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Protesters Gather In East Hampton Village To Oppose Deer Culling

These county executives MUST be voted out of office next election.,They are clearly not fit to serve as witnessed by their abuse of power in their refusal to find nonlethal methods to control the deer population. I am appalled and shocked they would allow government assassins ( the USDA) into our village with OUR tax money in our name .Shame on all of the them . The Long Island Farm Bureau has also signed on with the USDA and was the promoter of this cruel massacre to begin with. The best advise by our local college students is to BOYCOTT all member businesses and farmers who are members of the LIFB ,and to only make our purchases from humane local farmers. If we can't stop the slaughter we certainly can spend our money elsewhere." Jan 19, 14 9:12 AM

TYPO " Jan 19, 14 10:03 AM

BEFORE you BUY ask WHY the LONG ISLAND FARM BUREAU is promoting the largest deer slaughter in NY history. BUY HUMANE ONLY.........." Jan 21, 14 8:39 AM

Farmer friendly now farmer DEADLY. Be an ethical consumer DON'T BUY from the LONG ISLAND FARM BUREAU and their members.STOP their gruesome plan to massacre LONG ISLANDS DEER.BUY HUMANE ONLY ." Jan 22, 14 6:15 AM

Cuomo Seeks Hunting Regulation Changes; Deer Hunting Areas May Open Up

Hunting...the least honorable form of war on the weak. Andrew Cuomo has lost my vote in the next election. A person who lacks mercy is not morally fit to lead. I have lost all respect for him. Mark Twain once said " Of all the creatures ever made, Man is the most detestable. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain " " Jan 29, 14 8:14 PM

Andrew Coumo , with all the material things your father Mario gave you. he failed to give you the most important one.......compassion and respect for all living things. We are not helpless we will purchase from humane businesses and vote for humane politicians. Therein lies our power to change this state from acceptable and indifferent animal cruelty to animal protection and conservation. It may take time but we will get there little by little person by person .We must do this before it's too late for our children and grandchildren." Jan 30, 14 1:40 PM

North Haven Seeks Multi-Year Deer Culling Contract

Good read: Ethical customers and suppliers are becoming increasingly informed about the treatment of animals and are boycotting companies that support cruel practices. This results in a negative impact on a business’s bottom line and could potentially lead to bankruptcy, according to organizational psychologist Clare Mann, publisher of The Animal Effect magazine.

"To ignore the implications of this, believing that your organization has little to worry about, is to ignore a massive threat to the viability of your business," she warns.
Mann, who has worked with many large-scale corporations in the US and internationally, says that companies must integrate an ethical leadership strategy into their operations to avoid becoming the target of negative publicity campaigns.

" Mar 2, 14 5:31 PM

Southold Cull Begins After Lawsuit Against Town Is Thrown Out

Many ordinary New Yorkers like myself are disgusted and sickened that our area would permit the largest mass slaughter of the Long Islands deer in NY history. I never thought it could happen here. Why were all humane options not even considered? This could have placed Southold in a good light as fair and decent people. It's even more upsetting that Farmers and especially the Long Island Farm Bureau and the town of Southold actually put a contract out with the USDA to massacre our deer. It seems like a bad dream. I was happy the DEC backed away from exterminating the beautiful and majestic mute swans ,but the killing has gone forward and the deer are being horrifically murdered. We feel helpless to stop it. So the end result is we can't stop the killing.... it's too late. We can stop buying from those who proposed this nightmare.You say you want to donate the deer meat from those deer you murdered ? Maybe you should also donate all the wine and produce that people are no longer purchasing along with it. I know won't shop here again." Mar 5, 14 8:36 AM

This massacre is a perfect example of private interests being paid for with public (taxpayer) money. Meantime the folks on LI pay the highest taxes in the country, part of which is going towards this gruesome deer massacre when humane solutions were available but dismissed .Next election vote these people out of office .They are not fit to serve the best interests of people or animals." Mar 11, 14 8:40 AM


Long Island Deer Win Reprieve as Judge Puts Temporary Hold on Planned Cull

Monday, March 10, 2014

Washington, DC—A state court judge in New York issued a temporary injunction on Thursday to prevent new permits from being issued to kill deer as part of the Long Island Deer Cull Project—one of the largest planned deer slaughters in the country. The injunction comes in response to a lawsuit filed on March 6, 2014, by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and a group of local organizations in Suffolk County to stop the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from issuing the permits until the DEC fully evaluates the environmental impacts of the cull, as required by state law. The diverse group of plaintiffs includes eastern Long Island citizens and conservation, animal welfare, and local hunting organizations.

