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End Cruelties of Scottish Deer Cull

End Cruelties of Scottish Deer Cull
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Singer James ‘Arg’ Argent’s December 17th Tweet told only part of the story:

Guys iv had a serious car crash in Dundee, I am ok and on the way back home to Essex. This has really taught me some things, Love you all! X

Pictures of the blood-spattered, mangled vehicle showed how serious the accident was.

After a performance at Dundee University, Arg, his manager and their driver were heading to the airport. At 5:30 a.m. the road was still shrouded in darkness. Suddenly a deer bounded in front of the vehicle. The driver swerved but could not avoid hitting the deer. A car coming the other way struck it again. Although they could not find it afterward, Argent said they assumed the deer died of its injuries.

7,000 Collisions a Year

The accident made Argent another cipher in Scottish statistics that report 7,000 deer-related collisions every year. In an ironic twist, the country’s push to establish more forested areas and greenbelts has resulted in both lush habitat and killing fields. Biodiversity has increased the number of roe and sika deer. Along with that have come interactions between the deer on one side and vehicles, gardens and pets on the other.

Recent harsh winters have also pushed deer into lower altitudes and into areas where humans run into them, figuratively and literally. So the Scottish parliament enacted new legislation that requires councils to have policies for dealing with wildlife, including culling.

Deer stalking (hunting) has a long tradition in Scotland, but even those who view it as sport are questioning what is happening now in the name of keeping deer numbers in check. Reports by walkers and gamekeepers are raising serious concerns about the way in which culling is being carried out.

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2:39PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

I'm quite surprised by this. Deer stalking holidays are enormously economically important in Scotland, and most of the bloody country is empty. People pay thousands of dollars to spend a weekend at a remote hunting lodge, stalking deer with the assistance of a ghillie, and most of them come away empty handed. Reintroducing wolves sounds like a good idea for a second, until you picture all of those empty Highland valleys, devoid of anything for them to eat, other than sheep.

8:47PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

So sad, signed.

8:40PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Too many Animals are killed by Mean People. Whether it being run over or just ignorance! Thank You

6:32PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Before humans made their debut on this planet, all animals were getting along s they do. Then, we evolve and start getting uppity and we think we know what we're doing by culling and reintroducing and what we are actually doing is messing up everything we lay hands on!

12:29PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

I think that ALL motor vehicles should have sonic wildlife chasers installed on the front bumper. This small plastic device produces a high pitched sound when the vehicle is in motion. The sound (virtually unheard by humans) produced chases animals away from the highway where the vehicle is moving. It seems that this cheap and easy addition could end much of the carnage.

10:28AM PST on Mar 8, 2013


8:47PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

signed and shared

7:07PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

STOP ENCROACHING on their habitat !! stop killing wolves fox rabbits etc which is their food source and will help keep them in the woods Why is mans solution to kill everything??that is really intelligent

5:38PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

We need to stop killing the wolves and the problem would be solved.

10:00AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Why can't this world be 80% animal would be so beautiful and peaceful.

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