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Letter to the Editor - Wildlife deserves to live here, too

Letter as published on The Journal News
10 Mar 2015

On Feb. 25 in Rye, a panel convened by Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum discussed the quickest, cheapest way to kill local deer. There was also talk of having geese and coyotes killed.
No attention was paid to humane, non-lethal methods of coexistence. Euphemisms "harvest," "take," "cull" disguised the plan to bring mass deer slaughter throughout New York state. We supplied facts proving hunting doesn't work for population control, and stats about problems caused by burgeoning human overpopulation.

People build homes in the country, forests, wooded areas then want the wildlife gone. Sadly, much discussion was aimed at appeasing influential homeowners who want deer shot to protect their gardens; but those who don't care about killing innocent beings should consider that numerous studies have shown the benefits on human health of seeing nature and living with animals; indeed many residents state they moved here specifically to live among and see our fabulous wildlife.

We ask if Westchester goes through with this slaughter that it be televised, not conducted secretly. Show animals lured to eat at bait stations, only to stagger away crying in pain and fear as they bleed to death after being shot.

We must do better. Is the message we want to send our children that we should bully and kill our way out of conflict, and it's okay to slaughter the helpless? Shouldn't we teach children intelligent, compassionate behavior and respect for others? Shouldn't our ethics be at least as important as our gardens?

Kiley Blackman
Tuckahoe

The writer is founder of Animal Defenders of Westchester.

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