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October 25, 2010 | Deer

Deer Advocates Demand End of Long Island Bow-Hunting Season

CONTACT: Edita Birnkrant, NY Director, Friends of Animals. 917.940.2725; EMAIL
MEET AT: 50 Circle Drive, off Nicolls Rd, near the stadium on the SUNY/Stony Brook campus; DIRECTIONS.

New York City--Animal advocates will hold a press conference Friday, October 29, at 11 am outside the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regional headquarters in Stony Brook, Long Island to call an end to Long Island's hunting season on deer.

Most people perceive the DEC as a neutral, scientific body, the event's organizers say. "It's time that the public learned the facts," says Edita Birnkrant, New York Director of Friends of Animals.

"Hunting and habitat manipulation for hunting on public lands, in parks, sanctuaries and refuges, is a violation of public trust," said Birnkrant.

Hunting and managing deer and other animals is increasingly being tagged by scientist for putting "evolution in reverse." It makes smaller and weaker animals more likely to survive. Moreover, it causes deer populations to rebound increase in a cyclical reaction to us. Thus the deer-management paradox: The more you hunt, the more deer you get.

"The DEC urges hunters to recruit new hunters, especially children, and its officials glorify hunting," says Bill Crain, president of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife.

In the DEC booklet "Hunting and Trapping: 2010-2011 Official Guide to Laws and Regulation", Patricia Riexiner, Director of the DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources, urges hunters to become mentors to potential young hunters and writes that bagging her own first turkey was "the intoxicating, set-the-hook kind of success that can turn a beginner into a smitten hunter." The Guide also is filled with ads for rifles and hunting equipment.

Organizations and individuals at the press conference will include Friends of Animals, the East Hampton Group for Wildlife, Wildlife Watch, Virginia Frati, pioneering wildlife rescuer, and Ron Delsener, a legendary manager in the pop music scene. People for the End of Animal Cruelty and Exploitation are among the supporters of the event.

The event's organizers observe that the DEC receives over half its funding from hunting licenses and fees and excise taxes on gun, ammo, and archery sales.

"The DEC wants to expand hunting to keep its jobs. The State must change the funding arrangement if the DEC is to be a truly independent body that looks out for all life in our environment," states Ellen Crain, Secretary-Treasurer of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife.

Advocates slammed the DEC's decision to begin the Long Island deer bow-hunting season on the first of October--a month earlier than last year. Bow hunting often results in leaving deer to die slow and painful deaths," says Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals.

In the case of pheasants, the DEC's wish to expand hunting has interfered with its mission of wildlife conservation. The DEC recognizes that pheasant populations are very low, but instead of focusing on their renewal in the wild, the DEC concentrates on stocking the birds for hunters to shoot. In the case of turkey hunting, the DEC's pro-hunting attitude interferes with human health concerns. The DEC has added wild turkey hunting on Long Island despite the fact that turkeys are a major predator of ticks that carry Lyme disease.

Friends of Animals insists that our wildlife refuges be restored as inviolate sanctuaries which allow every species there to undergo the test of nature to guarantee its survival over time. The group opposes hunting and pharmaceutical manipulation of fertility in free-living animals.

Educational pamphlets about hunting, published by Friends of Animals, will be provided to the press and public.


Ryan, Hunters say they love nonhuman animals. If that's true, why do they perpetrate the ultimate assault on them? As you've said, you think they are like robots or plants that lack self awareness. But behavioral studies show nonhuman animals are personal beings, who are aware of themselves and their environment, and who experience emotions like we do. Based on how we define "intelligence", one could say they have less than we do, but they can understand a lot more than we have assumed. I respect the care you've given to an orphaned possum, raccoon and owl, and wonder why you don't extend these feelings to deer and other animals?

