Stop Bow Hunting of Deer in Weston, Massachusetts

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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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. There are always those who want to implement sadistic measures for issues that are otherwise solvable.

  2. This petition simply baffles me. I understand why some people would take offense to “bambi” killers as you would sometimes call hunters but there are legitimate reasons why hunting is in place and why it’s been in place for years. Controlling the deer herd reduces starvation of the heard, reduces the transported tick disease Lyme, reduces coyote population in rural areas (which also feed on small domestic animals and have been known to attack small children in rural back yards), and reduce the devastation of farm lands and crops.
    An alternative method would most likely increase taxes due to extra cost of maintaining the heard via non-lethal trapping or darting. These methods require substantial investment of personnel and ongoing management of the herd.
    Bow hunting for example is and has been proven to be the most effective method of controlling deer herds in rural neighborhoods. I completely contest the argument stating:
    “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.”
    Shooting a deer with an arrow very rarely results in a deer only injured and suffering. Over 90% of deer shot with an arrow pass within minutes of the shot. That’s the point of bow hunting, you have to be very close to the deer to actually shoot them with an arrow thus resulting in a quick and effective method of control. My argument to the above statement is the deer are going to die regardless of whether they are hunted or not. In towns like Weston, their passing would be most likely be caused by car accidents or starvation once the herd grows past the sustainable size.
    There will always be arguments why hunting should not be permitted and why it should. The majority of these arguments are of opinion rather than facts or legitimate cause. This petition is clearly written of opinion as is this reply but if you the reader are truly interested in this, I would encourage you to study some facts on wildlife conservation and hunting vs. the opposition. A good start would be the MassWildlife site at: http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/ where you can educate yourself on conservation throughout the state of Massachusetts.

    • Good God D Miller, who is the one who needs to be educated. Thank you for letting everyone see inside the mind of a hunter. You don’t even realize how ridiculous you sound. Stop embarrassing yourself.

      • Everything D. Miller said was true. Thank him and others like him for another day that you do not have a deer come crashing through your car windshield at 60 MPH.

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