Deer Immunocontraception Projects

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Immunocontraception Projects

06/20/2002

US Sportsmen's Alliance, http://www.ussportsmen.org


Deer birth control projects are on the rise and constitute a real threat to hunting - especially bowhunting. Deer birth control was concocted by the animal rights movement, which sees it as a way to eliminate hunting in the long term. In the short term, the anti’s have focused their energies on urban deer management. Their campaign appears to be working.

Deer overpopulation has been, and continues to be, a growing problem in metropolitan parks and other urban areas. When park managers announce controlled hunts, the anti’s respond with a storm of publicity, stoking the public’s unfounded concerns over safety and cruelty to deer. Local officials quickly buckle to the pressure, and look for other solutions. The anti’s, of course, then offer deer birth control or sterilization as "humane" options.

In the past, state wildlife agencies would not issue permits for such projects, but public pressure from large urban centers has resulted in a surprising number of approvals during the past decade.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance recently conducted a survey of the fifty state wildlife agencies on the subject. The results were alarming. Eighteen deer birth control projects have been completed or are underway in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

In 2000, Rutgers University reported that birth control projects are inefficient and expensive. State wildlife agency information reinforces those findings.

Statistics show that only 513 deer were treated during the studies. The cost was $1,509,739 – an average of $2,943 per deer!

Aside from the inflated cost, many of the projects simply did not work. Connecticut, Minnesota and Ohio all reported continued growth of deer numbers in the targeted areas.

Conversely, hunters continue to provide the most effective deer control. Bowhunters have been effective in urban situations.

Of greater concern than the effectiveness of the treatments is the safety of the birth control drugs. Regardless of their effectiveness, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved them for human consumption. The U.S. government would not tolerate such an experiment with livestock. There have been no findings to ensure that other wildlife species are not adversely affected.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is crafting model legislation that will require that these health concerns be addressed before permits for future projects can be issued. We will be working with the bowhunting community and state wildlife officials to refine the language in preparation for bill introductions in state legislatures around the nation. For more information, contact the Alliance at (614) 888-4868 or info@ussportsmen.org.
 

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We all have to stay alert as to what is going on in our local governments so we can stand against this foolish practice.

"Statistics show that only 513 deer were treated during the studies. The cost was $1,509,739 – an average of $2,943 per deer! "
Note the anti-hunting croud will gladly waist taxpayer money to "help the animals."
But I doubt they would pay out of their own pockets!  

:mad-fumin-red:

Could you imagine hunters getting together and offering to eliminate a number of deer for a set fee per deer!? As it is now, WE HUNTERS PAY for the privilege via license fees, area permits, tags and taxes on our equipment.

:soapbox:

Also...
"Of greater concern than the effectiveness of the treatments is the safety of the birth control drugs. Regardless of their effectiveness, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved them for human consumption. The U.S. government would not tolerate such an experiment with livestock. There have been no findings to ensure that other wildlife species are not adversely affected. "

This shows the true motive of the "anti-hunting" crowd ( like PETA ) has never been for the welfare of animals but the elimination of Hunting.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is great organization that keeps hunters informed.
http://www.ussportsmen.org/interactive/fea...ead1.cfm?ID=371
 


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