Target: Paul Robichaud, Minister of the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
Goal: Advise Kennebecasis Valley communities to use humane and nonlethal tactics to control the local deer population
The New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources in Canada has openly advised residents of the Kennebecasis Valley area to pursue bowhunting in order to reduce deer numbers. This gruesome killing technique is slow and agonizing, often taking hours for wounded animals to perish from their injuries. Not only are young, helpless deer left to fend for themselves, but the pest control tactic actually increases the affected population.
This approach is both pointless and extremely hazardous. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claim that many of the targeted deer “[Careen] wildly onto busy roadways or [crash] through residential windows” as they are being hunted. Left without nurturing mothers, baby deer often die due to starvation or malnutrition. Ironically, the sudden drop in deer numbers causes the overall population to spike because the remaining survivors have access to a food surplus, and the resulting energy leads to increased mating and reproduction.
PETA further highlights effective and nonlethal methods for controlling deer. By implementing simple measures such as “motion detector-triggered lights/sprinklers,” one can repulse deer via fear. Officials can also fence off important areas and reduce that area’s food supply, limiting the animals’ presence without having to kill.
Sign the following petition to demand that community officials solve deer overpopulation in a humane and nonlethal manner. Bowhunting is a barbaric and archaic solution to a relatively simple problem.
Dear Mr. Robichaud,
The New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources’ suggestion to use bowhunting as a form of deer control is brash and cruel. This merciless tactic involves the slow, painful deaths of wounded deer and is anything but humane. According to some hunters, injured deer wander around for hours before finally dying from blood loss. The process also poses serious public safety risks, as many frantic deer have scurried onto busy roads or smashed through house windows.
Extermination isn’t just barbaric, it is ineffective. Wildlife experts state that sudden drop in the deer population will create a food surplus, and that this increased availability of food will cause the remaining deer to breed at a quicker rate. Alternatively, PETA outlines some nonlethal and effective measures to help curb deer presence. These techniques are as simple as creating fake coyotes (similar to scarecrows) to frighten away deer. Residents can also turn on outdoor radios, install motion-triggered lights, or apply pepper spray to nearby plants in order to repel the easily startled creatures.
Please tell residents in the Kennebecasis Valley area to pursue nonlethal deer control methods. Innocent animals should not have to die in such a savage manner because of ineffective population control methods.
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