“While this court order does not stop the killing, it does slow the DEC-led deer killing frenzy occurring on eastern Long Island,” explained Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “The court acted in a manner consistent with the law and we would now welcome a DEC decision to cease issuing permits, repeal existing permits, and subject its program to the requisite environmental review.”

The Long Island Deer Cull Project, devised by the Long Island Farm Bureau and the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program, calls for the killing of potentially thousands of deer over several years on eastern Long Island. Under the Project, federal sharpshooters using high-powered weapons would shoot deer over bait piles or potentially trap and shoot groups of deer using nets.

“As a society, we need to stop using bullets to address deer-human conflicts and, instead, use existing non-lethal techniques and seek out new strategies for living with deer,” adds D.J. Schubert, wildlife biologist for AWI. “We believe most citizens of eastern Suffolk County, knowing the facts, would be outraged by this slaughter. Yet their voices and concerns have been ignored by the DEC, Wildlife Services, the Long Island Farm Bureau, and the municipalities, which refuse to consider feasible and effective alternatives to wholesale slaughter.”

The temporary injunction issued by the court will remain in place until at least March 28, 2014, when a hearing on a preliminary injunction is currently scheduled to occur.

Plaintiffs in addition to AWI include the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island, Hunters for Deer, LLC, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Inc., and several individuals. The plaintiffs are being represented by Jeffrey S. Baker and Jessica R. Vigars of Young/Sommer LLC in Albany, one of the preeminent environmental law firms in New York state.

Media Contact:
D.J. Schubert, Animal Welfare Institute, (202) 390-7680, dj@awionline.org

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application/pdf iconSimon Affidavit" Mar 12, 14 6:46 AM

Deer Activists File Lawsuit To Stop Southold Deer Kill


Long Island Deer Win Reprieve as Judge Puts Temporary Hold on Planned Cull

Monday, March 10, 2014

Washington, DC—A state court judge in New York issued a temporary injunction on Thursday to prevent new permits from being issued to kill deer as part of the Long Island Deer Cull Project—one of the largest planned deer slaughters in the country. The injunction comes in response to a lawsuit filed on March 6, 2014, by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and a group of local organizations in Suffolk County to stop the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from issuing the permits until the DEC fully evaluates the environmental impacts of the cull, as required by state law. The diverse group of plaintiffs includes eastern Long Island citizens and conservation, animal welfare, and local hunting organizations.

“While this court order does not stop the killing, it does slow the DEC-led deer killing frenzy occurring on eastern Long Island,” explained Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “The court acted in a manner consistent with the law and we would now welcome a DEC decision to cease issuing permits, repeal existing permits, and subject its program to the requisite environmental review.”

The Long Island Deer Cull Project, devised by the Long Island Farm Bureau and the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program, calls for the killing of potentially thousands of deer over several years on eastern Long Island. Under the Project, federal sharpshooters using high-powered weapons would shoot deer over bait piles or potentially trap and shoot groups of deer using nets.

“As a society, we need to stop using bullets to address deer-human conflicts and, instead, use existing non-lethal techniques and seek out new strategies for living with deer,” adds D.J. Schubert, wildlife biologist for AWI. “We believe most citizens of eastern Suffolk County, knowing the facts, would be outraged by this slaughter. Yet their voices and concerns have been ignored by the DEC, Wildlife Services, the Long Island Farm Bureau, and the municipalities, which refuse to consider feasible and effective alternatives to wholesale slaughter.”

The temporary injunction issued by the court will remain in place until at least March 28, 2014, when a hearing on a preliminary injunction is currently scheduled to occur.

