Success: Community Prohibits Cruel Practice of Bowhunting


Target: The Mediterra Community Association, Inc.

Goal: Applaud decision to prohibit bowhunting in Naples, Florida

While bowhunting might seem like a cool and exciting way to hunt animals, it is actually one of the most painful forms of hunting. Animals are not killed immediately and must suffer from the pain of the attack while they bleed to death slowly. There is no definite way to kill a deer with one arrow, and for every deer that is killed hunters must take an average of fourteen shots. This is unnecessary suffering for the preyed-upon deer.

Thankfully, The Mediterra Community Association, Inc. in Naples, Florida responded to public outcry against their proposal to allow bowhunting of deer on their property. Two earlier ForceChange petition call for an end to bowhunting deer. One petition specifically targets a district in Florida, and the other targets the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Associations like The Mediterra Community Association, Inc. deserve to be applauded when they make moral decisions without governmental regulations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service still needs to hear that the 98.6% of American citizens who do not hold bowhunting licenses are against the practice of bowhunting. But in the meantime, it is important to give credit where credit is due.

For every deer that is eventually killed by a bowhunter, another deer is severely injured and left vulnerable to predators, often suffering, and on its way to death. Bowhunting is the second cruelest way of hunting animals, next to trapping, and it inflicts unnecessary suffering on both the animal that is killed and the others that get away. The Mediterra Community Association, Inc. deserves appreciation for its decision to prohibit bowhunting. Let the association know that you appreciate their anti-bowhunting policy.


Dear Mediterra Community Association, Inc.,

The Mediterra Community Association, Inc. has made a great decision to prohibit bowhunting of deer on its property. Bowhunting is one of the most cruel forms of hunting and inflicts undue suffering on the hunted deer. For every deer that is dragged away by a hunter, another deer is left helpless and suffering in the woods. Bowhunting is particularly terrible because there is no way to kill a deer with one shot. Therefore, hunters must take an average of fourteen shots to kill one deer. The killing of deer in this way only serves to give pleasure to people who enjoy watching animals suffer.

Thank you for your work against the cruel and unnecessary killing of animals. I strongly support your anti-bowhunting policy.


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  1. bina pannell says:

    What!! Are we still living in the Dark Ages? Bows and arrows went out with the Ark for heaven’s sake!! And as for hunting anyway – barbaric!!

  2. Stan Benton says:

    I guess now they will murder the deer only in kind and gentle ways?

  3. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

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