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Deer cull? Why not kill everything?

December 11, 2011

I was recently made aware of of a sickening and horrifying practice of killing deer in British Columbia and Montana. The town of Cranbrook, B.C. has implemented clover traps baited with food to trap deer – which they then kill. With a bolt gun.

Before the trapper pulls out the gun, he collapses the trap, which is a mesh net, so the deer is trapped, struggling and flailing around. The trapper aims to shoot the bolt through the brain, but he often misses because the deer cannot be restrained. So he keeps shooting until he eventually puts the deer out of its misery. (By the way, a bolt gun is the same weapon used to kill cows in factory farms.)

Numerous groups have spoken out against this practice including The Humane Society in the United States and the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights. Other towns in B.C. are considering implementing the practice.

English: A white-tailed deer

Leave him alone. Image via Wikipedia

I don’t know how much more stupidity and arrogance I can handle from political groups and people in general. Culling will never solve overpopulation. Every five to ten years I hear the same issue about too many deer, or too many something. I seem to remember a few years back they decided the black tail deer populations were suffering so they were going to cull cougars. So which one is it? Do you want the deer or not?!

The reason so many municipalities in Canada and the United States are dealing with overpopulation and displaced wildlife is because humans have taken away animals’ habitat and natural predators. Remember grade school science when they teach you about food webs and animal kingdoms? I do. Take one species out of the picture and the whole thing eventually falls apart. It’s pretty straight forward.

Humans and wildlife can coexist. People did it for hundreds of years before we started clear-cutting forests and over-hunting. It’s not that difficult to leave natural wildlife corridors for animals to continue to roam so they stay out of backyards. And if you’re so scared of cougars, bears and wolves, stay out of the woods. So long as they have enough to eat and their territory isn’t disturbed they will leave you alone. Sometimes accidents happen and a wild animal will attack a person or a pet. Well, accidents happen. Quite often, sometimes. Like on roads. With vehicles. Maybe we should kill all the cars.

There are several petitions out against deer culling including this one to the Union of BC Municipalities and the Minister of the Environment. I hope others will speak out against this horrific and shameful practice.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2011 12:34 pm

    As an artist I am always looking to see how things fit together to create harmonious compositions. Maybe with enough awareness & public out cry, we can get politicians to start thinking about creating harmony & correcting their sorely imbalances work.

    • December 11, 2011 7:15 pm

      I think that’s all we can do. We have to hold those in public office accountable for their actions and refuse to allow special interest groups and greedy people steer the way we treat each other and everything around us.

  2. Devon permalink
    December 11, 2011 3:26 pm

    Yes can we please kill all the cars and just ride bikes everywhere? I dream of a small Utopian town where everyone rides bikes and drops their cartons of milk on the road when coming home from the market. Because hey, balancing groceries is hard.

    I don’t feel like culling deer is necessary, I’d much rather we designate a piece of land to the deer…and when populations get too high throw in some cougars and let human controlled nature take its course. (is that awful? I’m not trying to be awful.)

    However, I would really like if the atomic bomb pooping seagulls in downtown Victoria could be culled, because I hate them with a passion. Welcome to Victoria, we’re covered in bird shit and you will be too!

    • December 11, 2011 7:21 pm

      If we left deer, cougars, etc. to their own devices nature wouldn’t have to be controlled by people. For me, that’s the root of the problem; humanity tries to control and dominate everything instead of coexisting.

      Maybe the seagulls are trying to drive humans out of Victoria, one shit bomb at a time.

      I would ride a bike with a wagon for my milk. But only milk. No bread, cheese puffs or pickles allowed. Those are the four main food groups by the way.

  3. January 26, 2012 6:01 pm

    I am looking for people who oppose these deer culls. There is one brewing at Binghamton University in New York. It has been postponed but it will raise its ugly head once more

    • January 27, 2012 2:21 pm

      I just looked at a couple articles about the deer cull at Binghamton U. It sounds ridiculous. Glad to hear it’s been called off for now. Have alternatives been put forward to the university?

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