NJ Article: Animal-rights advocates slam bow-hunting proposal
- Someone sent me a letter today with Shakespeare's take on lawyers:
"the first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." Henry VI, Part
Will, you'll never know how right you were. (And if I really need
to say it, I'm not supporting violence.)
I bet all those who gave money to support the lawyers in Princeton
are happy to know that it went to promoting bowhunting because
bowhunting produces a "humane kill" and that deer are a "resource".
Animal-rights advocates slam bow-hunting proposal
By: David Campbell , Staff Writer 01/31/2003
Attorney for hunters dismisses critics as fringe 'extremists' who give
animal rights a bad name.
Animal-rights advocates expressed outrage at a proposal this week
foes of Princeton Township's lethal deer-management plan that seeks to
supplant deer killing by sharpshooters and captive-bolt guns with a
of coordinated bow hunting.
Attorney Falk Engel, who presented the bow-hunting plan to the
Committee Monday night on behalf of Robbinsville resident Robert
his group, Hunters Advocate, dismissed his critics as
who give animal rights a bad name.
Stuart Chaifetz of the League of Animal Protection Voters accused
Engel of forging an unholy alliance with hunters that betrays animal
Mr. Chaifetz said the state Fish and Game Council, which this
rejected the township's proposal to undertake a third year of culling
rifles and bolting in conjunction with an experimental birth-control
program, used net-and-bolt to "blackmail" the municipality into
its public lands to sport hunting.
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions," Mr. Chaifetz
"Net-and-bolt is obviously cruel, but so is bow hunting."
In fact, the animal-rights advocate said, bow hunting is probably
because it has a high wounding rate and animals die from loss of
"We feel stunned, betrayed and angry," he said. "Their efforts
result in increased cruelty."
Sue Russell, also of the League of Animal Protection Voters, said
Hunters Advocate plan shows "a promethean ignorance of deer-population
ecology" because limited killing by means such as bow hunting spurs
reproduction, and called it "indefensible."
"With friends this god-awful stupid," Ms. Russell said of bow
"animals don't need enemies."
Angi Metler, director of New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance,
are appalled and will not be party to any collaboration between
attorneys calling for anyone to kill deer in Princeton or anywhere
Mr. Engel described his camp as "a centrist mainstream coalition"
rejects extremism of any stripe, and said he was not surprised by the
"It's never been our ambition to speak for the voices of
whether it's Mayor Phyllis Marchand and the animal-extermination
the outer periphery of animal-protection militants," he said.
The attorney disputed Mr. Chaifetz's claim that bow hunting is
inhumane than bolting, noting, "I believe that skilled and
hunters shooting properly will produce a more humane kill." Mr. Engel
hunters under the proposal by Hunters Alliance would be tested for
Mr. Engel called the plan a compromise that was "immensely
to the township's pending program, as it protects the public from
high-powered rifle fire and protects the rights of hunters.
"Extremists do not speak for animal protection," the attorney
"When a few shrill voices give the impression that that's what animal
rights is all about, it's very destructive."
To illustrate his point, Mr. Engel said his group tried
to find the culprit who vandalized Mayor Marchand's car with animal
entrails in the wake of culling last winter.
"It illustrates extremism, and that's precisely why we refuse to
associate with them," he said.
Bruce Afran, co-counsel with Mr. Engel on behalf of more than 30
plaintiffs in several legal actions against the township over its deer
cull, said critics have a right to their views, and in turn should
recognize the rights of others, including hunters.
"The point is that the resource is being destroyed by Princeton
completely, and both the nature lover and the hunter lose out," Mr.
said. "What we're doing is fighting for the rights of all the people
have rights to use this resource."
Last winter, White Buffalo, the wildlife-management firm hired by
township to cull the herd, killed 303 deer with sharpshooting and
bolting. In 2001, White Buffalo sharpshooters killed 322 deer.
Township officials have said the program is a safe and humane
reduce deer-car collisions, the spread of Lyme disease and damage to
gardens and the ecosystem caused by deer overpopulation.
The township's goal is a herd of about 320 deer. A survey
helicopter in December counted about 680 deer, township officials have
said, compared to an estimated herd of 1,600 in 2000 before the start
On Monday night, the Township Committee decided to resubmit in
third-year deer-management plan to the Fish and Game Council, with
concessions to hunters.
The township promises non-encroachment on private lands used by
clubs and to consider opening some public lands to sport hunting in
for the 2003-2004 hunting season.
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