Sent to the editors of the Northeaster (MN) on January
The editors of the Northeaster took a brave stance in
their editorial against the shameless slaughter of the Minneapolis Water
Works deer. In my decade of working in the field of wildlife advocacy, I
have not come across a more wantonly cruel act of violence perpetrated
against a helpless population of animals. Every individual and agency that
had complicity in the slaughter, through action or mere acceptance, needs to
reflect upon the betrayal of the gentle animals who trusted humans. It is a
tragedy that the deer paid with their lives because the weapons industry
holds the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the palm of its
The attack on the deer has been vividly documented and
should haunt those involved forever. Many throughout the country now know
that hunting is really heartless killing. Who can't identify with the panic,
psychological and physical pain that the doe experienced in futilely trying
to protect her fawns.
It is time for the Minneapolis Water Works to make amends
by providing the remaining deer with ample food throughout the winter, until
a plan can be put in place where they can safely be relocated.
We thank the editors of the Northeaster for raising a
defiant voice and joining the opposition of the Water Works Massacre. May
the deer rest in peace.
Joe Miele, Vice President
Wildlife Watch, Inc.
New Paltz, NY 12561