Petitions: Prosecute man who Killed Cat with BOW for fun in Australia!

You might be thinking, who the hell hunts cats or dogs? Well, just yesterday I received a comment from someone who started off, “I already ate a dog, I love dog fights, blood,…” etc., etc., blah blah blah.

There are plenty of psychopaths out there; it’s up to us to put laws in place to keep them in their place (hell preferably).

Please sign these two petitions for domestic animals, one against cat hunting and one on to  Prevent cruelty to dogs and cats in China: http://www.change.org/petitions/prevent-cruelty-to-dogs-and-cats-in-china-2?share_id=ACCyzOYrFC&utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_true

And: https://www.yousign.org/en/cat-bow-australia

Prosecute Australian man that KILLS Cats with BOWS AND ARROWS! Sign here for justice: https://www.yousign.org/en/cat-bow-Australia
Petition text: Tyler Atkinson form Ballarat, Victoria in Australia boasts online and in hunting forums about killing cats with his prized possession, a professional hunting bow. He even posted pictures of his deeds, a good thing because we can use it as evidence!He said: “Got my first feral cat this morning.Called him into about 3 meters after spotting him sniffing around about 50 meters away, and put a supreme on track and he was mine inside 6m”We urge the Chief Police Commissioner to start an investigation and prevent any other innocent animals from being killed by this man. – See more at: https://www.yousign.org/en/cat-bow-australia#sthash.xWFWv1og.dpuf

 

Elizabeth deer bow hunting plan drawing fire from opponents

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/elizabeth-deer-bow-hunting-plan-drawing-fire-from-opponents

by Russell Haythorn

ELIZABETH, Colo. – The Town of Elizabeth is considering allowing crossbow hunting of deer, but the plan is drawing fire from opponents..

Norma Emerson is a big fan of the deer that roam her yard almost every day. One even gave birth in her backyard last year.

“We love living here because of the wildlife out here,” she said.

Emerson is not a fan of the town’s proposal to thin the herd by allowing a limited bow hunt within town limits.

“I believe it is a very bad plan,” she said.

But town administrators say complaints are on the rise and the deer population is out of control. The animals are causing more crashes, damaging more yards and attracting predatory animals like mountain lions.

If the bow hunt plan moves forward, Town Manager Dick Eason says it will be selective.

“Highly qualified and skilled bow hunters in a very well defined geographic area,” he explained.

“We can work very closely with the town and vet how many, what kind of hunters are in there, what their experience is,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.

Other options under consideration are sterilization and relocating the herd. If the hunting option is selected, it would likely occur during hunting season.

The town says it will likely be May before a final decision is reached.

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2014.

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2014.

New law allows crossbow hunting, but not on LI

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/new-law-allows-crossbow-hunting-but-not-on-li-1.7576666

April 1, 2014 7:32 PM
By DAVID M. SCHWARTZ

John Hargreaves, an archer from Farmingville, practices his

Bow hunters on Long Island will be allowed closer to homes — though not with crossbows — under terms of a new law included in the state budget package.

Bow hunters won’t be able to shoot within 150 feet of buildings, a reduction from the 500 feet that had been on the books, state officials said Tuesday.

The new law gives hunters access to more land, lawmakers and hunters said, and could help to reduce a deer herd that Eastern Long Island residents said has grown too large.



 

“It opens up a lot of areas to hunting that can’t be hunted now,” said Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor). “That’s what my local governments and people were telling me they wanted.”

Property owners must give hunters permission to be on their land.

Wildlife advocates said the change was bad for both deer and humans. “It’s cruel for the deer and dangerous for humans,” said Bill Crain, president of East Hampton Group for Wildlife. He said bow hunting can lead to slow deaths for deer.

“A hundred and fifty feet — that’s awfully close. You could be in somebody’s yard where children are playing,” Crain said.

