SAVE ROCKVILLE's DEER FROM BEING HUNTED!
  • Petitioned Mayor and Council of Rockville, MD

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Mayor and Council of Rockville, MD

SAVE ROCKVILLE's DEER FROM BEING HUNTED!

    1. Carol E McCormick
    2. Petition by

      Carol E McCormick

      Rockville, MD

The Mayor and Council of the City of Rockville is meeting on Oct. 24 now, not 9/12, to put the approval or denial on the Deer Task Force Report which was written by hunters. At the meeting on July 11, the mayor and council first heard from the Task Force about their findings. The Task Force has been meeting for over a year to prepare their report.

The public is to comment on the Task Force written report. But this is terribly misleading. If you watch the videotape of the meeting of July 11, you will see that alternatives were hardly discussed. A hunt got the most attention. Most people don't know where to find this video or even that there is one; nor do they have the time to listen to the lengthy meeting.
Most of the public, unless they have been studying this for over a year like me, have no idea this is going on.
A silly citizen on the task force is worried deer will become violent. He says he threw a basketball at one of them and the deer didn't move--it's because the deer was afraid. There are no incidents in which deer have attacked. In fact when I walk my dogs at night, we always see deer resting next to rabbits.
I live in a prized area of the city because we back up onto a tiny part of protected woods and a stream. We do see deer and other animals on occasion, and we love it. They have not wrecked the appearance of our city or our home as the task force claims. Instead, they have enhanced it.
All of my rescued dogs have learned not to bark at the deer and we have pictures of the deer in every season where they are playing or laying next to one of the dogs.
The public and mayor and council have no idea of what kind of hunt is proposed. People are operating behind back doors so they can hire their friends in a company of professional hunters. Mayor and council and the public have no idea of the costs.
So far at least the 3 male council members have stated, before hearing from the public, that they will vote for a hunt. They have made it difficult for the public to even find information.
The public has until Sept 9 to comment.
So far our wonderful and kind mayor who is worried about the deer and how citizens especially children would be affected by the hunt, has had the courage to stand up for the deer; and to insist the Task Force provide more information, which they haven't. One of the male council members who is the most vocal for the hunt is running for mayor against her and tries to bully everyone.
The council members for the hunt have decided that they don't believe scientific facts for instance that deer really don't cause Lyme Disease. They refuse to believe information from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization and many expert scientists. They tell me they don't trust scientists!
They refuse to believe wildlife biologists who know that once a species loses numbers through a hunt, other deer will move in; and the existing deer will have more babies next year. Secretly they must like this because they know that one hunt will lead to annual hunts.
There is only one council woman left who will not speak with the public about her opinion. However at the meeting she said she would support it if the meat could be donated to the needy. Someone who supports the hunt jumped up and said of course it can and that hunters always do this. They neglected to tell her that many shelters have had to return deer meat because it is diseased. We do not know what the deer have consumed. And if the hunters use lead bullets, the person consuming the meat will get lead poisoning. How convenient to leave out these details!
Rockville should show the area that we can be the humane leaders and find ways for people who overbuilt the city, and the gentle deer to co-exist. Just because there is hunting in other places around us, doesn't mean it's right.
There are ways to easily protect their gardens, and ways to keep deer off roads. In fact accidents with cars and deer occur most when there is a hunt.
The hunt is such a waste of tax payer dollars that could best be spent on education about how to live with the deer; and on other things Rockville needs. Why can't we know the cost of the hunt?
Why won't these council members reveal their true motives? Is it because they are more worried about their image for the upcoming reelection in November?

Recent signatures

    News

    1. WE WON THANKS TO YOU THE DEER WILL LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      Your voices were counted from all over the world. We first wanted 1,000 signatures and then 1500. We got 1602! Every one was sent to our city government and on 12/12/11 the Mayor and City Council voted against lethal measures so the deer will live. I will never be able to thank you enough from my heart and soul. Stay tuned, we may have future deer developments if they try to turn to birth control, etc. XO

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. meeting before mayor and council to be on Monday 12/12/11 at 7pm

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      please sign up in advance at (240)314-8280 if you wish to speak for the deer. please consider coming to our "occupy Rockville" for peace for the deer and everyone and for transparent government and more just before the meeting at City Hall at 6pm. THANKS

    4. MEETING CANCELLED UNTIL DECEMBER SO KEEP SIGNING

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      The City cancelled the deer meeting from 10/24 until sometime to be announced in Dec., so let's try to reach our goal. I suspect they cancelled since we filed a FOIA. TY.

    5. New publicity for the Rockville Deer

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      Who can come to our event when they will make their decision to kill or save the deer? Rockville, MD City Hall Monday, 10/24 6pm

    6. BOB BARKER SPEAKS OUT FOR THE ROCKVILLE DEER

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      STORY CARRIED EVERYWHERE 8/31 print and television news. Our great mayor was also interviewed. On 9/2 Bob will be speaking up for the deer at 12:30 on The Kojo Nnamdi Show
      ‎"The Kojo Nnamdi Show" airs on WAMU/NPR 88.5 weekdays, noon to 2 pm.

