Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Government-Sanctioned Deer Killings in Parks in Pennsylvania Will Again Occur

I think this quote sums up why the argument is incorrect that overpopulation is the reason for the hunt:

"If hunting is so effective, why do they keep having them?" Feldscher questioned.

Also, this is a bow-and-arrow hunt. The obvious cruelty is pointed out in this quote: "To me, that's even worse than the shotgun because it's very hard to get a quick kill, as they call it," she said. "It's the cruelest way to kill deer."


Article:

Animal rights activist perturbed by return of hunts to area parks

http://www.timesherald.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=
17210509&BRD=1672&PAG=461&dept_id=33380&r

By: KELLY DEVINE, Times Herald Staff

09/18/2006

PLYMOUTH - The announcement of more deer hunts at two county parks is again attracting criticism from local animal rights activists.

Gloria Feldscher, who arranged the hunt protests last year, said she plans to demonstrate at every hunt again this year.
"I was sad, but I wasn't surprised," Feldscher said of the news about more hunts this year.

The county recently announced the sixth one-day controlled bow-and-arrow hunt to control whitetail deer at Lorimer Park in Abington on Oct. 30.

A gun hunt is also being planned for the Norristown Farm Park in Norristown, West Norriton and East Norriton later in the season. Last year was the first year hunts were allowed in the farm park, and they took place over three days.

"If hunting is so effective, why do they keep having them?" Feldscher questioned.

"Once you pierce a park with hunting, it just goes on. It's opening this bloody floodgate, and that's it."

Feldscher said she views the bow-and-arrow hunts as especially heinous.

"To me, that's even worse than the shotgun because it's very hard to get a quick kill, as they call it," she said. "It's the cruelest way to kill deer."

According to Feldscher, gunshots can at least be heard unlike the "silent killers" known as bow-and-arrows.

"With a gun, you know it's happening," said Feldscher. "It's dangerous for kids and other animals."

Feldscher said local groups, such as Mobilization for Animals, are likely to attend the protests again this year.

She said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also send out alerts when such events are planned.

"We try to make our presence known. There really isn't too much you can do," Feldscher said.

"When the hunters are going in, we're shouting at them, but that's all we can do."

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