Hunters and local officials have advocated for easing hunting restrictions to help deal with the herd of 25,000 to 35,000 deer in Suffolk. The population has grown so large that the Long Island Farm Bureau entered into a controversial agreement with sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cull deer in late February.

Cuomo’s proposed budget that he originally submitted included easing the distance restrictions, as well as allowing for crossbows to be used in hunts — which elderly and disabled hunters had sought.

The eventual budget bill allows crossbows to be used upstate, but not in Suffolk or Westchester counties. Deer hunting is not allowed in Nassau County. Thiele said the crossbows weren’t a focus of his efforts, and faced some opposition on Long Island.

Some hunters were disappointed that crossbow hunting won’t be allowed on Long Island.

John Blanco, 68, of Manorville, said he has been too weak to pull back a bow since he began fighting cancer in 1997.

“If you let the senior citizens or disabled people get crossbows,” Blanco said, “there’d be no need for the culling they have going on.”

Crossbows can be easier to cock than bows, which can require more upper body strength.

Allowing crossbows and easing the setback restrictions were recommended in the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Deer Management Plan, released in 2011.

“Archery shots taken at deer are typically discharged either on a horizontal plane or on a downward trajectory,” according to the report.”In these situations, an arrow travels only a short distance before either hitting the target or dropping to the ground.”

In the past 10 years, the report said, “the only reported injuries in New York State related to handling or discharge of bow-hunting equipment were 2 self-inflicted cuts from careless handling of arrows.” The 500 foot restriction on firearm hunting, which is only allowed during limited times in January in Suffolk, are unchanged.

Thiele had introduced a similar bill last year, but the bill did not make it out of the Environmental Conservation Committee, which is chaired by Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst).

“I’m comfortable,” Sweeney said Tuesday. “One hundred and fifty feet is more than adequate to keep people safe.”

Ted Nugent Was Paid $16,000 NOT to Appear At Local Event

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/ted-nugent-appearance-canceled_n_5009248.html

This Town Paid Ted Nugent $16,000 To NOT Appear At A Local Event
The Huffington Post | by Paige Lavender 03/21/2014

Ted Nugent just made big bucks to not show up somewhere.

The town of Longview, Texas paid Nugent $16,000 to not appear at the town’s Fourth of July Festival. According to KLTV, a city spokesman said Nugent was “not the right feel for this kind of community event.”

The city had reached a verbal agreement with Nugent, scheduling the rocker as the headliner who would play inside the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center during the town’s Independence Day celebration. To break that agreement, the town paid Nugent half of his guaranteed performance fee of $32,000 from Maude Cobb’s annual budget.

The move comes amid criticism of comments Nugent made about President Barack Obama in January 2014, calling him a “subhuman mongrel.” Nugent, who campaigned with Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott amid the controversy, apologized for those comments in February.

Abbott said he was moving on from the controversy over Nugent in late February, but his ties to the rocker remain a prominent talking point of both sides of the governor’s race. Abbott’s rival, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), called the Attorney General’s embrace of Nugent an “insult,” while former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R) cited the rocker in her endorsement of Abbott.

“If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!” Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

The situation with Longview is not unique. Nugent was removed from a concert lineup at a prominent military base in 2012 after saying he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama were re-elected that year.

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Stop the Crossbow Insanity in New York

This action alert from IDA answers to an disallowed comment from someone claiming to have “…a natural areas management background” (who must not have read this blogs “About” page wherein it is stated that pro-hunting comments will not be approved), “We also cull many deer here. But, we don’t make big anouncements about it. They cause many car related accidents and this is really the only way to handle them. The upside is the meat doesn’t go to waste, but to a food kitchen.” (I’m sure the deer appreciate knowing that.)

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In Defense of Animals

Oppose Legalizing Crossbows and Changing the Minimum Distance Requirement for Killing Wildlife from Occupied Dwellings

What’s next… throwing spears out of car windows to kill wildlife for fun?

