Stop Killing Deer/Perpetuating Myth That Killing Deer = Population Control
  • Petitioned William Russo

This petition was delivered to:

Solon City Council
William Russo
Solon City Council
William Mooney
Solon City Council
Richard Bell
Solon City Council
Ed Kraus
Solon Mayor
Susan Drucker
Div. Chief (Fake) Science and Resources
Lisa Petit
Ohio Division of Wild"Death"
Susanna Quintanna
Ohio Division of Wild"Death"
Verdie Abel (Able to Kill)
Ohio Division of Wild"Death"
Kenra Wecker the "Wrecker" of wildlife
Ohio Governor
Ohio State Senate
Ohio State House

Stop Killing Deer/Perpetuating Myth That Killing Deer = Population Control

    1. Lucy McKernan
    2. Petition by

      Lucy McKernan

      Seven Hills, OH

Not just animal rights, but human rights, as Public Trust Doctrine is violated, in that wildlife belongs to everyone, not just special interest hunters; and just Solon Ohio, but numerous others across NE Ohio and Ohio at large, this is a demand that the Ohio Div. of Wild"Death" stop perpetuating myths re: deer population control via lethal methods. On November 8, 2011, The City of Solon Ohio voted on the Deer Preservation Act in favor of killing deer there. In spite of overwhelming science-based evidence that ALL lethal methods result in Compensatory Rebound Effect (CRE) -- whereby fewer deer means less competition for food/overall increase in herd health/fertility (Solon spent $800,000 over four years killing roughly 1,600 deer and they rebounded as predicted by 2010), Solon's Public Works director, a bowhunter himself, and most of council, etc. tried to pass off a pilot bowhunting program which we thwarted last January, only to fight the fight of our lives the past 10 months. The League of Humane Voters Ohio and solondeer.com with the help of two pro bono attorneys got Issue 94 on the ballot, and it failed yesterday; almost 40 percent voted against lethal methods, and Solon's "Comprehensive Management Program" does not incude ANY nonlethal methods. NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP: Please demand that Solon stop killing deer via ANY method, and allow their populations to level off naturally. Don't forget: one of the three kill methods Solon contracted USDA Wildlife Services to administer will be the captive bolt, designed for use ONLY on cows in slaughterhouses [cruel enough], which results in repeated stabbing of terrified deer trapped in cages in an effort to subdue them, but often, deer are hit in the eyes and other parts of the neck and head before the captive bolt finally strikes the forehead; see soondeer.com SHARK video on "lethal" pull down menu to find out the truth about Solon's plans. Solon officials are behaving foolishly. Please demand they stop this barbaric, shorthsighted killing of innocent herbivores. Remember, forty percent of Solonites voted against killing, and that means something. Please sign today. P.S. Even the Ohio Division of Wild"Death" does not deny compensatory rebound effect and, in fact, admits to profiting off keeping a high number of live targets through its refusal to make birth control an option; they also have admitted to a vested interest in profit through urban/suburban hunting propaganda. They, too, will be petitioned. Thank you, and God bless you for signing!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Board of Election Confirms: Ballot Language Changed

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      The anti-hunting petition submitted to the Cuyahoga County Bd. of Elections last year had an explanatory note on the bottom to qualify the "yes" and "no" vote lanuage. Because the ballot language read "yes" means DON'T kill and "no" means DO kill (counterintuitive), voters were confused, so we put the qualifying language @ the bottom. But Bd. of Elections confirmed yesterday: those type of footnotes are eliminated before ballots are printed in final, so we might have won.

    2. League of Humane Voters/Ohio: Solon Death Toll 239 as of 3/8/12

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Please check out the below link for solondeer.com. Thank you for having the courage to read the truth.

    3. City of Charlottsville Refuses to Kill Deer

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Kudos to Charlottsville for choosing the right path!

    4. LOHV Ohio Endorses Subodh Chandra for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      "Ohio citizens have become increasingly frustrated and disappointed that animal cruelty cases are not viewed by the legal system as the serious crimes they are as well as the state's lax enforcement of animal abuse laws. Even if convicted the abusers face little or no punishment or rehabilitation . . . Violence towards animals has been linked . . . to violence against people.

