Deer that have been hand fed, photographed, studied by students and admired by children are basically slaughtered in an open, free for all massacre that is Federally Funded!

Letter to
Public Relations Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Hagerman Refuge Manager Kathy Whaley
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe
and 1 other
Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (Department of the Interior)
Stop the Slaughter

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, located in Grayson County Texas, clearly states on their website “Wildlife comes first! The main goals of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge are to provide and manage habitat for migratory birds, wildlife, and plants native to this area.”

And yet every year they open the ‘Refuge’ to host an annual archery deer hunt. Deer that have been hand fed, photographed, studied by students and admired by children are basically slaughtered in an open free for all massacre.

The ‘refuge’ even states on their web site “This hunt is strictly recreational. Population control is not an objective.”

"Sport" hunting is a violent form of recreation that has left countless animals maimed, and orphaned animals vulnerable to starvation, exposure, and predation. This activity disrupts natural animal population dynamics.

Many animals suffer prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured by hunters. Bowhunters often spend hours tracking the blood trails of animals before finding them. Many are never found by hunters. Animal control offices routinely receive reports from upset residents who spot animals wandering around with protruding arrows. Weeks can elapse before victims succumb to their injuries. It is also not uncommon for wounded animals running wildly onto highways, posing grave risks to commuters.

Animals balance their own breed population if left unaltered. Natural predators help maintain this balance by killing the sickest and weakest individuals. Hunters, however, kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace—including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong. Even when unusual natural occurrences cause overpopulation, natural processes work to stabilize the group.

This has to stop. I know this is not an isolated incident but the change has to start somewhere. At least in the wild, animals develop a natural instinct to run, hide and protect themselves and their young. These animals don’t have that luxury … they have been raised around humans, they trust people and they practically walk right up to the hunters unsuspecting their motives are other than friendly.

Please sign this petition to ‘Stop the Slaughter’ or else demand any federal funding be withdrawn from this ‘Refuge’.