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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704


Are Deer the Problem, or People?

letter published in NY Times:

Published: August 15, 2004

To the Editor:

Your Aug. 8 editorial "Subduing the Deer" sickened me.

First, I was delighted to read about approaches, such as contraception, that are used around the world. Then, bang, sharpshooters. Lure the deer in to eat and slaughter them! Why? They may ruin our precious gardens! They may have an infected tick on them that will spread Lyme disease! (How about we address the tick in this fashion, not the deer?)

Last but not least, they may run into our cars! Granted, collisions with deer are a serious issue, but since when do we kill the victims of a wreck? Their carnage dots the countryside now - countryside once roamed by them, not us.

This is just an extension of our national appetite for quick fixes and our inhumane treatment of man and animal around the world.

Carol Bouton

Mount Vernon

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