Residents of one state are outraged by South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem, who started a program that encourages kids to kill animals for money. You read that right, and this is not a joke.
Called the Nest Predator Bounty Program, it focuses on trapping of animals in order to “enhance pheasant and duck nest success.”
The program began on April 1, 2019 and runs until August 31, 2019 unless the $500,000 cap is reached before that.
For every tail of a raccoon, striped skunk, badger, opossum, or red fox that residents of all ages turn in, $10 will be given to that person by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).
Fish & Parks secretary John Cooper, told the Rapid City Journal, “It’s frankly disturbing that details of the program, which comes with a large price tag, were not disclosed to the very people, the commission, who have the responsibility for budget transparency and accountability in our state.
Some oppose the program due to the harming of animals while others support it. Mark DeVries of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association believes it will make young people “better hunters and sportsmen.”
The Facebook page announcing the news came with its fair share of outrage, including this comment from Brooke Jacobs: “You should be ashamed of yourself supporting cruelty! You are what is wrong with this world.”
Details of the program can be found here.