We need your help to stop a proposal in New York that would legalize the use of crossbows. For bow hunting, it would also lower the current 500 foot minimum shooting distance from a home or occupied structure down to the outrageously dangerous distance of only 150 feet in order to further accommodate bow hunters.

There is a notable trend in relaxing crossbow hunting regulations across the nation, mainly in an effort to stem declining hunter numbers, by increasing hunting opportunities.

A current example is New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, who wants to legalize hunting with crossbows to kill deer and bears, and allow the use of crossbows just 150 feet from homes and other buildings.

Crossbows are short-range, lethal weapons from which the projectile is released by squeezing a trigger, rather than by manually releasing the string as with a longbow. They are essentially guns that shoot powerful arrows and weapons which appeal to inexperienced hunters.

What you can do:Send the letter below to the leaders of the New York Assembly and the Senate and Governor Cuomo and request that they amend Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget bill by deleting section I.

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As a supporter of In Defense of Animals (IDA) and an avid advocate for wildlife, and the safety of people, I am requesting that you amend Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget bill by deleting section I.

Governor Cuomo’s proposal seeks to legalize crossbows for hunting and allow their use at 150 feet from occupied buildings, while also limiting the liability for landowners who want to turn their property into killing grounds. This means that crossbows could be used near areas with high human traffic and activity homes and backyards with children, golf courses, parking lots, student housing, well-traveled roads and public trails, and parks where families spend time and walk their animal companions.

Hunting with crossbows is currently illegal in New York and limited in many other states for good reason; crossbows are inherently more dangerous than other types of hunting weapons. Crossbows require much less skill than compound, long, or recurve bows, which makes them attractive to inexperienced hunters, including children and teenagers.

The wounding rate of deer by bow hunters is already over 50%, which means that more than half of deer are shot but never retrieved by hunters. These animals suffer a prolonged and painful death, which is a direct violation of the “quick death” required by the code of ethics that so-called “sportsmen” claim to adhere to.

Governor Cuomo’s proposal is in line with a dangerous trend to relax bow hunting regulations nationwide to increase hunter recruitment and retention, at the expense of the safety of the non-hunting community, including many of your constituents.

Jeopardizing the safety of the majority of people in order to satisfy a minority of “sportsmen” is unacceptable. New Yorkers have the right to be safe and Governor Cuomo’s proposal should be rejected.

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Hunting accident sidelines Bassmaster champ

Tree stand-related accidents are the No. 1 way hunters suffer injuries during hunting season.

        By              Ed Zieralski Jan. 27, 2014
A tree stand accident knocked Bassmaster Champion Cliff Pace out of this year's Bassmaster Classic.
                A tree stand accident knocked Bassmaster Champion Cliff Pace out of this year’s Bassmaster Classic.                                    

Those who think hunter safety only relates to not pointing any gun, loaded or unloaded, in an unsafe way don’t know the scope of being safe in the field or woods.

Take what happened to Cliff Pace as a prime example of how a hunt can go wrong and not have anything to do with a gun. Pace, of Petal, Miss., is the defending champion of the Bassmaster Classic. He was set to defend that title next month at Lake Guntersville near Birmingham, Ala., but an accident in a tree stand last Friday when he was bow hunting during the late deer season knocked Pace out of the Classic. He broke his leg in two places after slipping while getting out of his stand.

I learned long ago that most of tree stand accidents happen getting in or getting out of the tree. I also learned that if you have a tendency to doze off in the woods when waiting for deer, climbing up into a tree stand isn’t a good idea unless you have a very good safety strap and vest to lock you in.

These are common sense deals, as are most hunter safety issues such as not crossing a fence with a loaded gun, leaning a gun against a vehicle, shooting without clearly identifying a target and background and not keeping a safety on when walking or waiting. But sometimes common sense takes a back seat when a big buck or long-bearded tom approaches.

