The city of Cranbrook, British Columbia, is considering netting/trucking and/or bowhunting to control the resident deer population. Representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently informed city officials of the extreme cruelty of these deer-control methods, but their concerns have apparently fallen on deaf ears.
Netting/trucking deer is horribly cruel. Every minute spent entangled in the netting is a terrifying eternity for these easily frightened prey animals. Being netted is terrifying enough, but these deer would then be tied, stacked, and transported in trucks! Transport is rife with loud noises, vibrations, and the smell of fear. Nothing could be more horrifying for a deer.
Bowhunting is also among the cruelest forms of killing. Many deer are injured by arrows. Bowhunters routinely spend hours tracking the blood trails of injured deer before finding them. Three decades of research tells us that for every one or two deer struck by arrows and retrieved, another wounded animal disappears, never to be found. And these deer aren’t the only victims: Mass killings tear apart families, leaving young and weak animals vulnerable to starvation, dehydration, and predators.
Even the use of sharpshooters armed with rifles would be far less cruel than the methods being considered. I urge Mayor Scott Manjak and the other members of Cranbrook City Council to take netting/trucking and bowhunting off the table.