Target: Weston Board of Selectmen Michael Harrity and Douglas Gillespie
Goal: To prevent future bow-hunts in the town of Weston, Massachusetts in favor of non-lethal population control methods
A bow hunt is underway in the bucolic town of Weston, Massachusetts. The bow hunt, which began on October 15, 2012 and will continue through December 31, 2012 was approved by selectmen members in an effort to control the town’s large deer population. Please make your voice heard and let the selectmen know that you object to this bow hunt. Public objection could help ensure that future hunts do not happen.
Bow hunting is not a humane method of population control. Some deer are only injured by the shot and run off, only to suffer for days before ultimately dying of infection. Others who receive a lethal shot may suffer for several minutes before being rendered unconscious. This is undoubtedly both painful and distressing to the deer.
Alternative non-lethal population control methods are available and include birth control such as immunocontraception, which is the most common method of inducing infertility in deer. In Defense of Animals, an internationally recognized and respected animal advocacy non-profit group, even offered to advise the town of Weston on implementing non-lethal methods to help ameliorate the problem.
By signing the petition below you are expressing your outrage, in hopes of contributing to the prevention of future hunts.
Dear Selectman Harrity and Selectman Gillespie,
Please consider alternative non-lethal methods of controlling the deer population in Weston.
Bow hunting is an extremely inhumane and unnecessary method of managing deer populations as other non-lethal methods such as birth control exist. The internationally-recognized animal advocacy organization, In Defense of Animals, even offered the Town of Weston its assistance and advice with respect to implementing non-lethal methods.
You are urged to halt the bow hunt or, at the very least, take non-lethal measures in the event the deer population must be controlled in the future.
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