In California, hunters must take a safety class and then pass a test before getting a hunter safety certificate that is required to get a hunting license. With turkey hunting season two months away, now’s the time to get that hunter safety certificate so you can take advantage of the best season of the year – spring gobbler. …

full story: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Jan/27/hunting-tree-stands-safety/

Other hunting accidents this month include:

Cullman Times Online  - ‎Jan 27, 2014‎
“This is just a tragic accident, and the young man who did the shooting, who was related to Tucker by marriage, was devastated,” Bartlett said.
WFN: World Fishing Network
U-T San Diego  - ‎Jan 27, 2014‎
Pace, of Petal, Miss., is the defending champion of the Bassmaster Classic. He was set to defend that title next month at Lake Guntersville near Birmingham, Ala.
wreg.com  - ‎Jan 29, 2014‎
But Tuesday, his cousin, 14-year old Trey Wilburn, was shot in a hunting accident. As he and another relative climbed into a deer stand, one of their guns went off, hitting Wilburn.
al.com  - ‎Jan 28, 2014‎
J. Wayne Fears, blaze orange, deer hunting.jpg View full sizeWhile hunting-related fatalities are rare taken in context to how many hours people put in the woods, one is too many considering they are all preventable.
wreg.com  - ‎Jan 28, 2014‎
Relatives say the 11-year-old and his 14-year-old brother went to hunt Tuesday morning in a wooded area behind their home, several miles east of the town of Como in Panola County.
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News  - ‎Jan 20, 2014‎
ELDORADO – Texas singer and songwriter Steven Fromholz has died in a hunting accident when a rifle fell and discharged. The Schleicher County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said the accident happened at the Flying B Ranch near Eldorado, about 40 miles 
Martha’s Vineyard Times
Martha’s Vineyard Times  - ‎Jan 7, 2014‎
Monster shark tourney organizer dead in duck hunting accident. This 2010 photo shows Steve James, president of the Boston Big Game Fishing Club and.
The Northwest Florida Daily News
The Northwest Florida Daily News  - ‎Jan 6, 2014‎
Tolar is the third hunter in the past few months to be injured. Kirkland said a person was seriously injured after they fell from a tree stand during the fall while hunting and broke several vertebrae. A Milton man was killed in late November when he
New York Daily News
New York Daily News  - ‎Jan 13, 2014‎
An upstate prosecutor is moving to indict a Long Island man who shot and killed a pal in a November hunting accident, the Daily News has learned.
WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC  - ‎Jan 2, 2014‎
Byers said officials were notified at about 4:30 pm Wednesday, that a father had accidentally shot his 8-year-old son while the pair was deer hunting. Byers said the boy was struck by stray buckshot during the incident and had to undergo surgery
KKTV 11 News  - ‎Jan 5, 2014‎
The Telluride Daily Planet reports Trenten Tyler Sutherland was shot in the head while hunting coyotes with two companions the night of Dec. 27.
Holmes County Times Advertiser
WJHG-TV  - ‎Jan 21, 2014‎
VERNON The Vernon Community is getting behind teenager who accidentally shot herself in a hunting accident Sunday. Doctors in Pensacola had to amputate part of 16 year old Andrea Wright’s right leg.
WXIA-TV
Post Searchlight  - ‎Jan 8, 2014‎
Matthew Jernigan, 17, was recovered from the Chattahoochee River in Seminole County Tuesday afternoon after he fell into the water while duck hunting with two other teenagers earlier that morning. Jernigan, a junior at Southwest Georgia Academy, Payson 
al.com (blog)  - ‎Jan 4, 2014‎
SUMTER COUNTY, Alabama – A man from the Birmingham area was fatally shot in a hunting accident early Saturday, a Mississippi news station has reported.
CMT.com
CMT.com  - ‎Jan 21, 2014‎
Singer-Songwriter Steve Fromholz Dies at 68 in Hunting Accident. Texan’s Songs Were Recorded by Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Others.
The Providence Journal
CBS Local  - ‎Jan 7, 2014‎
WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) _ Two duck hunters died and a third was rushed to a hospital Tuesday after they fell into the frigid waters of the Westport River when their boat capsized.
MyFoxAL  - ‎Jan 13, 2014‎
The county coroner’s office says 37-year-old Adam Scott Jordan died after another member of his three-person hunting group shot him.
WTVA  - ‎Jan 4, 2014‎
HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) – Authorities in Chickasaw County say a teenage boy was shot in the head when his hunting partner’s rifle accidentally fired.
Holmes County Times Advertiser
wmbb  - ‎Jan 20, 2014

