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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 April 2013
RYE: BOW AND ARROW KILLING OFFERED AS THE ONLY OPTION AGAINST THE 'HORROR' OF DEER WALKING AROUND
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY APRIL
As hunters salivate over the prospect, the City of
Rye, NY is considering a bow hunting event to kill off, or 'cull' their
deer neighbors, as rifle hunting isn't allowed in the area. Rye is
totally baffled and unable to find an alternative - even though they
formed a deer committee years ago but ignored its suggestions; and
despite the fact that the nearby town of Hastings, NY just announced a
wonderful plan of using birth control with their deer residents.
Several questions are immediately apparent with this announcement: One
area of the hunt is at Marshlands, which is a county property. Does the
Rye City Council has jurisdiction over it? The county uses 100 bow
hunters whom they pay to "manage" deer on county owned property. Are
they are going to unleash 100 bow hunters on that small area while
people are on nature hikes? How much they are paying each hunter out of
taxpayer dollars? How much are the processing costs of the deer that
they are going to donate to the homeless? When this odious activity is
done to geese, the processing cost to taxpayers is almost $25.00 per
pound! Furthermore, we are awaiting a call from Marshlands, which was
asked about the hunt because it is a
wildlife SANCTUARY. Apparently
our understanding of the word differs from Rye's.
Manager Scott Pickup, a hunting proponent, grabs the usual baseless
buzz words to promote a slaughter: 'Besides wreaking havoc on the city's
woods and gardens, the unchecked deer herds increase the risk of Lyme
disease, which is spread to humans by ticks that feed on the animals,
and the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions.' Rye is a beautiful
city; listening to Pickup, one would think its a vast wasteland; and
furthermore, anyone who wants to kill others for eating their tomatoes
has far bigger problems than 'deer mgmt.' In addition there are plants
that dissuade wildlife from eating local vegetables. Pickup then
offers zero 'proof' of the remotest increase in Lymes disease in Rye -
nor does he offer 'proof' of increased deer-car collisions.; and the
fact is that deer-car collisions are frequently caused by frightened
deer running into the road to escape hunters. A trip to Rye offers a
view of parkways strewn with soda cans, cigarette butts, newspapers and
other disgusting litter, and Rye Beach looks like a garbage
dump...somehow its always the fault of wildlife.
of the DEC says the deer '...lead to the disappearance of native shrubs
and wildflowers, the decline of bird species and the increase of
invasive plants that take over the understory, a layer of forest bedding
that birds use for nesting.' We visited Rye after hearing this quote
from Clarke, expecting to see a barren landscape of tree stumps, ominous
quiet and scorched earth, straight out of Mel Gibson's 'Mad Max':
Instead we found a lovely city with birds singing and greenery starting
to make its timely appearance for spring.
Kiley Blackman, founder
of Animal Defenders of Westchester said, "People move to these areas to
see wildlife instead of highrises, and children love seeing the deer.
We heartily applaud Rye Mayor Doug French for stating he 'isn't
convinced' that the city should be calling in hunters to deal with deer.
We are offering to work with Mayor French on finding a way for Rye to
live in peace with their wildlife residents. . We helped Councilperson
Dee Barbato get an ordinance passed in Yonkers that required all bows
and arrows be sheathed at all times. Most animal advocates are against
all forms of hunting, as are we; but bow hunting is the worst, the
cruelest form 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 will stagger away
injured, wind up with an infection, and die alone suffering
pathetically. The DEC admits rifle hunting can't occur in the suburbs
because of the risk of bullets flying randomly around; apparently its
okay if it's random arrows.
We say 'No, its not okay, not for humans or for animals.' We urge
Mayor French to use kindness in his dealings with every one of
Rye's residents - from its' vocal citizens, to those who have no voice."