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CT Deer Escape Bloody Sunday

May 08, 2014 | Deer

Our state’s deer will continue to have one day a week to live in peace instead of in fear of being bloodied thanks to Connecticut legislators in the Senate who killed a Sunday bow-hunting bill Wednesday evening.

The bill, which was approved by the House last week, would have allowed property owners in areas of Connecticut that the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection claims are overpopulated by deer to hunt the animals with bows. 

“It’s gratifying news,” said Friends of Animals’ president Priscilla Feral, adding that if the DEEP was not dependent on licensed hunters for its budget, it might be more considerate of the majority of the state’s population who are non-hunters. 

Connecticut residents who hunt—there were 46,000 in 2011—comprise just 1.3 percent of the state’s total population. 

“How can so few people want a majority opinion or think they can have a monopoly on public policy,” Feral said. “Bow hunting on Sundays must remain illegal so that Connecticut continues to have one day per week for nonhunters to enjoy the outdoors without having to contend with hunters. Real progress will be made when hunting of all our state’s wildlife is prohibited altogether.”

FoA is opposed to controlling free-living animals through hunting or birth control. Most of DEEP’s deer density data is in fact outdated. Only three zones were surveyed in 2013 to determine deer density—all other zones were surveyed eight years ago in 2006.

The DEEP’s idea of deer overpopulation is not based on science—it is propaganda from an agency that is wedded to every licensed hunter who is their client. 

 

Comments

THANK YOU! My wish to the universe: Would that bow-hunting would be illegal - all days of the week - and throughout the US.

What a relief! One day a week for wildlife and non-hunters! Thank you to the CT Senate and FOA.

Sadly, the public has been conditioned to accept that hunting is an absolute necessity. Hunting accomplishes one goal: the perpetuation of hunting. The on-going reign of terror against deer must end.

Good news but its only a slight reprieve. One day a week! C'mon! On the topic of deer the community of Oak Bay (Victoria BC) has a proposed deer cull for no real reason except public safety and the loss of a few tulips. The mayor won't listen to reason and will not implement and measures ensuring the safety of the public (and the deer) when it comes to deer/vehicle incidents.
Why we have to kill just because is beyond me. Its a sad situation and if FoA can help please do. The SPCA doesn't really want to get involved because they don't want to lose donations from people who favour the cull.

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