PETA to East Hampton: Kill Your Bowhunting Plan

Supervisor says it's another example of interest groups trying to engineer global governance.

The largest animal rights organization has its sights set on East Hampton.

Following a draft proposal to allow bowhunting to reduce deer populations in the town," People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent out a mass email to its supporters, urging them to write the town board members to abandon the plan.

"Bowhunting is among the cruelest forms of hunting," the email, signed by Jodi Minion, a wildlife biologist with PETA. "Bowhunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer. Many are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful as it can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries. Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration."

PETA suggested sending "polite comments" to Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and the rest of the town board.

The group goes on to share tips for deer control, which include installing deer fences, reducing food sources, and having residents employ scare tactics such as motion detector-triggered lights/sprinklers, effigies of coyotes, and outdoor radios.

Councilman Dominick Stanzione presented a five-year deer management plan that would survey the current deer herd and allow interim increases of hunting across public and private land, while also developing non-lethal deer management methodologies, on April 30. The recommendations came from the research of a Deer Management Working Group, composed of both wildlife and hunting advocates.

Among the committee's recommendations were exploring opening additional co-owned land to bowhunting during the 2012 deer season, open the January firearms season to non-residents, facilitate nuisance permits for residential properties, apply for nuisance permits on town-owned land (while also sending more venison to local food pantires), and contract with a professional deer removal organization.

Asked to respond to PETA's message, Wilkinson said: "In this internet age, I think I have to adjust to an overall depersonalization of government. Grass roots government has a history of hearing from local constituents on whether they favor or disfavor an issue. We saw that stray, to some degree, when only 10 percent of the signatures were from Montauk."

He continued, "Now we see with the deer issue, it is not, once again, about us governing our backyards; it’s about interest groups engineering global governance."

Preliator May 16, 2012 at 12:57 AM
There is nothing wrong with hunting, we have done it for thousands of years. If you don't like it, don't do it and if you think it is cruel then you should be equally aghast at eating any meat product. This is why this country is turning into a hollow weak shell of its former self, to many nanny's telling every one else what to do, when to do it and how to do it.
Gail Simons May 16, 2012 at 01:36 PM
This particular argument is about humane vs. inhumane treatment. The Humane Society isn't against "killing", it is against anything inhumane. I used to be a strong supporter of PETA, but felt they lost a lot of their credit by being as zealous as they are. My family is now long standing supporters of the Humane Society because of their much more "middle of the road" approach. I don't expect anyone to become vegetarian if they choose not to. There are humane ways to go about it. If the birth control options had been implemented years ago ,when we first began talking about it ,then the results would already be evident now . The human population and human ego are what is out of control - habitat has been severely narrowed and wildlife are forced into smaller and smaller areas. Deer fencing is a sin - it forces deer into roads. Bow hunting is a particularly barbaric practice and not at all necessary.
Gail Simons May 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Bill, you're either joking, or a complete moron. Coyote have never lived on long island and don't kill adult deer. Aside from that, "deer love suburbia"? What have you been smoking???
Jakeo May 17, 2012 at 08:26 PM
There are no natural predators of deer on Long Island, other than human beings. Coyotes are common elsewhere in New York State and will take adult deer and fawns. As for deer doing very well in suburbia; just look around.
Springs Resident July 05, 2012 at 11:31 AM
What about the turtles? As we have seen our surrounding neighbors add deer fence after deer fence the turtle traffic in our neighbor has dropped but the deer are running out of space, time to relocate them "to a farm upstate". I'd rather see the deer be removed instead of the turtles. !! Maybe we can put all the deer in the Springs Dog park? :-)


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