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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704
Rye, NY Considers Bow Hunting 'Cull'
Letter to the Editor, published in the JournalNews.com
April 28, 2013
Rye, NY is considering killing its deer neighbors using bowhunters
because rifle hunting isn't allowed against deer in the county. It
should be illegal to use bowhunting as well. Most animal advocates are
against all forms of hunting; but bow hunting is arguably the cruelest
version of hunting - even rifle hunters denounce it. There are numerous
variables making it wildly inaccurate, including wind conditions, bow
maneuvering and strength - all at a moving target. It is far more
likely that an animal shot with a bow and arrow will stagger away
injured, wind up with an infection and die alone, suffering
pathetically. This is in addition to liability raised from people and
property being hit by a stray arrow.
Hastings, NY just
introduced a program of birth control for deer - making Rye's suggestion
all the more unnecessary. A committee introduced alternatives which
city officials ignored. The DEC advocates for hunting and downplays all
other methods; they scapegoat deer, while ignoring garbage stewn all
over, use of dangerous pesticides and fertlizers which go into the
groundwater and worse.
People move to these areas to enjoy
wildlife instead of living in highrises; children love seeing the
deer. A Westchester resident contacted us about a deer on his porch who
was slowly dying from an arrow, while he frantically tried to help her.
Its far worse seeing something like that than some nibbling on garden
tomatoes. Foliage can be planted that discourages wildlife. We applaud
Rye Mayor Doug French for being open to other suggestions and encourage
him to use kindness with every Rye resident - from vocal citizens, to
those who have no voice.
The writer is the
founder of Animal Defenders of Westchester
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