Ask Garden Center to Provide Proper Habitat for Deer

Target: Meder’s Nursery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Goal: Secure a proper habitat, either on-site or at a sanctuary, for three deer owned by the nursery.

Meder’s Nursery, a garden center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, owns three deer which are displayed during the holiday season. For the rest of the year, the deer are reportedly kept in a substandard indoor enclosure where they are at risk of developing aggressive and anxious behaviors. Urge Meder’s Nursery to do right by its deer, either by erecting a proper, spacious enclosure or by transporting them to an animal sanctuary.

The deer at Meder’s are kept in a cramped, windowless room for most of the year. At Christmas time, they are put on display to visitors. As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) points out, deer are prey animals, which makes their exposure to crowds of people all the more intimidating for them. This basic fact, combined with the isolation the deer are subject to the rest of the year, creates an extremely distressing situation for the deer.

PETA also points out that deer confined to small spaces “can become despondent over time and develop abnormal and self-destructive behavior, including pacing, rocking, swaying, bar-biting, and self-mutilation.” According to reports, two of the deer have already starting displaying aggressive behavior toward the third.

There are two possible solutions: Meder’s can transfer the deer to a wildlife sanctuary or it can construct a proper outdoor enclosure that will allow the deer to roam, graze, and interact normally. Please stand up for animals unable to stand up for themselves–sign the petition and urge Meder’s to take immediate steps to improve the lives of its deer.


Dear Meder Family,

It is clear that a family that runs a garden center has a great respect for nature. So why does Meder’s continue to treat its three deer so poorly?

Confined to a small, windowless space, the three deer in Meder’s possession are deprived of the ability to carry out their natural, instinctive activities. As a result, they run a great risk of developing harmful and self-destructive behaviors. Furthermore, months of isolation followed by constant public exposure during the Christmas season create an incredibly distressing situation for animals used to being potential prey for larger predators.

Luckily, there are two potential solutions to this problem. The first is to transfer the deer to a wildlife sanctuary, where they can live their lives as they were meant to. The second is to construct a large outdoor enclosure in which the deer will be free to roam, graze, and interact much more normally. The longer the deer remain confined to a small, substandard habitat, the more of a risk they pose to themselves and to others.

Please do the right thing and take immediate steps to improve the habitat–and the lives–of the deer in your care.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Public Domain Images

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