      "It seems to me that acts of animal cruelty are susceptible more than many types of crimes to be deterred--if law enforcement takes, and punishes, such acts more seriously . . . I support the concept of increased penalties, and as prosecutor would, where appropriate under the facts, seek serious consequences for offenders so that the resulting publicity deters future misconduct by others. As you know, the media, particularly television media, report such stories. My hope is that people inclined to engage rly television media, report such stories. My hope is that people inclined to engage in such misconduct."

    5. PROOF: Division of Wildlife Profits Hefty

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      This article is in regards to the W. Va. Div. of Wildlife, but the follwoing quote by game management supervisor Chris Ryan says it all, "“Don’t jeopardize the $200 million economic impact that white tail deer has on the state." Ohio's deer hunting profits exceed W. Va's, serving as proof that they are concerned about profits -- NOT safety, NOT animal rights, NOT the public.

    6. Ohio Div. Wild"Death" officer guilty of fed. charges illegal deer permits

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      WHAT MORE DO PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW OUR STATE WILDLIFE AGENCY IS CORRUPT?
      Former Ohio wildlife officer Allan Wright pled guilty to federal charges accusing him of helping a South Carolina hunter illegally obtain an Ohio deer license at a discount that saved him about $105.

      Wright of Russellville also admitted Friday to improperly disposing of white-tailed deer antlers by giving them to a Michigan game warden who was a friend.

      Wright had seized the nine-point antlers from a hunter who'd shot the deer illegally.

    7. Petition Updated to Ohio Div. of WildDeath Myth Busting

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Lethal population control is a myth. Ohio DIvision of WildDeath perpetuates myth to line pockets; nearly half annual revenue comes from deer hunting. Public Trust Doctine continually violated; wildlife belong to everyone, not just self-serving, conflict-of-interest OH Div. of WildDeath board members all of whom are hunters and/or Pittman-Robertson Act that earns kickbacks from gun and hunting related sales. Ohio public duped by Ohio Div. of WildDeath into believing killing deer necessary evil; actually, opposite is true; deer rebound when killed. Deer vehicle colllisions ocuur more on first day of hunting than any other, according to sixth largest national insurance carrier, Erie Ins. Deer don't transmit Lyme disease. Their droppings help fertizlie critical understory, exact opposite of what Ohio Div. of WildDeath claims about browsing. And landscaping conflicts put to rest easily by planting native species less likely to be browsed. No reason but money for killing.

    8. Solon contracts w/ USDA/Wild"Death" Svcs. See how they operate

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      It tells the truth about how indiscrimiate the USDA Wild"Death" Services really is. This is the agency with whom the City of Solon Ohio has contracted to control deer populations, and the same effing agency that killed tens or hundreds of thousands of blackbirds that rained down from the sky -- to protect agribusiness crops. The below link is somewhat graphic and disturbing.

    9. Shocking but Nor Surprising: Solon Continues Bloodbath Next Week

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      On January 23, 2012, the Solon deer slaughter will continue. The notorious USDA Wildlife Services will be shooting deer lured to bait. Solon is now known as the city who kills it's wildlife. It is a town of politics without principle and science without humanity.

      Solon leaders are once again dragging the reputation of the city of Solon into the gutter. Wildlife Services litters the American landscape with deadly poisons and traps and often kills pets and endangered species. Between 2002-2006 Wildlife Services failed numerous federal audits. WS aerially shoots wolves and coyotes and their gunning program has caused ten human fatalities and 28 injuries. They are known to be environmentally abusive and unethical. No wonder WS likes to stay under the radar.

      They spend over 100 million annually to kill more than one million animals. Americans foot the bill for this ineffective, wasteful, ecologically unsound and unethically indefensible agency.

    10. Solon poised to kill 300 deer. "Private contractors" part of plan; but how?

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Solon will kill 300 deer, but that includes luring deer from the bordering towns and the Emerald Reckless. Is Solon's plan to kill all the deer? What we don't know is this: because Solon had asked Wildlife (aka "Wilddeath") Services through the USDA -- a gov't agency well known for its egregious, horrific animal abuse and killing policies and methods that cater to businesses for profit -- and that meant using the captive bolt method, we are not being told if that is still the plan. At council meetings, Solon and USDA/Wildlife Services admitted that would be part of its "comprehensive management plan," which is literally nothing more than using three separate kill methods, captive bolt, bow hunting and sharpshooting. Captive bolt = cages or nets that catch deer, w/ captive bolt SUPPOSEDLY administered to the frontal skull lobe. ONLY for use on dairy cows in slaughterhouses, terrified deer don't stand still during bolting; they thrash about and get impaled in eyes, neck, face, etc. WTF!

