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Urge Monmouth County, New Jersey, to Halt Deer Massacre

January 26, 2012
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BACKGROUND | FROM PETA

The Monmouth County Parks System is once again allowing bowhunters to kill deer in an attempt to reduce deer populations. Officials defend the hunt by claiming that there are no other viable options, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. 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 Monmouth County Parks officials to halt bowhunting—and then forward this alert widely! If deer control is insisted upon, please share these tips.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Block email

jtruncer@monmouthcountyparks.com , wildlife@monmouthcountyparks.com

Full contact details

James Truncer
Director and Secretary
Monmouth County Parks
jtruncer@monmouthcountyparks.com

Please also e-mail the Monmouth County Board of Recreation using this address:
wildlife@monmouthcountyparks.com


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Director Truncer and Board of Recreation members:

I have just learned that Monmouth Country 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 Monmouth Country 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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what is at the end
of the barrel of a
gun
it is a living creature
not a source of fun
so put away your rifles
your antiquated bows
and arrows
life is meant to be lived
with kindness and open
hearts
not with cruelty and minds
closed and narrow

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



One Comment leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 27, 2012 3:43 am

    what is at the end
    of the barrel of a
    gun
    it is a living creature
    not a source of fun
    so put away your rifles
    your antiquated bows
    and arrows
    life is meant to be lived
    with kindness and open
    hearts
    not with cruelty and minds
    closed and narrow

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