Petition update

End Dangerous New L. I. Deer Hunting Setback Law & Require Posting "Hunting on Private Property

The Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island

Aug 25, 2015 — Dear Friends,
We wish we had good news to report, but we don't. Since our last update, a great deal of killing has taken place, and many people report the absence of the beautiful deer who used to visit their property. Hunters, farmers, Town and Village elected officials, various "Deer Management Committees" continue to push for even more killing. We continue to fight by attending their meetings, writing letters to the Editor of local newspapers, and making our voices heard whenever possible.
Some of our colleagues are taking action by meeting with officials to discuss non-lethal alternatives and we hope that these options will eventually be tried. Others continue to fight against other measures like the dangerous change in the setback law reducing it from 500 feet to just 150 feet, that was signed into effect in New York last year because of pressure by hunting advocates. We hope you will join us now, in opposing this ill-considered law which endangers children at play, pets in their back yards, and people out hiking on trails near their homes, by allowing hunters to kill deer so close to where we live.
Please join us by signing a new petition at this link to "End the dangerous new Long Island deer hunting setback law and require posting of hunting on private property."

Thank you for your compassion and all that you do to help our beleaguered wildlife.
https://www.change.org/p/change-long-island-deer-hunting-setback-law-and-require-posting-of-hunting-on-private-property?recruiter=7891521&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink


End the dangerous new Long Island deer hunting setback law and require posting of hunting on private property.
https://www.change.org/p/change-long-island-deer-hunting-setback-law-and-require-posting-of-hunting-on-private-property?recruiter=7891521&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

DeerSafe

An ill-considered, dangerous change in the setback law reducing it from 500 feet to just 150 feet was signed into effect in New York last year because of pressure by hunting advocates. The setback refers to the minimum allowable distance between adjacent properties. This now allows residents of properties as small as one acre to allow deer hunting, whereas previously the smallest property size was approximately eighteen acres.

This new law has allowed an unprecedented and uncontrolled increase in the amount of deer hunting in all of Suffolk County, Long Island, including towns such as Southampton, Sagaponack, Remsenburg, Southold, and East Hampton. Hunters have aggressively pursued new tactics to increase deer hunting, including vastly higher numbers of kills approved by the NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and recruitment of hunters from Queens to upstate New York. The new setback results in significant danger to residents in these Suffolk County towns, as well as unnecessary increases in deer kills.

This petition urges State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Ken LaValle, co-sponsors of the reduced setback law, and local town council members to change the law back to the previous 500 foot setback distance, and also require posting of signs when hunting has been approved on any property.

https://www.change.org/p/change-long-island-deer-hunting-setback-law-and-require-posting-of-hunting-on-private-property?recruiter=7891521&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink


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