letter published in NY Times:
Published: August 15, 2004
To the Editor:
Your Aug. 8 editorial "Subduing the Deer" sickened me.
First, I was delighted to read about approaches, such
as contraception, that are used around the world. Then, bang, sharpshooters.
Lure the deer in to eat and slaughter them! Why? They may ruin our precious
gardens! They may have an infected tick on them that will spread Lyme
disease! (How about we address the tick in this fashion, not the deer?)
Last but not least, they may run into our cars!
Granted, collisions with deer are a serious issue, but since when do we kill
the victims of a wreck? Their carnage dots the countryside now - countryside
once roamed by them, not us.
This is just an extension of our national appetite for
quick fixes and our inhumane treatment of man and animal around the world.
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