Officials in Ocean Township, New Jersey, are reportedly considering bowhunting—one of the cruelest forms of killing—to reduce the local deer population.
Bowhunters routinely spend hours tracking the blood trails of the animals they’ve wounded, and they never find many of their victims, meaning that the animals die slowly and in agony. Families are torn apart, and orphaned young are left to starve. Reports are not uncommon of wounded deer wandering around neighborhoods with arrows protruding from their bodies or careening wildly onto busy roadways.
Killing also backfires, because the resultant spike in the food supply prompts accelerated breeding among the survivors and inevitably attracts newcomers, causing populations to increase. PETA has apprised officials of the futility, dangers, and cruelty of this approach—now it’s your turn.
Please politely ask Ocean Township officials to scrap killing for humane control methods—then forward this alert to everyone you know.
The Honorable Christopher Siciliano
Interim Township Manager
Please also e-mail the members of the Ocean Township Council by pasting the following block of addresses into the “To” field of your e-mail message:
[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]oceantwp.org