PETA Statement re Montgomery County Deer Kill

For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

General counsel to PETA Jeffrey Kerr released a statement regarding the decision today to allow deer to be cruelly killed with steel arrows in Montgomery County, Md. parks:

We are extremely disappointed by the ruling and deeply saddened about the fate of the deer, who are Montgomery County’s gentle Cecils. The day will come when human beings must recognize that wild animals have a right to live on their ancestral lands and not be forced out and slaughtered simply for living as they have for generations. We’d like to point out that the county’s “management” program appears to be purposely set up to increase the size of deer families each year so as to make more living targets for hunters. Were that not the case, after all these years, the population of deer would have declined, and it has not. PETA believes this act of violence needs to be replaced with a program of chemical sterilizers if the county cannot “live and let live.”

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