‘Bloody Tracks’ and Slow Painful Deaths: PETA Opposes Avon Lake Bow Hunting

Group issues "Action Alert" after reading article on Avon Lake Patch.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has issued an “action alert” opposing bow hunting in Avon Lake after on an anti-bow hunting group forming.

The alert says,  “Your voice is needed!” and urges supporters to contact Avon Lake leaders by email.

“Bowhunting is among the cruelest forms of hunting,” the alert said. “Bowhunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer. Many are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful. It can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries. Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration.”

The group is asking people to send an email to Mayor Greg Zilka as well as each of the city’s , and includes their names and email addresses.

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters. The organization focuses on four areas where it says the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time. Those are factory farms, the clothing trade,  laboratories and in the entertainment industry, but the organization will also become involved on other matters.

“We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other "pests" as well as cruelty to domesticated animals,” according to the PETA’s website.

We’re asking readers what they think of PETA’s action alert. Do you support PETAs stance? Tell us in the comment section.

Katie J. May 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM
While I agree that Avon Lake should not be hunting grounds, I don't think we need PETA's two cents or support. Their reputation is not good and AL residents are smart, responsible, and perfectly capable of handling this on our own. I say take a hike PETA!!
Lori E. Switaj May 09, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Good point and thanks for the comment Katie. We seem to have represented both sides of the issue on our own in town. Now it's "wait and see."
Jason Baird May 09, 2012 at 04:52 PM
What's that they say? PETA is People Eating Tasty Animals? Those screwballs need to take a hike! Go chase down some women in furs or some other totally useless activity.
Lance Grayson May 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Katie - "AL residents are smart, responsible, and perfectly capable of handling this on our own"? unfortunately, the residents won't be the ones deciding squat. Council will along with a committee. Furthermore, If Avon Lake were a big shoe and councils jobs was just to tie it - we would be tripping over our laces for 5 years.
John C May 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I agree with Katie J above, PETA but out. And, you don't have your facts straight. With the new arrow tips, many deer drop within less than 100 yards, at most 300 yards. Saying in your article does not make it fact, get your facts straight. And, just so you know. in 2010, over 23 residents went to the hospital due to collisions with deer. Resident of an urban area, surrounded by urban areas have a reasonable expectation to drive in their community without constant threat of deer collisions and without constant damage to property due to deer. The City has a responsibility and the legal authority to fill a gap in the failure of the DNR to manage this resource. There is a definitive risk to the Avon Lake resident and the City has a responsibility to put the human population before the consideration of the deer. PETA but out!
Jen G May 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
If ALL the residents of Avon Lake were so "smart and responsible", this would not even be an issue. Was it smart and responsible to allow the builders to destroy all the wooded areas?? Was it smart and responsible to suggest that we should allow bow-hunters to come into our densely populated city and slaughter the deer?? I do not care who has to get involved. Other options NEED to be considered before making a final decision on this issue. I have lived here my entire life and have never felt unsafe or "at risk" because of the deer. I have a "reasonable expectation" that I will live in a community where wounded deer and stray arrows are not common place.
Jan Y. May 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
kudos to you, Jen G - I'm in total agreement with everything you're saying. We've completely created this scenerio, and are now blaming the poor innocent deer who have lost their homes thanks to us - the attitudes of the above show complete ignorance and disrespect for nature. I'm going to guess that these cruel hearted people never read Bambi. Options do need to be examined. In the 25 years I've lived in Avon Lake, it was just in the past few years that the deer have become an issue. It is obvious the deer are now at a point of desperation - with no place to go. Don't slaughter them - use some humanity.
Katie J. May 10, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Jen, I agree with you. Other options definitely need to be considered and some advanced planning on the city's part might have prevented the situation. But what's done is done and we have to look at the future and come up with a plan that is humane for the deer and safe for the public. I don't want bow-hunting here either. It sounds dangerous. But the sad truth is if the deer population isn't maintained it will only hurt them because they will destroy what habitat they have left and end up starving and sick. There is only so much food to go around. Would you rather a quick painless death from a bullet or long, painful one from starvation? And besides vehicle collisions, you also have to consider the increased threat of Lyme disease and the ill-effects it has on the natural bird population and plant life. I may be wrong, but I thought they were looking at other options, like deer contraception. That has not been successful in other areas. They could re-introduce their natural predators, but I doubt residents would welcome mountain lions or wolves to their neighborhoods. I'm not cruel or mean-hearted. I think this is sad and unfair, too. Sometimes you have to make difficult choices. I guess my point all along was simply that I do not think PETA needs to be involved. I seem to have strayed from that thought. Sorry, didn't mean to ramble on.
Jill C May 10, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I'm with Jen G on this one!!
Les Kean May 10, 2012 at 03:12 AM
What bothers me the most about these types of articles is that they play on people's emotions with words like "Bloody tracks, and slow painful deaths" when reality is that every piece of meat that you buy at Giant Eagle was once a living creature that was slaughtered to provide meat on your table. Bow hunting, is done with cross bows that are very accurate. Good experienced hunters only take a shot at an animal when they are sure that they are going to hit the heart or a very vital spot that will end the animal's life quickly. If Peta is so concerned about the animal's rights, then why don't they raise money so that the deer families can be rounded up, captured, and put in semi truck trailers to be hauled off to remote spots in the mountains where they could live a natural life ? I agree with all of the comments above and although it may not be a pleasant thought to see the deer killed in our neighborhood, the damage that they do to our property, and the risk of auto accidents that they cause when darting out in front of our moving vehicles are reasons why we need to thin the herd. Les K
