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As Hunting Season Begins in Connecticut, So Do the Lies and Misinformation

September 29, 2009 | Hunting & Wildlife Management / Press Releases / Deer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Priscilla Feral
Phone: (203) 656-1522

Darien,CT--"Each year, apologists for hunting are pressed to justify their violent, unethical deer-killing schemes bolstered by state wildlife agencies which profit from hunting," says Friends of Animal's president, Priscilla Feral.

In a press release issued by the pro-hunting group Fairfield County Municipal Deer Management Alliance, traffic accidents, Lyme disease and environmental destruction are solely blamed on deer. The group even called for Fairfield County residents to sanction deer killings on their private property, to "do their part" to eradicate deer. As though deer must disappear to ensure public safety.

Hunting is on the decline, and has been for years; fewer than 1% of Connecticut's residents hunt.

It's no longer acceptable to call hunting recreation. Hunters invent social benefits to excuse their killings: "protecting" deer from "over-population" or people from disease, or feeding the hungry. They are "protecting" wildflowers from "over-browsing" and heading off collisions.

"What's missing," Feral says, "is respect for conscious life - - and for the truth."

Feral observes that humans-the only species on earth whose population is truly out of control-often fail to acknowledge how our reckless overdevelopment and penchant to overpopulate directly impacts our perceived problems with deer and other free-living animals.

Hunting changes the way deer naturally evolve and can cause deer populations to increase. Nature itself ensures that the deer population is limited by available food, territory, and winter weather conditions, which restrict both food and range. Numerous studies over the years have shown that both the reproductive rate and the survival rate of deer will then decrease-creating a natural balance.

Neither do deer cause Lyme disease; black-legged ticks carry the disease when immature, on smaller host animals than deer. Vigilant checks for ticks on the body and immediate removal, especially in the summer and early autumn weeks, are key for controlling the spread of Lyme disease.

It's true: there are about a 1.5 million reported instances of drivers hitting deer in the United States every year. "So, clearly there is a problem, yet the quickest way to reduce deer/auto collisions is to get the hunters out of the woods," Feral says. A 2002 study by Friends of Animals found that hunting actually exacerbates roadway deaths of deer because it can frighten deer into darting out to roadways. About half of all these collisions occur in just three months: October, November, and December -- hunting season.

Howard Kilpatrick, a biologist with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Connecticut, celebrates the fact that more land has been opened up to hunting-telling the Stamford Advocate "that's what we need to manage deer populations." But what Kilpatrick doesn't mention is his own professional bias: The DEP is a pro-hunting agency that is funded, in part, by the sale of hunting licenses and a federal excise tax on guns and ammunition. This fact alone ensures only one thing: corrupt, one-sided "science."

Nature is being managed to death; it's time for communities to call for ceasefires. Deer simply need us to let them be.

Comments

I hope NONE of you are meat eaters. If you are then you have a reality pill coming...try visiting a slaughter house as you watch the animals stand in line waiting to die a most gruesome death as they stand smelling the blood and death around them. Don't believe me - GO really, it will give you a whole new perspective on what you get at the grocery store. You want a cause - try reading FAST FOOD NATION...learn how all the meat eaters of society truly get their meat. You will never eat at any fast food chain again. Hunting - you take what you need and you feed your family. There is no additives to the meat, there are no growth horomones to be concerned about, and what ever else HUMANS decide the farm animals should eat and when they will die. Raising animals to be slaughtered versus taking what nature provides for on her own. I will take the nature course every time. I am a single mom of two kids, and I will continue to hunt and feed my kids off the land just as my ancestors did and the Indians. I grow my own veggies, I harvest my own food be it veggies or meat and my children will learn to as well. [Blog editors' note: Why would you assume that an animal advocacy group called Friends of Animals is wedded to tormenting and eating animals? For your health, the environment and animals, a plant-based diet is best. My ancestors hunted whales, so thank goodness primitive rituals can end.]

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