Cranbrook deer slaughter action alert
Deer defenders will be going to Cranbrook, B.C., next week to document and oppose the slaughter of 30 mule deer (Cranbrook voted on 2/14 to go ahead with the cull). We’re looking for supporters who could be there to assist.
Please contact Sinikka if you can help: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHOM TO CONTACT
The contact box for Cranbrook Mayor and Council is HERE if you’d like to submit a message regarding the planned slaughter of 30 mule deer starting this week.
Dear Cranbrook Mayor and Council Members,
The City of Cranbrook has announced plans to kill deer starting February 2013 in a misguided attempt to reduce deer numbers. Although this hunt is inherently cruel based on the premise alone, it is important to recognize it is based on erroneous information.
Please allow me to illustrate a few of these concerns. First, ecologically, populations will fluctuate according to conditions and naturally-occurring food sources; it is the interference of humans that causes imbalance. To blame and slaughter the deer for human encroachment is both irresponsible and unjustified.
Second, killing deer artificially increases food supplies to the remaining deer, the consequence of which is increased reproduction and an ensuing greater deer population. In fact, studies have demonstrated that the continual cycle of seasonal hunting is responsible for a rebound, or larger herd populations, in subsequent years.
Third, this type of mass killing using such a brutal type of slaughter in such a central and visible location would certainly adversely affect both visitation and tourism; it would be financially detrimental to continue with such a cruel and unnecessary killing, and although I do not currently reside in Cranbrook, I would be unwilling to consider it, or nearby, as a potential vacation destination if this deer cull continues.
Please instead examine alternative, non-lethal options such as fencing, fertility control, and relocation according to established protocols when using these methods, which have all proven successful in curtailing deer populations.
I know your time is limited and I want to thank you for your attention to this urgent matter; I look forward to a positive resolution to this situation.
we are muledeer
please leave us be,
allow us to live in
our kind as company.
we have feelings,
we do not want to
please do not sully the
innocent blood shed!
Karen Lyons Kalmenson