End Inhumane Deer Culls Across British Columbia
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To the Honourable Steven Thompson,
Minister of Lands, Forests, and Natural Resource Operations.
Deer culls have been taking place in communities across B.C. for the past several years, including Cranbrook, Elkford, Invermere, Kimberley, and Victoria. However, there continues to be a lack of consultation with communities and evidence to support the efficacy of the culls. This coupled with video now exposing the apparent distress caused to the deer by the standard clover-trap and bolt-gun method of killing, it is time for non-lethal alternatives of human-deer cohabitation to be implemented.
The British Columbia Deer Protection Society (BCDPS) has recently released footage of a fawn being caught in a clover-trap and then killed with a bolt-gun. This footage was taken Jan 5th, 2016 in Cranbrook, B.C. during their recent deer cull. This is the first time footage of this method of killing deer has been made available to the public.
This video clearly shows the fawn in great distress prior to the trap being collapsed down on top of him or her. It also captures the shrill cry of distress just prior to the bolt-gun being applied. There is clear reason to be concerned that the fawn is not dead after the first bolt-gun shot, as he/she needs to be bolt-gunned a second time. Concerns about the inhumane methods used to carry out these culls appear to be founded, and this is only one instance which had to be captured using undercover footage. It is unacceptable that the public did not have prior knowledge of what they were being sold by their local representatives when told about the clover-trap and bolt-gun method as being "humane."
Furthermore, there is evidence that deer numbers continues to decrease at alarming rates across B.C. as a recent report for 2014 shows that in contrast to 2011, in the Kootenay region of B.C. there has been a loss of nearly 31,000 mule deer in the last 3-4 years. Approximately 200 deer have been killed by culls in the region over the past several years. Meanwhile the province continues to support deer culls which fail to provide any evidence of effectively reducing human-deer conflict and which continue to cost citizens their tax dollars with no oversight or consultation. A previous cull in Cranbrook cost over $5000 to kill four deer.
In Victoria, there was a deer cull in the municipality of Oak Bay which caused a great deal of community turmoil and ended up killing eleven deer at a cost upwards of $50,000. Meanwhile, black-tailed deer are in decline already on Vancouver Island.
This petition is directed to the Minister of Lands, Forests, and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, requesting that he end culling in the region, and implement strategies that use non-lethal methods of co-habitation and relocation to deal with human-deer conflict. Many viable, evidenced based options exist which are less costly, non-lethal, and more effective. We must act now to stop the killing of more innocent animals in our communities for their sake and our own.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this request.
West Coast Officer for the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada.
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