Lilly the Deer: Save her from being removed from her family
  • Petitioned DNR Genesee County

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DNR GENESEE COUNTY, MI
DNR Genesee County

Lilly the Deer: Save her from being removed from her family

    1. Hollie Cameron
    2. Petition by

      Hollie Cameron

      Brechin, United Kingdom

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June 2013

Victory

From petition creator: The family were allowed to keep Lilly the Deer. The DNR reversed their original decision to put Lilly into Detroit Zoo. I have no doubt that this petition helped largely towards a victory in this situation.

Five years ago in Genesee County, MI a female deer was hit by a car outside of a couple's home.  The deer then went into labour suddenly and produced twins, one of which died at the road side, the other in rough shape.  The couple were unsure of what to do with the near dead other baby so called the police.  Once they arrived, the couple asked if they could try to save the fawn.  The police officer responded that the fawn probably wouldn't last fifteen minutes, but to give it a try.

Lilly turned five last week.  Neighhours in the area have no problem with the couple keeping this deer, however when a neighbour's guest came over and saw her, they called "The Michigan Department of Natural Resources. (DNR)"

The couple themselves called The DNR afterwards and were told that it is illegal to take a fawn into your home and raise it as a pet.  With this information it now looks as though Lilly has only two choices; rehabilitation into the wild or she will have to be put down.  Both of which are no good to her, as she has been domesticated from birth and has never been around her own kind.

The deer has caused no harm to anyone, it seems happy enough and the couple are devastated, claiming it would be like losing a child.

I do not know this family, but I do know that the options given by The DNR seem unreasonable and inhumane.  Please sign this petition in the hopes that it will help them in their case.

Here are two links where you can read more about the story and see the pictures and videos:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2335315/It-like-losing-child-Michigan-couple-fights-pet-deer-save-certain-death-years-ago.html

http://www.wnem.com/story/22472030/dnr-threatens-to-remove-familys-pet-deer

There is also a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lilly-the-Deer/132582516943531

Thank you,

Hollie 

"Sometimes love should be enough."

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision Reversed, Lilly Gets To Stay

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      The previous decision to send Lilly to a zoo has been reversed! She will now get to stay with the family!

      http://www.wnem.com/story/22671723/dnr-allows-domesticated-deer-to-remain-with-familyShare

    2. Email sent to the governor and the family's lawyer

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      I have sent two emails to the family's lawyer (his email address is [email protected]) and to the governor of Michigan. The emails I sent were both to inform them of the petition, but also to let them see just how many people care about Lilly and the decision surrounding her welfare. I really hope to hear back from the governor at least. I had said previously that I did not think the governor would get back to me since I am not from Michigan, but with so many people signing this petition from all over the world, I live in hope that he will see the bigger picture.

      Thank you all for your support.
      Hollie

    3. The Email I sent Earlier To Everyone

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone,

      I just wanted to let you know that I am grateful for all of your feedback regarding the message I sent to you all earlier. It was not a decision I took lightly. I have thought about it more and after hearing more stories from others am extremely glad I am no longer promoting a certain page which was supposed to be for helping Lilly. It seems odd that the fundraising closed on Friday and that the admin has not posted anything since Friday. The "posts by others" feature has also been turned off.

      I am sending the petition to Rick Synder over the weekend. Although I am not a U.S. citizen I hope that he will see it and the signatures from people all over the world against the decision to put Lilly into Detroit Zoo.

      As of today (14/06/2013), Still no response from The DNR (6 days after I sent the email). Their ignorance only fuels this petition and the strength of everyone behind it.

      Please continue to share, this is not over yet.

      Hollie

    4. Reached 15,000 signatures
    5. Supporters

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      I am so glad I started this petition, knowing that there are so many other people who feel as strongly as I do about this case. I am currently being inundated with your messages right now, but I will try my very best to respond to each and every one of you! We cannot give up the fight for Lilly! I noticed that some people on the Facebook pages have now given up and are happy that Lilly with be in a zoo if the current decision stands. I am not one of those people and I hope none of you are either! This petition was created for the purpose of keeping Lilly with her family and that is still the ultimate goal!

      Many of you have sent me links to get in touch with the governer, however I live in the UK and am Scottish, so unfortunately they will not take my own opinion into consideration. However, I urge all of you who are not from the United States, to type an email to The DNR. I will post all links in my next message. Thanks again to all of you.

      Hollie

    6. Reached 12,500 signatures
    7. Email Part 3

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      I set-up that petition because this is a case like no other. I am not some hippy, vegetarian who supports people taking in wild animals and raising them pets. I am a meat eater and I truly believe that people should abide by the rules of the law. However, when people don't know some parts of the law and some police officers don't know either, there should be a loophole. That police officer should be held accountable for the family keeping Lilly and raising her. Clearly he or she did not know the law either.

      I urge you to re-think this decision about Lilly and let her stay with this family. She will never survive in a zoo, and what's more it will be a broken heart she will die from. Deer build bonds with man just like a dog does.

