hunting instead—condemning countless coyotes, foxes, and rabbits to suffer and die.
It’s unacceptable that Ontario is allowing this abuse to take place—all because a handful of sport hunters want to continue to participate in this perverse bloodsport. Tell Ontario to cancel expansion plans and penned dog hunting!