Target: City of Solon, Ohio
Goal: To stop the cruel and fruitless culling of whitetail deer populations.
The city of Solon, Ohio spends more than $750,000 annually on deer culling, a practice in which about 300 animals are killed in an effort to control the population. Aside from the obvious ethical issues associated with this practice, the reason that deer culling occurs annually is that it is simply not an effective means of population control. Solon itself is a city with large roadways and a high population; however, it is located amid smaller towns and countryside where deer culling does not occur. Because these animals roam, there is, in fact, no way to control their numbers without some sort of reproductive suppressant. Deer also have the biological ability to regenerate themselves under hunted conditions, meaning that doe will often attempt to reproduce in numbers equivalent to that of the community death toll.
Killing innocent animals so that humans can feel more comfortable driving their cars and planting their gardens is a disgrace. Cities that conduct deer culling often attribute the high populations to a “lack of predation” and measure their numbers by square kilometers of inhabitable land. However, the reason that whitetail deer populations are unsustainable is because human beings have taken away their natural predators and have developed to such an extent that there is no longer a natural environment for the deer to live in. To add insult to injury, we murder hundreds of the animals a year and say we do it “for their own good” and so that they “don’t starve.”
The hypocrisy of this practice, of pretending to care about the well being of the deer and of the well-being of their ecosystems, is a convenient cover-up for the fact that deer are inconvenient to humans living in this area. However, that does not justify the killing of hundreds of animals a year. Sign this petition and tell the city of Solon, Ohio to stop the cruel and ineffective culling of local whitetail deer.
To the City of Solon,
Deer culling has proven itself to be an inhumane and ineffective method of dealing with whitetail deer populations and must be stopped. Each year the city spends exorbitant amounts of money on the killing of these innocent animals, and each year the population remains constant. While deer certainly are an inconvenience, maybe even a danger to us as human beings, it is not our role to systematically murder animals that, like us, are trying to survive.
There is no justification for saying that managing deer populations is good for the species and the ecosystem. If the city really cared about the ecosystem, it would work to ensure environmental protections of green land that deer can subsist on. We are the reason that these animals have no natural predators, no food to eat, and no land on which to live. Stop culling these poor creatures and find sustainable and ethical ways to coexist with the whitetail deer population.
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