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."

Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
On Facebook, Linda Ouderkirk-Rempe said: I am all for it if done in a professional humane way. Something needs to be done about the deer population on the East End of L.I. The human population has encroached on their natural habitat. Unfortunately the deer , turtles and many other species have payed the price.
Jaguar-Guy May 14, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Great message. Let the people vote on it.
Preliator May 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
The Department of Agriculture considers PETA a terrorist organization and we should listen to them about as much as we listen to Al Qaeda.
Yes Yes May 14, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I hate the deer. They are big wood rats. Kill them all I say.
Gale Fieldman May 14, 2012 at 07:17 PM
This issue has to do with animal cruelty and not Peta's politics. Bow hunting leaves too many wounded and dying animals and is unnecessary. If hunting deer is required do it expeditiously and humanely by skilled people and not by gamesmen. People who hate deer and other wildlife should be in a condo someplace surrounded by cement.
transplanted Bub May 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Did I miss something? Is Stanziones plan calling for allowing deer hunting via bow during different times of year than the seasons the DEC have set up? I can't seem to find that online anywhere. assuming that his plan calls for abiding by existing DEC season, consider the following- From the article- "Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration." Uhhhmmm, so I'm assuming PETA was referencing killing a mother deer(doe), and the "young and weak animals" are their fawns/young-of-the-year. So how then, does killing the mother cause the fawns to die of hunger/starvation? After mating, there is a 200 day gestation period, and thus the fawns are born late may/early june. Fawns are then weaned off the mothers milk after about 6 weeks- so let's say that brings us to late July. Bow hunting season in NYS on long island opens October 1st. The fawns are weaned off the mother appx July 15th. Uhm, does PETA operate by a different calendar than the rest of the world, or are we somewhere missing 45 days somewhere??!?! Preying on peoples emotions by relating hunting to killing mothers and starving their young is weak, but not even checking basic facts- c'mon!
local May 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM
why do hunters always get the bad rap? They are not all over preaching about hunting around every corner like all the animal rights people do. They keep to themselves like everyone should do. Let hunters hunt if you don't stay out of it.If you are serious about saving the deer remove your home and deer fences replace with natural vegitation.You took their home give it back to them. Deer hunters don't have huge homes with deer fences.
Starfishgirl May 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I support PETA's anti-cruelty message. I do not support terror.
Starfishgirl May 15, 2012 at 01:06 AM
You are arguing for killing Bambi's mother.
Starfishgirl May 15, 2012 at 01:20 AM
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_for_the_Ethical_Treatment_of_Animals PETA does not engage in terror. Get your facts straight folks.
Starfishgirl May 15, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Gail Simons May 15, 2012 at 02:02 AM
The human population is out of control. Deer FENCING is out of control. Take away their habitat and make thier living spaces smaller and of course it will seem like there are more of them. The damned deer fencing has got to - it forces them into public areas. Bow hunting is horrendous and inhumane. Take away their habitat, force them into public areas, blaim it all on them and then torture them. People suck. How would you like to get shot with an arrow? I support PETA.
Gail Simons May 15, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Then don't live in the country. Go live in the concrete jungle where you can be protected from the wild life.
Gail Simons May 15, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Deer hunters don't have huge homes with deer fences? What??? So they're not the problem but their heros by solution? Deer hunters like to kill things. Plain and simple. Hunters today are not hunting to feed their families - their guns and bows cost more than a poor person can afford. Crock of shit. It's all about testosterone and male bonding. They're looking for trophies...
Gail Simons May 15, 2012 at 02:09 AM
PJ Delia May 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I can't believe East Hampton would espouse such a bloody and cruel program. What's next? Fox Hunting? BTW, people spread the lyme ticks and birds and mice spread it more than deer. It's just easier to talk about deer control. and more fun for people who like to kill things.
Nick Cafiero May 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Where was PETA when this happened ????? "Trappers euthanized nine foxes last week after catching them in Robert Moses State Park, a breeding ground for the threatened piping plover." Wildlife officials blamed the foxes trapped near Democrat Point for a precipitous drop in the number of nesting plover pairs in the park, said Ronald Foley, Long Island regional director of the state parks department.
Bonac Refugee May 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Gail If you support PETA I swuggest you read their website.This is a quote direct from their site on fishing. "Fish Feel Pain When fish are yanked from the water, they begin to suffocate. Their gills often collapse, and their swim bladders can rupture because of the sudden change in pressure. Numerous scientific reports from around the world confirm that fish feel pain. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow studied the pain receptors in fish and found that they were strikingly similar to those of mammals; the researchers concluded that "fish do have the capacity for pain perception and suffering." Is your husband not a commercial fisherman!!!Bit of a hypocryte no!!!!
jackie lowey May 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Putting aside for a moment the issue of what is the appropriate and most humane method for culling the EH deer population, the undisputable fact is that the deer population is out of control and is fundamentally and detrimentally altering the flora and fauna of EH -- which is the native habitat relied upon by other, smaller (and no less important animals and birds). The natural system of predation is out of whack -- so when one says leave the deer alone, one is arguing for one species of animal at the expense of others. Big critters may pull at your heartstrings-- but they are no more important to a healthy ecosystem than all of the smaller ones who rely on the habitat which is being decimated by the deer over-forgaging. And i'm not even going to make the case re: Lyme disease, car/deer accidents, and destroyed property. We all know it.
Gail Simons May 15, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Actually, BR, he gave up inhumane practices of dragging. He has a sustainable shellfish farm. Nothing is harmed, no by-catch, no killing inhumanely. Why? Because he saw the light...
Gail Simons May 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
AND, I didn't say I was particularly supportive of everything about PETA. I support THIS. Anything inhumane SUCKS. Bow hunting is inhumane.
Gail Simons May 15, 2012 at 02:41 PM
So, NO, not hypocrite. AT ALL.
amagansett voter May 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Lets vote on it...once and for all...silence the fringe groups...let the people decide what to do with the deer...cull them or feed them.
Jakeo May 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
My guess is that far more deer (and other animals) are killed by cars than by hunters. Is PETA willing to give up their cars? If PETA supporters drive cars, might they be hypocrites? Humans have improved habitat for deer; we have not taken their habitat. Allowing high populations of deer to overbrowse and damage our forests, run out of food and starve, or be hit by cars, is more cruel than hunting.
Jakeo May 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hunting, by the way, is perfectly natural and a part of life. Killing deer by hitting them with cars is not.
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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