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Posted: 2/16/2002 7:16:36 AM EDT
PETA Vehicle Collides With Deer, PETA to Sue State Game Agency -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Group Goes After N.J. Fish and Wildlife Agencies for Expanding Deer Populations to Provide Living Targets for State Hunting Minority For Immediate Release: February 14, 2002 Contact: Matthew Penzer 757-622-7382 When a deer took out the entire front end of the car driven by two PETA anti-hunting campaigners, PETA saw red—and it wasn’t just the blood of the animal they believe was fleeing hunters’ guns. Today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) faxed to Bob McDowell, director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, and John Bradway, chairman of the Fish and Game Council, a notice of intent to sue them as a result of the collision late last November. PETA maintains that this accident—as well as thousands more that take place every year— was caused by the state’s mismanagement of the deer population, which includes purposely increasing herd sizes in order to provide more live targets for hunters and so jeopardizes the well-being of people who use the roads. In 1999 alone, there were more than 14,000 deer-vehicle collisions reported in New Jersey. PETA argues that by placing the interests of hunters, who amount to barely more than 1 percent of New Jersey’s population, above the safety of the more than 8 million New Jersey residents and countless out-of-state travelers who use the roads, wildlife agencies are violating the state’s constitutional mandate to provide protection and security to its people. PETA also opposes the fear, the disruption of herd members’ relationships, and the bloodshed suffered by the deer on grounds of cruelty to animals. "Motorists should be warned that New Jersey’s highways aren’t safe, thanks to wildlife management programs that put the amusement of hunters ahead of the safety of drivers," says PETA Legal Counsel Matthew Penzer, who hopes that this suit will encourage others. "New Jersey wildlife managers are creating dangerous conditions for both people and deer." A copy of PETA’s letter to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife follows.
Link Posted: 2/16/2002 7:17:10 AM EDT
Here is the actual letter: February 14, 2002 Bob McDowell, Director New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife P.O. Box 400 Trenton, NJ 08625-0400 Dear Mr. McDowell: Pursuant to New Jersey state law, this will serve as notice that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Dan Shannon, and Jay Kelly each reserves the right to bring an action for damages and/or injuries sustained in an automobile crash on November 16, 2001. Shortly before 1 o’clock in the morning on that date, while driving a Honda Civic belonging to PETA (and while returning from a PETA campaigning tour) southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike, a deer darted out in front of the car and a collision resulted. The collision occurred at or near mile marker 15.4 in Woolwich Township, Gloucester County. Damage to the car was severe, resulting in a repair bill that exceeded $6,000.00 and loss of use of the car for nearly two months. The total amount of damages is, as yet, unknown. PETA, Mr. Shannon, and Mr. Kelly believe that this collision, which occurred near the start of New Jersey’s hunting season, was caused by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife Division and the Fish and Game Council as a result of their deer management program, which includes, in certain circumstances, an affirmative effort to increase deer populations. Despite the known dangers an increased deer population poses to motorists in the state, the Division and Council actively assist in increasing the deer population for the purpose of enhancing hunting opportunities and license revenues. The result, as was the case here, is a significant number of auto-deer collisions each year, causing significant injuries and property damage. The New Jersey State Constitution expressly mandates that the government’s responsibility is the protection, security, and benefit of the people. The state’s deer management program effectively places recreational interests over safety interests, thereby violating the obligations of the government to, above all, act in the best interests of public safety. The constitution further ensures the rights of persons to enjoy and defend their rights to, among other things, life, property, and safety. The deer management program, which exists only for recreational and economic interests, inherently threatens those rights the state constitution guarantees, and is, therefore, unlawful. Please send any notices to the address listed on this letterhead. Thank you. Respectfully, Matthew Penzer Legal Counsel
Link Posted: 2/16/2002 7:25:32 AM EDT
You can't win with these people. To manage the deer population don't you need to thin the herd, ie. hunt? Or maybe if you just pass out Deer condoms they'd be happy.
Link Posted: 2/16/2002 7:48:51 AM EDT
Ya, but how's the deer doing? No mention from PETA on the deer's condition. Who cares about $6,000 in damage to the car? Who cares if the car was unavailable for two months? WHAT ABOUT THE DEER????????????
Link Posted: 2/16/2002 8:42:59 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/16/2002 8:43:37 AM EDT
So they would rather have all the deer killed?.......
Link Posted: 2/16/2002 9:26:42 AM EDT
PETA is only interested in making sure no one ENJOYS killing anything. If an impersonal government bureaucrat does it, they don't have a problem. Next they'll probably sue to make the state gather the deer up and relocate them to some environment not suited for them.
Link Posted: 2/16/2002 9:38:35 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/16/2002 10:59:41 AM EDT
sigh
Link Posted: 2/16/2002 11:12:05 AM EDT
Dr. Sarah Thompson did a fairly good write up on PETAfreaks (and their ilk) in her essay about people who are opposed to self-defense. Basically her conclusion was that people who "love" animals so much and protest against others who use animals have a deepseated hatred of humans and displace their violence in protesting and "higher-than-thou" preaching about their own superiority. Anybody remember the supposed PETA [i]and[/i] NRA member brookstexas? He claimed that people who ate meat were "less evolved" than vegans. Same concept as what was outlined by Dr. Thompson.
Link Posted: 2/16/2002 11:28:55 AM EDT
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "don't argue with people who are crazier than you."
Link Posted: 2/17/2002 2:01:43 PM EDT
AS much as I miss my friends back in New Jersey....I'm really happy to be living in VA
Link Posted: 2/17/2002 2:06:04 PM EDT
Depending on if they win or not, I think I might try this next time I run down...er, hit a deer
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