    11. Buckeye Buck Bags Bastard BowHunter, Believe It!

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Banjo music, please?

    12. Amish teen killed by hunter's bullet in Fredericksburg, Ohio

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Why no charges against this guy? How is this "accident" even possible? (Even a basic understanding of ballstics leads one to question this story.) Are muzzleloaders capable of 1.5 mile range? What's the difference between a deer and a human? Isn't all life sacred? So, he "accidentally" killed a young girl, but MEANT TO kill deer with that weapon? Anybody who secretly believes that human life is anymore valuable than any nonhuman species' life will not understand the irony. Injustice prevails.

    13. Forty percent less OH deer hunted due to rain!

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this one line from the story: "Ohio has one of the most liberal bowhunting seasons in the country . . ." In light of this fact, this should be considered a miraculous blessing. On average, Ohio hunters kill, murder, mutilate over 250,000 deer every year, but this year there may be as many as 100,000 less deer tortuted and killed. Halelujah!

    14. [Ohio] Hunter Shot [Killed] by [11-Year-Old] Son

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Give this guy a "Darwin Award!" No pity. And the fact that he was shot in the back -- nay, shot in the back BY HIS OWN SON -- makes it all the more poetically just. Do people even realize that 11 YEAR OLDS ARE ALLOWED TO HUNT -- WITH LOADED WEAPONS? Regrettably, nothing will change.

    15. Top Plain Dealer Story Shows Driver Ed. Hugely Reduces Deer/Vehicle Crashes

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Donna Miller's lead PD story this Black Friday proves there simply are no more excuses for the City of Solon, Cleveland's Emerald "Reckless" deer killing park system, or those who decry deer-vehicle accidents as justification for killing our peace-loving herbivore white-tails. The City of Rochester Hills, Michigan, has raised the bar as a model example of no-kill PLUS driver education -- resulting in a 25% decrease in deer-vehicle crashes, despite a 34% increase in is deer population! This illustrates unequivocally that DRIVER EDUCATION ALONE significantly reduces threats to public safety, not to mention deer safety. In fact, in spite of the "Don't Veer for Deer" aspect of its campaign, less deer are actually killed.and/or involved in crashes.

    16. Did CVNP lie? Does NPS engage in deer kills via MetroParksSummit County?

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      You be the judge: National Park Service/Cuyahoga Valley National Park, whose own resource manager Lisa Petit several times over the past 2 years has assured me there would be NO killing of deer without thorough public notice AND input via special web alerts and public forums -- is under scrutiny. Is CVNP killing deer via MetroParks Serving Summit County's (MPSSC) open hunt lottery this year? Check out this 2011 excerpt from the park's own release (see link below): "Hunting areas for the 2011-12 season include Pond Brook Conservation Area in
      Twinsburg Township; the Columbia Run and Wetmore conservation areas in Boston
      Township; two areas within Furnace Run Metro Park in Richfield; and Riding Run
      Conservation Area in Richfield, Bath, Cuyahoga Falls and Boston Township." I am told that Riding Run, Columbia and Wetmore are pat of the National Park! Did Lisa Petit lie? Did NPS lie to the public? You decide; sign this and Lisa will know this concern hasn't escaped our notice.

    17. Reached 250 signatures
    18. Streaming in Complaints/MOST Solon Residents Confused by Ballot Language

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Again, it was only after the League of Humane Voters and legal staff relinquished the ballot language to the Board of Elections for processing that the last 2 lines of it -- which spelled out what either a "yes" or "no" vote means -- were removed. We believe this has resulted in gross MISUNDERSTANDING at Solon polling places re: Issue 94/Deer Preservation Act. The one-two punch of both removing the spelling-out language, and making "yes" votes mean no-kill, and "no" votes mean kill, is what caused demise of Solon deer.