Plaintiffs in addition to AWI include the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island, Hunters for Deer, LLC, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Inc., and several individuals. The plaintiffs are being represented by Jeffrey S. Baker and Jessica R. Vigars of Young/Sommer LLC in Albany, one of the preeminent environmental law firms in New York state.

Media Contact:
D.J. Schubert, Animal Welfare Institute, (202) 390-7680, dj@awionline.org

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File Attachment:



application/pdf iconComplaint


application/pdf iconMemorandum of Law


application/pdf iconSimon Affidavit


application/pdf iconTemporary Restraining Order March 6, 2014


" Mar 12, 14 8:42 AM

North Haven Appears To Have Completed Its Deer Cull

One question.. Was this deer killing carried out with taxpayer funds??? If so the public has the right to know the facts .The veil of secrecy must come down. Shame on North Haven." Mar 31, 14 7:48 AM

Their secret solution is not going over well with many people in the community."They're turning our community into an open-air slaughter house,"
The community feels disrespected. "The idea that this has been secretly going on out in the shadows is really upsetting," a local resident said.
There's no way that people in this community had any idea that trapping and bolting of deer was happening all around our town, with our taxpayer money. Next election it's time for these officials and their back room planning to go.
" Apr 4, 14 9:50 AM

Deer Slaughter Under Way In Southampton Town

The Southold/Southampton deer slaughter will continue. The notorious USDA Wildlife Services will continue shooting deer lured to bait. Southold is now known as the city who kills it's wildlife. It is a town of politics without principle and science without humanity.
Southold leaders are dragging the reputation of the city of Southold into the gutter. USDA/ WS gunning program has recently caused ten human fatalities and 28 injuries. They are known to be environmentally abusive and unethical. No wonder WS likes to stay under the radar under a veil of secrecy.
Southold the town without pity. Your legacy of cruelty lives on. The boycott of your produce/wine also lives on and is growing .Your products will die on the vine like the deer you so cruelly massacre." Apr 4, 14 9:27 PM

VOS(539) is your real name? YOU are a fraud. Here is a letter from someone who has personally witnessed the horror of a deer massacre........ Jack J. Schrier
Mendham Road
Mendham, NJ 07945
To Whom It May Concern:
I write from my personal experience as a member of the NJ Fish &
Game Council for the five years, 2000-2005. To put it simply, I
deplore consideration of using the “net-and-bolt” method to kill deer
in our municipalities. No civilized community would think that net and-bolt is a good idea.
Net-and-bolt is used in commercial slaughterhouses where the
animals (usually cattle) are herded into a restricted, narrow single
lane, unable to wriggle let along struggle. But in the field, at a baited site, a weighted net is dropped onto free roaming deer and hunters hurriedly clamber over to it to shoot retractable bolts into the animals’ head. There, the poor creatures do struggle, do scream, and do try mightily to escape their fate. That natural and instinctive activity makes it virtually impossible in many instances for the bolt to be used accurately with a single shot.
Too often the bolt misses the target, followed by second-and third
attempts before getting the bolt into the deer. Even then, the head
often is missed entirely.
As a Fish & Game Council member, I consistently voted against the
use of net-and-bolt.
Certain it is not. Swift, it is not. Humane, it surely is not. In
Princeton Township where houses are relatively close and ample
hunting distance is not readily available, and where the citizenry
raised a loud outcry against shooting there, net-and-bolt was turned
to while at the same time keeping the public away from the killing
fields.
The US Veterinarians’ Association has stated publicly that net-and bolt is not appropriate for use in the field.
If this loathsome slaughterhouse killing method is employed in any
town, it will debase that town and its good people.
Sincerely,
Jack Schrier" Apr 5, 14 7:39 AM

Keep up the fight to stop this horrific massacre of the deer . Remember these words ..... When injustice becomes law, defiance becomes duty.....One person with courage is a majority. –Thomas Jefferson We commend you for your courage in standing up for what is right .We the many are behind you 100 percent.
" Apr 6, 14 8:00 PM