Last chance to stop bowhunting in Cayuga Heights

PUBLIC HEARING –  Weds, Jan. 29th, at 7 PM

Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca, NY

Across from Community Corners, same building as the police station

Dear friends,

In December, we wrote to you about a new proposed law that will allow bowhunters and their deadly weapons into Cayuga Heights. Since then, the Cayuga Heights board of trustees has held two public hearings and made small adjustments to the law, which you can see in its latest form here: http://www.cayuga-heights.ny.us/doc/PLL-A-2014.pdf . Before they pass this new draft of the law, they are required to hold another public hearing, happening this Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 PM at the Village Hall (address above). Please attend. Even better, speak out. Better still, encourage others to join you.

This new law will allow deadly crossbows and compound bows to be discharged in residential neighborhoods — outside of hunting season, at all times throughout the year, including Summer, and even at night. In other words, there will be no time of year that it is safe for the people and animals in and around Cayuga Heights.

 Every hunting season, stories come out about dogs, cats and other “non-target” animals being wounded and killed by hunters. In a recent TV news story from Wisconsin, a woman tearfully described how she found her poor dog under a hunter’s tree stand, dead from a mortal wound from an arrow. The dog was left there for 3 days, to painfully die in a pool of her own blood. Please watch and share this news story, as it demonstrates the kind of tragedy that can easily unfold when hunters are introduced into a densely settled community like ours: http://tinyurl.com/kw3ryo9

Bow hunting is notoriously cruel. Numerous studies show that more than half the deer who are shot with arrows are never retrieved, running off to painfully bleed to death or live with a debilitating open wound. Their prolonged agony and deaths are no less horrific than the one the Wisconsin woman’s dog experienced. Desensitization to the killing of deer leads to other forms of desensitization and violence. Let’s teach our community’s children to respect wildlife and other animals, not condone their killing.

And what about the children? At the Jan. 13 meeting of the Village government, Cayuga Heights trustee Stephen Hamilton identified the most likely area where bowhunting will occur, based on available open space: A piece of land between Cornell and Cayuga Heights. A citizen in the audience commented that there is a daycare center in that area. This appeared to be of little concern to Mayor Kate Supron (former co-president of the Cayuga Heights PTA) or her fellow trustees. However, during the discussion, trustees Liz Karns and Diana Riesman expressed their preference for having deadly weapons discharged by professional contractors overseen by the Village government. It is yet to be seen whether they will vote in favor or against the law.

Mayor Kate Supron is obsessed with killing. How else can you explain this latest move when nearly 100% of the does in Cayuga Heights are now sterilized? Numerous residents are commenting on how they have noticed fewer fawns this year, and less deer browsing. After paying $150,000 of taxpayers’  money to sterilize an estimated 95% of the does in 2012, the Village spent nearly $3,000 per deer to sterilize the remaining 12 at the end of 2013. So how does the mayor justify killing these same deer? The answer is, she has no justification other than her opinion that there are still “too many deer.” She contends there should be only a fraction of the deer that the village currently has, yet she refuses to allow the sterilization program play out long enough to achieve the desired result. She also refuses to address questions from her constituents about how she plans to prevent fertile does in surrounding areas from moving in to take the place of sterile does who have been killed by the bowhunters she now wants to allow in. Sadly, as we have seen over and over again, logic, reason, science and ethics have no role in the Mayor’s agenda.