    19. Deer-Motorist Accidents Decreased 25% Where No-Kill + Education Prevail

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Check THIS out! In Rocherster Hills Michigan (another high deer population state like Ohio), deer-vehicle accidents (DVAs) went down by 25 percent -- EVEN THOUGH HERD NUMBERS INCREASED. This proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that all it takes is driver education. Solon officials: you have no excuse; none! This bloodthirsty catering to the minority/hunters must come to an end. People in Solon will not long tolerate these abuses.

      Excerpt from attached release: "Deer/Vehicle Crash (DVC) awareness campaign has resulted in an improvement in the safety of residents and the driving public. . . . The distinct variable that has set Rochester Hills apart from other areas has been the intense driver awareness campaign that was championed by their Deer Management Advisory Committee (DMAC),” states Mike Hartner, Parks and Forestry Director."

    20. VOTING BLOC! Help LOHV form a voting bloc in Solon, Ohio NOW!

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      What instills more fear in government/political officials than a voting bloc? NOTHING! Contact Lane Ferrante @ League of Humane Voters to find out how.simple it is: http://lohv-ohio.org/

    21. Deer/Wildlife Belong to EVERYONE; NOT the Div. of Wild"Death" or hunters

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Excerpt from my article/link below: "Last year, the Public Trust Doctrine (PTD) was invoked by five national wildlife officials who recommended sweeping changes in all state wildlife agencies. PTD asserts that wildlife belongs to everyone; that would include Solon deer. In fact, wildlife fits into that neat little category exemption property laws, government agencies and special interest groups, including hunters -- like conflict-of-interest Solon's Public Works director, Jim Stanek. So, why is it that the Ohio Division of Wild"Death" gets away with catering to only seven percent of the population -- hunters? The PTD is inherently violated by Ohio Division of Wild"Death" and cities like Solon. Most of Ohio DOW's profits come from hunting; Ohio DOW admits to refusal of birth control because it profits from population rebound caused by hunting. PTD recommends four paradigm shifts, one of which is to form a diverse group of stakeholders. Who will step up to the plate?"

    22. Contact League of Humane Voters/Ohio; find out how to help from home

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know that "canned" hunts can include "hunters" sitting in front of computers and, via the Internet, shooting animals in confined areas? If this is fair game, then it's only fair YOU should be able to vote from home. And you can: If you visit http://lohv-ohio.org/, you can see what LOHV/Ohio is up to, and how you can help Solon deer and all Ohio's animals, from the comfort of your own home and computer. After Zanesville, it should be perfectly clear that Ohio's animals -- wild, domestic and exotic -- desperately in need your help. Too often, core group members of animal protection groups shoulder the heavy burdens of thousands of hours of volunteering annually, lost sleep, burn out and just plain demoralization due to public apathy, government greed/ignorance and lack of support. IF YOU WANT SOLON AND OHIO TO TREAT ITS ANIMALS BETTER, YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. This is not someone else's "calling" or problem or responsibility; it's yours and mine. It's everyone's.

    23. Reached 100 signatures
    24. Bd. Elections Changed last 2 lines in ballot; made it misleading/opposite

      Lucy McKernan
      Petition Organizer

      After attorneys and SolonDeer.com approved final ballot language on Solon's Deer Issue 94 earlier this year, Board of Elections deleted last two lines spelling out what voting "yes" or voting "no" means. This caused confusion for some Solon voters; could this have made the difference? . (Guess nothing has changed since 2000.) Some of the voters in support of our cause told us they were confused about Issue 94 ballot language at the polls Tuesday; others told us they witnesed similar confusion inside Solon's polling locations. While working Solon City Hall poll Tuesday afternoon, one hunter who told me he wants to kill the deer also told me he was voting "yes," which meant the opposite. Did I correct him? What do you think? It's clear the ballot language was confusing.

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    • Cheryl Stephen BARNESVILLE, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      This is wrong!

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    • Laura Murnane MOUNT VERNON, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      Stop the murder!! These animals are precious and belong to God. Stop the ODNR's barbaric practices and expose their lies.

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    • Phaedra Dresch CRAWFORDVILLE, GA
      • 7 months ago

      Is Ohio in China?

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    • Morgan Idso GOLETA, CA
      • 7 months ago

      “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated” - Gandhi

      “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Martin Luther King Jr.

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    • Austin Newton HOUSTON, TX
      • 7 months ago

      I dont like violence. Also penis. 8===D

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