Killing Bambi in Biltmore Forest
Editor, Asheville Global Report,
As you may know, the town of Biltmore Forest is
planning on killing deer beginning Sept. 13. What’s worse is
that they plan to do it with the barbaric method of bowhunting.
An article from the Asheville Citizen-Times dated Aug. 29, 2000,
spells out some of the details. The plan seems to have the unanimous
support of the mayor and all three commissioners. The final
vote will take place at their meeting at the Town Hall on September
12 at 5 pm. The public is welcome to come to the meeting, as
well as to speak.
Also, please take a moment to contact the town
officials and let them know how you feel. There are many alternatives
available to them. One is to install reflectors on the roads,
which have eliminated collisions between deer and autos by as
much as 95% in some towns. I’m told they really work, and work
great. People can also put repellents on their “precious” flowers
(excuse my sarcasm). There are also birth control programs that
have had some success, and the technology in this area is growing
Finally, if they insist on killing them, they
could use a method that would be quick and painless. Bowhunting
is one of the cruelest forms of hunting because primitive archery
equipment wounds more animals than it kills. Studies indicate
that bowhunting yields more than a 50 percent crippling rate.
For every animal dragged from the woods, at least one animal
is left wounded to suffer, either to bleed to death or to become
infested with parasites and diseases.
Stewart and Terri David