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Three Deer Imprisoned at Pittsburgh Nursery Need Your Voice

October 7, 2012
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BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA

Meder’s Nursery in Pittsburgh reportedly keeps three deer cruelly confined to a tiny windowless room year-round, except during the holiday season when they are exhibited. To make things worse, we’re told that the smallest deer is often bullied by the others.

Deer are undomesticated animals—their wild instincts are still intact. In captivity, with their instinctual needs largely (if not entirely) thwarted, they can become despondent over time and develop abnormal and self-destructive behavior, including pacing, rocking, swaying, bar-biting, and self-mutilation. Others suffer less “dramatically” but remain deeply unhappy at heart. While on exhibit, being subjected to a barrage of strange noises, activity, and people trying to touch them can’t offer these “prey” animals much reprieve.

PETA reached out to the nursery’s owners and urged them to provide the deer with an ample outdoor habitat or to place them with a sanctuary (we offered to help with this), but to no avail. Meanwhile, these wild animals reportedly languish as prisoners. Please contact Meder’s Nursery and politely implore its staff to do right by these deer—then forward this alert widely!


WHOM TO CONTACT

Please send polite comments to:

Email block

nancy@meders.com ,  scott@meders.com ,  kim@meders.com

Individual

Nancy Meder, Owner
Meder’s Nursery
360 Regis Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
412-653-7020
nancy@meders.com

Scott Kisner, Manager
Meder’s Nursery
360 Regis Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
412-653-7020
scott@meders.com

Kim Kisner, Manager
Meder’s Nursery
360 Regis Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
412-653-7020
kim@meders.com


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Owner Meder and Managers Kisner and Kisner,

Meder’s Nursery in Pittsburgh reportedly keeps three deer cruelly confined to a tiny windowless room year-round, except during the holiday season when they are exhibited. To make things worse, it is my understanding that the smallest deer is often bullied by the others.

Deer are undomesticated animals — their wild instincts are still intact. In captivity, with their instinctual needs largely (if not entirely) thwarted, they can become despondent over time and develop abnormal and self-destructive behavior, including pacing, rocking, swaying, bar-biting, and self-mutilation. Others suffer less dramatically but remain deeply unhappy at heart. While on exhibit, being subjected to a barrage of strange noises, activity, and people trying to touch them can’t offer these animals much reprieve.

Animals are sentient beings, capable of fear, pain, and suffering.  These wild animals are reportedly languishing as prisoners, and I therefore respectfully urge you to provide the deer with an ample outdoor habitat or to place them with a sanctuary.

Thank you for taking the time to read this urgent appeal.

NAME


we are three deer,
and cute we are.
but humans, you
have gone too far.
you have trapped
us inside, to amuse
adult and child.
but we are deer,
we belong in the wild.
not on display,
it is outside we are
meant to play!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


9 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 8, 2012 3:06 am

    we are three deer,
    and cute we are.
    but humans, you
    have gone too far.
    you have trapped
    us inside, to amuse
    adult and child.
    but we are deer,
    we belong in the wild.
    not on display,
    it is outside we are
    meant to play!!!

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    • October 8, 2012 6:26 pm

      lovely Karen also i like your new pic is that you?

      Like

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        October 9, 2012 2:24 pm

        thank you florence…tis i, sitting in my car!

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        • Florence Eaise permalink
          October 9, 2012 3:21 pm

          beautiful Karen just beautiful im glad to put a beautiful face to al the beautiful poems you truy are gifted Karen

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  2. October 8, 2012 5:34 am

    Unconscionable! What part of ANIMAL ABUSE do you not understand??? We wonder how long any of YOU would last ~ so severely restricted contained in such an inadequate environment together. You’d be at each other’s throats before the work day was over. So it’s time to wake up and DO THE RIGHT THING for these animals who have no choice about being exploited. Speaking for many, we’ll be boycotting your business and urging all others to do the same unless and until this is changed to accommodate the physical & mental needs of these imprisoned deer!!

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  3. October 8, 2012 9:07 am

    why haven’t they been charged with animal cruelty and the deer taken away??

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    • October 9, 2012 2:12 pm

      Good question! It could be that the statutes only cover domesticated, or pet, animals, under which deer would not be included.

      Like

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