    7. BOB BARKER SPEAKS OUT FOR THE ROCKVILLE DEER 8/31

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      So many places carried Bob's story and letter!!!! Just google it please! Mr. Barker will be on NPR on 9/2 at 12:30 EST

    8. PLEASE NOTE CITY CHANGED DATES

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      The City said they would vote 9/12, but have delayed it til 10/24

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. Let's get more than 1,000 esp. from Rockville/need someone I can pay here

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all those who continue to cross-post, and esp. to Ithaca residents for signing as I would not be as far without Jenny Stein and the lead of cayugadeer.org. WHERE r ROCKVILLE SIGNATURES? U MUST FIND ME SOMEONE I CAN PAY TO COLLECT SIGNATURES

    11. WE NOW HAVE A CHIP IN TO TELL THE PUBLIC ABOUT THIS ISSUE

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      Please contribute what you can.

      BIG NEWS--Mr. Bob Barker has written editorials to the Washington Post, the Rockville Gazette, and has written to our mayor and city council stating there should be no deer hunt.

    12. PLEASE NOTE I DO NOT CHECK MESSAGES HERE SO.....

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE FRIEND ME ON FACEBOOK or write to EndCruelty@aol.com if you have messages/info/questions. THANKS!

    13. JOB **PAY** 2 COLLECT SIGNATURES IN PERSON, ROCKVILLE, MD

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      Willing 2 PAY per eligible signature.Need about 200.I will provide u w/literature if people have questions.U will also get another handout about the upcoming meeting if people R interested.U can wear new deer costume if u want to attract
      attention

    14. PLEASE WRITE TO MAYORCOUNCIL@rockvillemd.gov

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      Just something short. Ask the 3 male council members how they can have the nerve to say they are definitely for the hunt without having heard public opinion. We have until 9/9 to get those letters in. Write anything you wish for the deer. Thanks!

    15. THANK YOU ROCKVILLE GAZETTE

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE TRY TO GET YOUR LETTERS INTO dsimon@gazette.net. Today they published another of my letters to the editor. Last week we made the front page.

      Write to mayorcouncil@rockvillemd.gov--remember we have only until 9/9 to comment to them.

    16. CALL WAMU news(202)885-1233 re:8/11 article/radio report by Elliott Francis

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      Tell them this is misleading at best/does not give all the accurate info.Don't let him get away with saying"white tailed deer are a growing problem.''We have no evidence of numbers of deer; and to us THE DEER R NOT THE PROBLEM!!!!

    17. Reached 750 signatures
    18. Here are sample letters you can send to the editor or do your own

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      KEEP US IN THE NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Find sample letters on this link, or just speak from the heart about how you feel about deer. Or give scientific arguments, just write!

    19. Great numbers! THank you all so very much! Looking for Rockville residents

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      So pleased that you all care about the deer, thanks so much. I hope you can find the time to write even a very short email to the Rockville Gazette at dsimon@gazette.net.
      Less than a week ago we made the front page.Let's see if our letters make it.

    20. Reached 500 signatures
    21. HERE's the facebook link to attend the event on 10/24

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      thank you all <3 Deer have their paws crossed and are counting for their lives, and that of the lives of their children and friends ON YOU

    22. Isn't journalism supposed to be unbalanced?

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      ASK SEAN.SEDAM@PATCH.COM WHY HE REFUSES TO POST ABOUT THIS IN THE PATCH.IS IT BECAUSE HE ENDORSING THE COUNCILMAN MOST PRO THE DEER HUNT, MR JAJEWSKI TO BE MAJOR IN THE NOV. ELECTIONS.OUR CURRENT MAYOR IS RUNNING AGAIN AND IS AGAINST HURTING THE DEER

    23. Still looking for some door to door help by someone in Rockville

      Carol E McCormick
      Petition Organizer

      Need signatures on real life (ie non-internet) petition signed by someone who can go door to door. I cannot as I am disabled.
      Will pay for your time. Contact EndCruelty@aol.com

    24. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dawn Kimball LOXAHATCHEE, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signign because it is the right thing to do.

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    • Jeannie Hernandez FLUSHING, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Leave these poor,beautiful,defenseless,innocent & voiceless animals alone.Humans are greedy & selfish by wanting & taking over more land.Our wildlife is precios & detrimental to our ecosystm.These poor souls are starving & in need of shelter because people are ruining their lands & sources of food.They DO have the right to a peaceful life on this Earth!

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      • almost 3 years ago

      This is OUTRAGEOUS! Deer a menace to humans, I think you have that backwards you stupid idiots! This just sounds like an excuse for a canned hunt, evil bastards, if you would leave the top predators alone, this wouldn't be a problem, ignoramuses!!!!

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      • almost 3 years ago

      This is the reason MyAniMovies released its new video "Please Let This (Deer) War End" playing now on MyAniMovies You Tube channel. Please share this video to help spread the vital message of peaceful coexistence with these peaceful animals.

      www.youtube.com/user/myanimovies

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    • B L VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support this cause. Please also check out my petition to address human trafficking in the province of bc. http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-public-safety-and-solicitor-general-increase-octips-budget-to-750000-annually-and-rehire-robin-pike

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