Target: Catherine Gjessing, General Counsel for the Vermont State Department of Environmental Conservation
Goal: Applaud ban on the use of drones while hunting in the state of Vermont
Recently, Vermont placed a ban on hunting with drones within the state. According to supporters of the ban, drones are an unfair technical hunting advantage, meaning drones violate the “fair chase” mentality of hunting. The unmanned flying devices are used in other parts of the world and they do not allow hunted animals to properly use their flight instincts by unfairly disadvantaging the animals’ senses. Preemptively banning the use of this technology is extremely important for the hunters and hunted of Vermont.
Those who developed the petition that prompted this ban believe that hunted animals should have a moment, before a bullet or arrow is discharged, to use their senses and flee danger. Drones have been used to scan land masses for prey, pinpoint their locations and even corner animals or herd them into an entrapment. Although drones have not yet been used within Vermont, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is preemptively banning the use of drones to ensure the use of the aircraft does not become a problem in the future. The practice of using drones while hunting goes against the intent of hunting. Numerous hunters agree that the highlight of the sport is not making a kill; rather, it is a fair-chase game where the hunter and the animal are at a fair advantage.
Using drones to unfairly hunt game is unnatural and cruel. Animals deserve the ability to fairly flee death while being hunted, and drones do not allow for that opportunity. Commend the Fish and Wildlife Board of Vermont for placing a ban on hunting drones within the state.
Dear Catherine Gjessing,
Vermont’s Department of Fish and Wildlife recently placed a ban on the use of hunting drones within the state. As your department is aware, the use of drones in hunting situations is largely unfair to prey, which rely on senses and instincts to avoid detection and death. Thank you for being an active part of issuing this ban. I understand that the use of drones is not yet a problem in Vermont, so your preemptive action to ensure the wildlife of Vermont is fairly hunted is highly commendable.
Please continue to keep the welfare of Vermont’s wildlife at the forefront of your decision making.
[Your Name Here]
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