This new law poses a threat to ALL of us, not just those who live in the village. Most of us drive on Cayuga Heights roads, many of us take walks, jog or ride bikes there. Hundreds of people live in proximity to the village border. The safety of their families and companion animals are threatened by the discharge of deadly weapons that could just as easily maim or kill a human as a deer. These neighboring residents are just as likely to have bowhunters trespassing on their land, and injured/dying deer show up in their yards, as Cayuga Heights residents.

The opposition is growing. Earlier this month, an open letter protesting the law, signed by 44 residents, was sent out to people who live in and around Cayuga Heights. Please join these engaged citizens and be a voice for safety, non-violence, and common sense!

Thank you for staying involved throughout this long struggle. We know it hasn’t always been easy, but there is no denying that our work together thus far has prevented the mass-slaughter of the Cayuga Heights deer, and all the violence and ugliness that an annual wildlife killing program would bring.

Your friends,

Jenny, James and Eric, on behalf of CayugaDeer.org

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Attend Wednesday’s hearing and speak out! Please also encourage others to join you, especially those who are most affected by this new law, and may not realize the potential risks to their safety.

If you can’t attend, please take a moment now to send a quick email to the trustees expressing your opposition to this new law. It can just be one sentence, the important thing is that they hear from people who are against the new law before they vote on it on Wednesday night. Their addresses are: mayor@cayuga-heights.ny.usrrobinson@cayuga-heights.ny.uspsalton@cayuga-heights.ny.usccrooker@cayuga-heights.ny.usekarns@cayuga-heights.ny.usdriesman@cayuga-heights.ny.usshamilton@cayuga-heights.ny.usjsteinmetz@cayuga-heights.ny.us

CITIZENS FOR SAFE, ETHICAL AND RATIONAL APPROACHES TO REDUCING DEER-HUMAN CONFLICT

[Here's an example of the unethical and irrational]:

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The Guns of Mid-Winter

When I wrote my book, Exposing the Big Game, its subtitle, Living Targets of a Dying Sport, was appropriate. But like so many things in this rapidly changing world, by the time the book came out, that subtitle was becoming obsolete. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, the sport of blasting birds, murdering deer, culling coyotes and plunking at prairie dogs—in a word, hunting—is seeing a seemingly inexplicable resurgence.

Lately we’re seeing longer hunting seasons on everything from elk to geese to wolves, with more new or expanded “specialty” hunts like archery, crossbow, spear (and probably soon, poison blow gun) in states across the country, than at any time in recent memory. Meanwhile, more Americans are taking up arms against the animals and wearing so much camo—the full-time fashion statement of the cruel and unusual—that it’s starting to look ordinary and even, yuppified.

So, when did cruel become the new cool and evil the new everyday? Are the recruiting efforts of the Safari Club and the NRA finally striking a cord? Did the staged “reality” show “Survivor” lead to the absurdly popular thespian cable spin-offs like, “Call of the Wildman,” “Duck Dynasty” and a nasty host of others? Is “art” imitating life, or is life imitating “art?” Did the author of the Time Magazine article, “America’s Pest Problem: It’s Time to Cull the Herd,” ratchet up the call for even more animal extermination?

Whatever the reason, I don’t remember ever hearing so many shotguns and rifles blasting away during the last week of January. By the sound of the gunfire, coupled with the unseasonably dry and warm weather here in the Pacific Northwest, you’d swear it was early autumn.

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2014. All Rights Reserved

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2014. All Rights Reserved

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

Most of you remember the buck in Oregon who was hit by an arrow. Apparently the wound wasn’t too deep and the arrow worked its way back out. Here he is now; Buck showed back up just the other day at the home of the woman who worked so hard to keep him safe throughout the rest of hunting season. I’m sure for her, this was the best Christmas gift she could ever hope for!!

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