Dear deer activists of the US:
How've you been since our last event?
Since then, I've acquired a brand new passion - deer. I knew nothing
about it when I started my last tour (the 4th Compassion for Animals
Road Expedition or CARE-4), but once I hit Ohio, I was blown away by the
carnage in urbania and suburbanian in terms of deer culling, by means of
bow hunting and captive-bolting, the cruelty of which makes the third
method - sharpshooting - seem downright humane, which of course it is
And now, within just the few months, the killing is spreading across
the land like wildlife, especially from the US NE due west and
southwest. For the first time, for example, deer shooting was conducted
on the campus of an American university - the U of Iowa.
The following excerpt is from an article from the media of Toledo,
"The state agency estimates more than double the number of deer are
in the southern half of the lower peninsula - 868,000 - than there are
in all of Michigan's upper peninsula.
"While that's good news for local hunters, it's left state wildlife
officials wondering how best to cull the southern herd down by about
300,000 while keeping the rest of the state's deer population at or near
"Officials from the Michigan DNR have planned a series of meetings
next month to collect comments from the public before establishing new
deer-population goals. The meetings will be conducted in each of the
eight Wildlife Management units in Michigan, including the southeast
unit, which includes Monroe County, and the south-central unit, which
includes Lenawee and Hillsdale counties."
Obvious, it is a big issue in southern Michigan, and should affect
most if not all of the southern-Michigan cities. And future public
meeting will certainly be coming forth. The public should know what they
are talking about when they show up to speak, if they do, and if they
don't, it would be due to a lack of awareness of the problem and/or an
absence of a non-lethal solution in their minds. And Michigan is not the
only state with emerging deer problems met with the primitive lethal
We would like to stop the trend, then reverse it. My own contribution
1. to create a website for the deer (see
www.DeerOptions.com and the
deer section of www.HOPE-CARE.org) featuring a comprehensive Integrated
Non-Violent Human-Deer Co-Existence Strategy,
2. create a new humane deer relocation technology called the Deer
Auto-Conveyor (DAC), and
3. do a CARE-5 Deer Tour through the states with deer problems and
So far that I've seen, the voters of a states or city are resigned to
the lethal methods because they do not have a vision of their own that
could displace them. The Integrated Non-Violent Human Deer Co-Existence
Strategy is my vision, which I would like to share with the people of
Through the dedicated organizing effort of Lane Ferrante of Ohio, she
has inadvertently begun to form what has now been named the US Wildlife
Alliance. Originally, I called it the National Deer Alliance. But the
activists in PA, who are hosting events for the Deer Tour, have formed
their local PA Wildlife Alliance, and suggested that I name the national
umbrella body the US Wildlife Alliance, and I have agreed.
Up to this point, I've seen the activists of individual cities each
fighting their own mostly losing battles, without much awareness of what
is happening elsewhere. The U.S. Wildlife Alliance will serve as an
information clearinghouse, a coordinating system, and a support system
for local activists and grassroots groups.
The U.S. Wildlife Alliance, whose main focus at present is deer, have
already acquired member groups in many states, including IL, MD, MT, NJ,
NY, OH and PA, which are organizing local events for the Deer Tour.
Ultimately, we'd like at least one member group in every state.
Optimally, in any city or any state, I'd like to do a Deer Seminar (3
hours - lecture + workshop), to present to the public the Integrated
Non-Violent Human-Deer Co-Existence Strategy involving new technologies
such as the Deer Auto-Conveyor (DAC - see deer section of
www.HOPE-CARE.org) that can displace the lethal solutions, regardless of
whether the city has a deer-culling problem yet or not.
Lane will be happy to work with you and help you organize your local
I hope that, in view of deer mass-slaughter being a nation-wide
problem, you will agree that it requires a nation-wide solution. Any
local alliance member with any deer campaign will have the weight of the
US Wildlife Alliance / National Deer Alliance behind it.
I hope to see you again on the CARE-5 Deer Tour.
Deer Tour itinerary:
CA 2007-07-15 -
MT 2007-07-29 (mule deer)
States with White-tailed deer below:
OH 2007-08-24 -
NJ 2007-08-24 -
PA 2007-08-24 -
DE 2007-08-24 -
NY 2007-08-24 -
CT 2007-08-24 -
RI 2007-08-24 -
MA 2007-08-24 -
NH 2007-08-24 -
VT 2007-08-24 -
WV 2007-08-24 -
MD 2007-08-24 -
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