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Urge Emerald Isle, North Carolina, to Halt Deer Massacre

January 14, 2012
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BACKGROUND

Emerald Isle, North Carolina, has decided to allow bowhunters to kill deer in an attempt to reduce local deer populations. Our office received reports that deer who were wounded by arrows were left to suffer during last year’s hunt. Your voice is needed!

Bowhunting is among the cruelest forms of hunting. Bowhunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer. Many are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful. It can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries. Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration.

Please urge Emerald Isle officials to halt bowhunting—and then forward this alert widely! If deer control is insisted upon, please share these tips.


WHOM TO CONTACT


Email block

aschools@ec.rr.com
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org
fmesser@ec.rr.com
nhedreen@coastalemail.com
trhoover@ec.rr.com
jwootten@earthlink.net
maripatw1@yahoo.com


Individual

The Honorable Art Schools
Mayor of Emerald Isle
aschools@ec.rr.com

Frank Rush
Emerald Isle Town Manager
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

Please also e-mail the members of the Emerald Isle Commission using these addresses: fmesser@ec.rr.comnhedreen@coastalemail.comtrhoover@ec.rr.com;
jwootten@earthlink.netmaripatw1@yahoo.com


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Honorable Schools, Town Manager Rush, and Emerald Isle Commission Members:

I have just learned that Emerald Isle is considering bowhunting, the cruelest of all hunting methods, of deer populations in a misguided attempt to reduce their numbers in populated areas. Although this proposal is inherently cruel based on its 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 would artificially increase food supplies to the remaining deer, the consequence of which would be 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 move forward with such a cruel and unnecessary killing, and although I do not currently reside in Emerald Isle I would be unwilling to consider it, or nearby, as a potential vacation destination if this deer cull transpires.

Furthermore, bowhunting is among the cruelest forms of hunting. Bowhunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer. Many are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful. It can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries. Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration.

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 each for your attention to this urgent matter.

NAME


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 15, 2012 5:00 am

    there is something that i want to know
    would deerhunters like to be
    shot with a bow
    wounded, bleeding
    alone in their cries
    as in terror
    they slowly die

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    • SHIREEN permalink
      January 15, 2012 7:10 am

      TO YOU KAREN…
      VERY WELL SAID… THESE PEOPLE ARE EVIL TO KILL IN THIS BARBARIC WAY

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  2. linda badham permalink
    January 15, 2012 12:39 pm

    I WAS BROUGHT UP TO BELIEVE THAT VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY WAS BAD AND WRONG. HOW IN GODS NAME IS THIS EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT THEN? WHAT A TERRIBLE TERRIBLE CALLOUS THING TO DO TO A LIVING BREATHING GENTLE BEAUTIFUL CREATURE.

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  3. Sharon Kennedy permalink
    January 17, 2012 1:23 pm

    The world is always saying it wants peace, but peace will always elude humanity because we fail to honor God’s law not to kill or to do harm on His holy mountain which is earth.

    We impose sin, bloodshed and violence on all creation and then we say we are God’s children? What part of “Thou shalt not kill” is beyond understanding? In the words of Jesus we are to: “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.” The people of North Carolina need to get back into obeying God’s commands if they want a prosperous state and a thriving nation.

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