Jen G May 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I do not like the fact that any living creature is killed. However, they are not killed while running around in our city. Good, experienced hunters....how are we to know that they are good and experienced?? Does shooting a target (which is not moving) 5 times make for an experienced hunter?? Because a few deer may eat some flowers and plants does not mean that they should be killed. Do you think that a wounded deer, with an arrow stuck in it, will not dart into traffic?? It is a FACT that for every 1 deer killed by an arrow, 2 are wounded. I live across the street from a 5 acre plot of land where hunting could take place. I am NOT comfortable knowing that a wounded deer can dart out of that wooded area or God forbid a stray arrow. There is no way to know that the hunter will be such a good shot. I am not willing to take that chance. There are other options that should be attempted first. Love or hate PETA, they have some good ideas on other, more safe, options for our city. On a side note.....I think the builders in AL and the city planning department should raise the money to have the deer captured and sent away! :)
Michelle Braun May 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Kudos to Jen G. I could not have put it better myself. We have created this problem, and these poor creatures are losing habitat faster than vinyl siding completes another house! And regarding the argument of humane bow hunting.....have you ever been shot with an arrow....from a cross bow or old school bow? I am pretty certain none of it is pain-free. I grew up in a hunting and farming community with a father who was an avid bow hunter. However, he did it to feed his family, and always hunted miles away from any sort of residential area. If this community wants an even bigger problem, allow bow hunting. And when someone's pet or child is injured or killed....remember it could have been prevented! This is an accident waiting to happen.
Margaret B May 11, 2012 at 07:23 AM
On a family vacation at Salt Fork State Park, my husband and I had a chance to talk with the Park Naturalist about the deer population. She was obviously an animal lover, and very knowledgable about the deer. She said that although she hated the idea of hunting, she understood the need for it. There was not enough food for all the deer to eat and they were starving and suffering from malnutrition. She said it's devestating to see adult deer weighing only 25 lbs.Starving to death is much slower and more painful than hunting them. I'm not talking about destroying the deer heard. If the heard's a managable size there will be enough food for them. Fewer deer means enough food, living space, and less deer v.s. car accidents. Also research with the ODNR about how many thousands of hunters are out during hunting season every year in Ohio and other states. Check statistics on how many of them shot people by accident. Many hunters have taken and passed marksmenship courses. There are people who have the qualifications to do a controlled hunt. They are not going to stroll down the middle of your street shooting your kids playing in the front yard. I'm not trying to rile anyone up here, but I am asking that you have some idea of what you are talking about before you speak. If you really care about the deer, be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.
Jen G May 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I do not think that the Naturalist in Salt Fork State Park is aware of the issues in Avon Lake. I'm not arguing against hunting in general....although I don't like it. My concern is allowing hunting in a densely populated city. As far as the hunters....MANY will not be qualified to do a controlled hunt. In my opinion, and it is just that, hitting a target 5 times at Gander Mountain does NOT make one qualified. You know as well as I do that there will be SOME that are not so skilled. I obviously know that they will not be shooting in the streets. However, I DO live across from a wooded area that is would be permitted in. I'm not willing to take that chance with my kids and dogs. I have yet to see any evidence that the deer are a problem in Avon Lake. Yes, I know there have been some minor car accidents and yes, I know they eat people's landscaping. I have lived here for 32 years and have NOT ONCE hit a deer or even come close. I know it can happen, as it does anywhere. I am VERY well aware at what I am talking about after researching and researching information on this topic. I have looked at statistics and studies to try and learn as much as possible. I AM looking for a solution...a humane, safe one.
Jason Baird May 11, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I say we start with the one with a bum front leg that works the lear area around eastview school and the 45's. How long has it been suffering? That dear has been limping for years. I live in the 45's and it comes to the park a lot. I live next to the park. It, and its friends, comes and takes a dump in my front lawn a few times a month.
Margaret B May 12, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I never said that the Naturalist new anything about the problems in Avon Lake. I never asked her about problems in Avon Lake. I believe that if the deer heard at Salt Fork on several hundred acres of land could have a food shortage and be starving, that this reality is surely possible in Avon Lake which has a much smaller wooded area and less available food for too large a deer herd. I don't know where that woman got her information about Gander Mountain, but that room with the targets is used to site in bows and to test fire them when they're at Gander Mountain for repairs. I'm not aware of anyone qualifying as a marksman with a bow there. How about elevated stands? Then hunters are not shooting kids and dogs from across the street. They are shooting down at the ground. Also it's a bad idea to let just anyone come to Avon Lake and claim they are a marksman and turn them loose. There would have to be some kind of test while in an elevated stand to verify someone's qualifications. There would have to be a limited time for this culling so people aren't out there hunting 365 days a year. There have already been studies of the deer herd in Avon Lake and there are photos of the major damage that's being done. What happens when the food is scarce and they're slowly starving to death? It's not about the deer eating a few shrubs in your front yard.
Jen G May 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Hitting the target at Gander Mountain IS what they are suggesting. Check out the proposed ordinance if you get a chance. They ARE saying that they would have to shoot from a tree stand, but not for the "test". It also says that the hunter cannot have had any alcohol for 8 hours before a hunt. Really?? Who is going to enforce that?? I would just like to see other options looked at first. Allowing bow hunting in a city like Avon Lake is not safe...for anyone.
4TH-GENERATION-AVNLKR January 15, 2013 at 01:38 PM
I live on Walker Rd, and if people drove the speed limit they would have time to see the deer cross before hitting them. Slow down and pay attention and you won't hit a deer!!
4TH-GENERATION-AVNLKR January 15, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I would love PETA to come here, not only to help us save our Deer but to also see all the rich women who flaunt their fur coats and leather purses! hahaha!!! How great would that be to see the snobby, rich women getting into their cars with a blood soaked fur coat at Giant Eagle!!


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