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The Cruel Reality of Trapping, Netting and Lethal Harvesting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa Ferguson   

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), an Illinois-based non-profit founded in 1993, posted a video that demonstrates the violence and cruelty of rocket netting, as well as the importance of using undercover cameras to expose such cruelty.

Background: In 1992, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District began a lethal deer removal program. The two methods used to kill the deer were sharpshooting, and the use of rocket-nets combined with a captive bolt guns.

While SHARK is opposed to any killing, recommending the deer either be left alone or if need be controlled with a contraceptive program, they were most vocally opposed to the rocket-net/captive bolt method, for reasons that will become obvious in the video referenced below. After years of fruitless discussions, the rocket-net/captive bolt slaughter ended abruptly the day the video footage was released. The video images and audio of panicking, crying deer simply left no room for doubt about the cruelty involved.

Click to watch video, but BE WARNED, the content is graphic and violent.

Project in Motion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robin   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 17:47

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), "white-tailed deer are an important natural resource and a part of Texas’ natural heritage."

Some people want to eradicate this natural resource.

However, some of us who live in the 78731 zip code of Austin, Texas, enjoy our wild neighbors. We view our opposition to "lethal harvesting," aka deer-killng, quite basically as an animal rights issue, a property rights issue and a taxpayer issue.

Everyone has some standard for when it is okay to kill an animal. For many people, if not most, eating flowers does NOT meet the standard.

Second, we think living among the deer adds to the character and value of our neighborhood. We have a right to that.

Finally, if some folks want to trap and kill the deer, let them do it in their own yards and use their own money for it. Don't use my money. Don't use our money.

We welcome all visitors and supporters. Feel free to add comments and suggestions about links and resources to add to the site. This is a project in motion.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 November 2010 03:18
Gardeners have choices for deer-resistant screen plants. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 16:54

(From the Austin American-Statesman, 10/30/10)

I need an evergreen privacy screen. I live in southern Travis County and have a 450-foot property line that has a view to about 10 to 12 neighbors' backyards. I need something that won't be nibbled by the deer that come through most nights, and drought tolerant or minimal watering would be perfect. Last year I planted a couple dozen Leyland cypress trees, and only one survived last summer's drought, followed by the cold winter.

What to plant? Learn More...

Last Updated on Friday, 19 November 2010 14:16

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