LETTER: Deer cull program inhumane

Grand Fork's deer cull program an inhumane method denounced by the Humane Society

Editor:

Cranbrook has just completed their “groundbreaking” deer cull program, modelled after the Helena, Montana’s ongoing clovertrap/boltgun killing of its urban deer, and this method will be repeated in Kimberley, Invermere, and many municipalities in B.C. if there is no public outcry.

This cruel, inhumane killing method is denounced by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and respected wildlife scientists and veterinarians in the U.S. The HSUS has stated: “The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) points to those few contexts where penetrating bolt guns can provide euthanasia . . . as being in slaughterhouses . . .

“These conditions cannot be met in field settings with free-ranging deer…We cannot condone this procedure as humane.”

For information on this deplorable method, go to netandboltcruelty.net.

If you live in Cranbrook, Kimberley, Invermere, or any other community that is considering implementing this systematic slaughter, and you have even a shred of compassion for wildlife, speak up.

The local government of Helena, Montana has nothing to be proud of for its “loathsome slaughterhouse killing” method, and it debases every municipality in this province to follow suit.

Every deer problem we have can be rationally, humanely solved with non-lethal solutions – not a bullet or a boltgun.

Let our governments on every level know that we are sick of the war on wildlife.

S. Carroll, Victoria, B.C.