      Have a heart.

      Yours Faithfully,

      Hollie Cameron

      P.S. This is the link to my petition. Perhaps you should think about the bigger picture and not "one law serves all cases" rule.

    8. Email Part 2

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      You recognize that this is a unique case, that the deer has never been in the wild, never been around her own kind, never known anyone else in her life apart from the people who have brought her up. They followed the rules of what they knew when they found those two fawns on the side of the road. They called the police, they asked if they would be able to try and save Lilly's life. That police officer gave them permission to try.

      It is disgusting that you would find it more acceptable for them to cut up that deer and eat it, than it would be to keep it as a common household pet, which is so clearly is. You have seen the videos, you have seen the pictures and yet, you still think that this deer should be removed. It's cold hearted, idiocy for you to intervene the way you have and tell them that they have to give up an animal who is now a member of their family.

    9. Email Part 1.

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      I have been following the story on Lilly the Deer since Tuesday when I first read about it here in the UK. I have read all articles I could, as well as researching your website to find out as much as I could about the current laws. After a little research, I decided that this is a unique case and does not apply to the laws stated on your website.

      I began a petition on Tuesday to help try and stop you from removing her from the family she is obviously so very happy with. That petition has gathered 9,235 signatures. It does not take a genius to workout out the maths of how many signatures that is per day. The number of signatures is still steadily continuing to rise. I am confident that we will have 10,000 by the time this weekend is out. I am sure you are already aware of this petition. What I am struggling to comprehend, is how you can go ahead with your original decision of removing the deer from the family.

    10. Decision Being Taken To Remove Lilly

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      Hi guys, I am sure you all received my email informing you that The DNR have taken the decision to remove Lilly. I just wanted you all to know aboujt the email that I sent to The DNR straight afterwards. I urge you all to continue the fight for Lilly's safety and email The DNR too!

      Please see my email above....

    11. Reached 9,000 signatures
    12. The Petition Is Mentioned On MLive!

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      This petition has been specifically mentioned on mlive! At the time of print there were around 6400 signatures, but there are now over 8500! Thank you so much guys. Be aware of the three comments left from people who obviously have not been following this story from the beginning.

      "Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”
      ― Isaac Asimov

      Please see the link: below:http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/06/60000-plus_sign_online_petitio.html#incart_river_default

    13. Reached 8,000 signatures
    14. This Petition Is Mentioned On Yahoo! News!

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      This petition has just been mentioned in Yahoo! News! Thank you so much for signing and getting this petition to the attention of the media! The latest from The DNR is also on this page. Please read it.

      http://news.yahoo.com/lilly-deer-stay-her-human-family-231143786.html

      LILLY HAS NEVER BEEN A WILD ANIMAL! They need to listen. It's disgusting that it would be more acceptable for the couple to kill the deer and grill it than raise it as a pet where it is CLEARLY very happy! They had no idea it was a illegal to raise a deer and neither did the police officer who gave them permission to save Lilly. The police officer should be held accountable for that mistake! Not Lilly, or the couple who took her in!

      Please continue to share this petition! Thank you.

    15. Reached 6,000 signatures
    16. Pet Deer Finds Its Way Home

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      Another uplifting story. Thank you all for your signatures. Please continue to share! http://www.wkrg.com/story/21598569/incredible-journey-pet-deer-makes-50-mile-journey-home

    17. Reached 3,000 signatures
    18. Lilly vs The DNR Continues

      Hollie Cameron
      Petition Organizer

      In the last hour, a story has suffered claiming that The DNR are refusing to back down. Please see the link. We need to continue to increase the signatures on this petition as quickly as possible, so that I can send to The DNR. If enough people are against this, maybe we can make a difference! Keep the hope alive.

      Update! 'Lilly' The Deer vs. DNR The Saga Continues [VIDEO]

      The saga of 'Lilly' the deer vs. the DNR appears to be heating up.The latest twist to the story that we posted yesterday is that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources isn't backing down from its threat to remove Lilly the deer from her family.

    19. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • patty struble RIVERDALE, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      this is important because we are this a cruel thing to the beloved pet and her caretakers and family

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    • First NameLinda Getz HAZLETON, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      How cld any one takean animal away from the ppl that raised her...this is her family ..r they or she hurting anyone I think not . PPL r so ignorant of animals an their feeling..Pls keep her w her neurturing family ♥

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    • Donna Belitsos LYNN, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      Lilly the deer is free to stay with her FaMily! It was on the News today! Please visit LILLY the Deer on Face Book, come see the photos, thanks for Everyone's support.

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    • cecilia rolfe FAIR OAKS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      you don't a child of any kind away from its home it should only be done if it is a threat/hazard to the family or people around it

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    • Danielle Faria ATTICA, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      It's not right to take a harmless domestic pet, whatever it may be, away from a loving family who is taking care of her just fine with no disturbances. This is now family, not a stray deer.

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