250 protest N.J. town's method of killing deer


Mar 11, 2001
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250 protest town's plan to reduce its deer herd.

Monday, December 24, 2001

The Associated Press

PRINCETON -- A rally protesting Princeton Township's plan to net deer and fire steel bolts into their heads drew 250 people.

The protesters gathered at Princeton borough's Palmer Square on Saturday, holding signs with messages such as "Born Free, Forced to Die" and "Spay Not Slay." The Rally for Rudolph was held to oppose a plan to use the net-and-bolt method to thin out the township's deer herd, estimated at 1,300.

"It was outlawed as a form of euthanasia 20 years ago in our state because it was deemed to be inhumane," Karen Cotton, of Princeton Township, said in a published report.

Mayor Phyllis Marchand has contended the township's plan is humane and necessary to reduce deer overpopulation.

Three attorneys have sued the township on behalf of animal-rights activists, arguing that bolt guns violate animal cruelty laws while long-range, military-caliber rifles endanger the public.

"The bolt gun is illegal in New Jersey for animal euthanasia," attorney Bruce I. Afran said at the rally. "Not even a veterinarian, not a zoo, not a circus, not a dog pound may use a bolt gun to kill animals; yet, the township of Princeton intends to use this brutal device without regulation and against the law."


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Mar 26, 2001
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I guess bowhunting is not a option either!!!!
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