Wow, 2010, all the science available at our fingertips... and we still believe hunting is "conservation"? Hunting is RECREATION, and no matter what rights a hunter has or not, no matter how much he "contributes", he has NO more right to exploit common resources that are owned equally by all. One brief look at some of the genuine wildlife refuges we have left proves we do not need hunting. Animals do NOT overpopulate where left alone. Start killing and you jump-start reproduction. CRE science. Please get with the 21st century and stop blabbering 16th century. Too many hunters, not enough resources. Make hunting more expensive, just like every other recreational activity. It is exactly what would happen if we had equal representation on our wildlife councils instead of special interest party boys.

Compare the evolution of a spear from its inception to its present day state. While the spear has been in use for thousands of years, today at its height of sophistication, it remains little more that a pointy stick. Compare that to the evolution to a rifle which occurred over a much shorter time and developed into a much more deadly weapon than the original. Modern day hunters don't use spears or even the ancient rifle because it doesn't give them the advantage over an animal that modern technology does. Of course, organic soy products are readily available and are not sprayed with pesticides. Go organic. And don't eat dead animals. As I have said, it's not necessary to do so -- just as hunting is not necessary.

Do you know what "organic" means? It means it contains a carbon molecule. Lots of pesticides contain carbon molecules. Cyanide is "organic." Lots of organic farms use pesticides at one point or another during their season's production. And those that don't still employ nuisance shooting or hunting to kill the deer, and other critters that would otherwise damage their crops. So buying organic produce is still causing the deaths of deer, and other critters.

Oh please, that's only one meaning of the word organic. It's clear I used it as the FDA defines it in the production of food -- food grown without pesticides. Organic farming is in its infancy and is already adopting non-lethal methods of "pest-control".

Please show a regulatory definition that states "organic" means food grown without pesticides. That's what you want to think it means. FoA comments: How about this? USDA Organic: In 2000, after a 10-year development process, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rolled out its rules covering use of the word “organic” on foods. The USDA accredits independent certifiers, who then check the claims of producers. The system has three levels: “100% Organic”: Can only contain organic ingredients, meaning no antibiotics, hormones, genetic engineering, radiation or synthetic pesticides or fertilizers can be used. Can display the USDA organic logo and/or the specific certifying agent’s logo. “Organic”: Contains 95% organic ingredients, with the balance coming from ingredients on the approved National List. These products can also display the USDA organic logo and/or the certifier’s logo “Made with Organic Ingredients”: Must be made with at least 70% organic ingredients, three of which must be listed on the package, and the balance must be on the National List. These products may display the certifier’s logo but not the USDA organic logo. Bob

From the USDA website: "In the United States, nearly all soybeans are crushed to extract the oil from the resulting meal. A comparatively small amount of whole soybeans are used for seed, roasted for snacks or on-farm dairy feed, and consumed as traditional soyfoods such as tofu." "Livestock feeds account for 98 percent of soybean meal consumption, with the remainder used in human foods such as bakery ingredients and meat substitutes."

"No synthetic pesticides pesticides" can be use. Natural "organic" pesticides are not prohibited. Organic pesticide contain carbon. There are lots of "organic" pesticides that are very deadly. FoA comments: Plants contain organic pesticides as natural defenses against pests. So now you're arguing no one should eat plants or the animals that eat them. Wow, that's one step further than "going organic" and I hope you take it -- soon. Bob

Nope. Don't put words in my mouth. I never said not to eat anything. I don't care if anyone wants to drink pesticides. You said "organic" produce means grown without pesticides. I just showed you, and you apparently just agreed, that that is not true. FoA comments: Your words expressed an exaggerated concern over the use of soybeans in the fields you visited. You didn't say they were organic soybean fields, and likely they weren't. I'll stand by my words -- "go organic."

"Compare that to the evolution to a rifle which occurred over a much shorter time and developed into a much more deadly weapon than the original." Im afraid you are mistaken,Bob. I didnt know it was possible to make a gun more deadly. Dead is dead. I think what you meant to say was a MORE ACCURATE AND EFFICIENT arm. What that does for us is make it MORE humane then it ever was.


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