Save the Cownose Rays Coalition is a grassroots coalition of non-profit organizations working to ban inhumane contests held in in the Chesapeake Bay and its Maryland tributaries to kill cownose rays – not for food – but purely for entertainment.
Cownose rays migrate to the Bay in May to give birth to their pups and mate almost immediately afterwards. Tragically, cruel killing contests happen at this same time — many of the rays killed are pregnant. Contestants have also been filmed killing newborn baby rays.
These contests are currently legal in Maryland.
Governor Hogan has signed the cownose ray bills into law!
The law puts a moratorium on fishing contests for cownose rays until July 1, 2019, and calls on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to develop a management plan for the rays by the end of 2018. We are hopeful that it will result in a permanent ban on these contests.