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‘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.

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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