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Valley Forge Park sets deer shoots after year's delay

October 05, 2010 | Deer / Hunting & Wildlife Management

UPDATE: FRIENDS OF ANIMALS AND CARE WILL HOLD A DEMONSTRATION AT THE PARK THIS SATURDAY, 9 October, 2-4 PM.

The permit has been approved for our group by the Park administration and the Superintendent has signed it.

Meet us in the parking lot near the bicycle rentals and restrooms. That is officially the First Amendment Zone and on Park maps it is identified as:

"Lower Welcome Center Parking Lot."

Look for the bright blue Friends of Animals banner.

IMPORTANT: Watch this space for further updates regarding forthcoming demonstrations and public education in the National Park as well as legal restraints filed for by Friends of Animals in this case.

Inquirer article follows.

Philly.com

By Jeff Gammage
Inquirer Staff Writer

Officials at Valley Forge National Historical Park say deer will be shot there starting next month, ending a yearlong delay and commencing a controversial plan to dramatically thin the herd.

An animal-rights group responded to Monday's announcement with an immediate pledge to demonstrate at the park. And an attorney said he might seek a restraining order to try to stop the shooting. Read more.

Comments

Thank you FOA for standing up to Valley Forge in order to end the cruel and primitive idea to thin the deer herds by permitting hunting. Allowing hunters to kill these beautiful gentle animals is a sin. In this day of modern technology and effective drugs, there should be many other alternatives to violence. Isn't there enough gun violence in every other part of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Let's not legalize and encourage more!

Thank you, Carolyn. We don't even need modern technology or drugs to come up with an alternative to violence at Valley Forge. That's the beautiful simplicity of this. We merely need to sustain the status quo and let the deer be. The deer population peaked several years back. It's basically a stable population now, to which the Park is a traditional home. Officials who point to a lack of natural predators need to stop killing them too (Pennsylvania's coyotes are specifically relevant here). Nature can then work in its own ways, find its own balance. This is what we should insist is done. It's also the ecologically correct way to proceed. People have a tendency to complicate matters unwisely. Extreme measures bring unintended consequences. Let's press for sanity, decency, and non-violence.

UPDATE: FRIENDS OF ANIMALS AND CARE WILL HOLD A DEMONSTRATION AT THE PARK THIS SATURDAY, 9 October, 2-4 PM. Meet us in the parking lot near the bicycle rentals and restrooms. That is officially the First Amendment Zone and on Park maps it is identified as: "Lower Welcome Center Parking Lot." Look for the bright blue Friends of Animals banner. The permit has been approved for our group by the Park administration and the Superintendent signed it on 7 October. Please exercise your First Amendment rights with us this Saturday.

Hi David. That's exactly what I wonder, too. And obviously I don't have an answer. Instead of believing that humans are heartless, I choose to believe that, sometimes (maybe even most of the time), we are simply ignorant. After all of the social conditioning, we simply haven't realized there's a more enlightened way of viewing animals who share the planet with us.

Dear Dustin, You are correct, in all that you've said herein. One enlightened way is to acknowledge that they have just as much right to live as we do. That way of thinking, unfortunately, is not pervasive. Hence the legal struggle for animal rights. Be well. David Forjan

It is amazing how heartless the human race as become. Deer are such gentle precious gifts to the earth. What has happened that people think it is okay to destroy animals so heartlessly? I see deer frequently in the Hollywood Hills and cannot understand how anyone could think of destroying them. Valley Forge Park belongs to all of the people, not just a handful of ignorant jerks. I cannot believe a permit would be approved to destroy earths beautiful gentle creatures. It makes me sick. Sharon Klein

Trust me when I tell you that they will never get another one of my photos!!! They should not profit from or use as a marketing tool those poor deer that they consider to be such a problem. My photos were my may of celebrating their life and beauty!!! I have post cards that I also made (at their request) out of my deer photos, titled "a day in the life of a deer at Valley Forge National Park" They were NEVER turned over to them for the above mentioned reason. I am happy to give them away to you if you can use them or to anyone else that may want them for the right reasons. If I can do anything at all to help the deer please call on me! I should not complain about what they are trying to do if I am not willing to be part of trying to help. My wish is for people to realize that they just can't kill what they think gets in their way. What happened to respect for life? Your own life someone else's life or the life of an animal!

David Forjan, I think you said more than "two cents worth." You said it all. It is sad that we live in a "throw away" world. If it gets old, gets in our way, we get sick of it we just toss/kill it. I often wonder what holds value for people any more? I see many comments in ref. to the deer causeing car accidents. WELL MY THOUGHT IS THIS SO DO DRUNK DRIVERS...SO DO I HAVE THE RIGHT TO LEAVE A PILE OF FOOD SOME WHERE FOR SUCH AN OFFENDER TO BE DRAWN TO AND THEN WELL YOU ALL KNOW HOW THIS STORY ENDS.

Just my 2 cents. Why is it that we humans so often choose to kill? Why is killing so often the solution of choice? We humans cause the problems, and then are too lazy? or too impatient? or too emasculated? or so heartless? that we just decide to kill. As the option of choice so often we kill: coyotes, wolves, woodchucks, deer, wild mustangs, cougars, leopards, geese and on and on. Why do we humans choose the MOST inhumane option, the most extreme option, the most heartless option, so easily and so often? There are a whole slew of other options that we should pursue, each and every one, before we kill. Especially if we are to keep considering our species humane. Ironic that the species "human" is the root of the word humane. A contradiction in terms to me. Let's all start acting like we're part of the word "humane". Being so quick to kill is not worthy of us being a part of that word. Thanks for listening. David Forjan

Please! Please! Please! Help the Deer!!!! I live close to this park I visit the park as well as the deer as often as I can! They do not bother anyone!

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