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From 6 April 2004 Issue
 

THE CLEVELAND SHUFFLE - A FAMILIAR, UGLY AND DEADLY TUNE

On the heels of the expose of the Akron area deer slaughter in the Summit County Metro Parks, SHARK (Showing Animals Respect & Kindness) President Steve Hindi received a call from a concerned employee of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.  The employee stated that the airport plans to kill numerous deer living on property destined for runway expansion.

Yesterday, Hindi visited the airport area with the employee.

Hindi then called Airport Commissioner Fred Szabo and suggested that the deer could be easily pushed off the property and onto adjacent Metro Parks property.  All that is required are some volunteers and a couple days.

SHARK offered to supply volunteers, or they could likely be found within the ranks of the airport employees, according to the airport employee working with SHARK.

Calls to the following authorities went out: John Mok / Airport Director, Fred Szabo / Airport Commissioner, Andy Montoney / State Director of Wildlife Services and Mayor Jane Campbell.  As usual, everyone wanted to point to someone else, but ultimately, the consensus was that Airport Commissioner Fred Szabo is where the buck stops and sadly ... probably the does as well.

When asked to consider simply allowing caring people to move the animals across a road to Metro Parks property, Commissioner Szabo told Steve, "It is now up to the USDA.  I will do whatever they decide."  Unfortunately, the USDA does not make decisions in the best interests of animals.

The USDA has a long established history of ignoring animal abuse and also employs people to mass kill animals.

"The USDA considers all animals to be either a burden or an exploitable resource, and the USDA will not hesitate to eliminate these 20+ innocent and beautiful white-tailed deer," says SHARK president Steve Hindi.  "So far, our experiences in Ohio show the authorities to be as kill-happy as any we have found around the country."

For more information on SHARK, please visit www.sharkonline.org  

Please contact the following individuals, and urge them to allow SHARK to help humanely relocate the deer.  Please also let us know of their responses - Thanks!

Fred Szabo, Airport Commissioner
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
5300 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44135
Phone:  216-265-6100
fszabo@clevelandairport.com  

John Mok, Airport Director
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
5300 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44135
Phone:  (216) 265-6022
jmok@clevelandairport.com  

Andrew J. Montoney, Ohio Wildlife Services State Director
United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
6929 Americana Parkway
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-4116
Phone:  614-892-2514 and/or 419-625-9093
Fax:  614-892-2519
andrew.j.montoney@aphis.usda.gov  

and

Mayor Jane Campbell
Cleveland City Hall
Mayor's Office
601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 202
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Phone:  216-664-2900 and/or  216-664-2220
mayorsactioncenter@city.cleveland.oh.us
  and/or Mayorcampbell@city.cleveland.oh.us  

*Deer photo by Frank L. Hoffman www.all-creatures.org

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