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Animals deserve compassion too - article in local paper

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by MissedAgain, Feb 10, 2007.

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  1. MissedAgain

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    I would call and cancel this subscription...but is just shows up in the mailbox every week...free.

    Stafford used to be such a nice place to live...sigh....

    PS - Tried to find the article on-line with no success. Spelling errors are probably my fault!

    Stafford County Sun
    February 9-15, 2007

    Viewpoint

    Animals deserve compassion too

    Wreck shouldn’t lead to deer dinner

    On a recent cold, clear night I headed from Prince William County to Stafford by way of U.S. 1. I just left a birthday party for my dad, and driving through Dumfries, came upon a car stopped abruptly in the roadway.

    I saw no reason why it would have stopped, and when I turned the wheel to slowly drive around as another vehicle did, the car in question suddenly backed into me, smashing the right front side of my car.

    Apparently the driver had hit a deer a minute or so prior, and was likely disoriented. According to a witness who stopped, two deer had attempted to cross the road when the car collided with the second deer.

    I looked back, at first unable to see anything in the roadway, but soon it was clear.

    The deer had died.

    A fire engine arrived and emergency workers blocked off part of the road. In the distance, I saw them pull the deer to the side of the road. No one else was hurt.

    Upset, I fixated on the deer and felt horrible that the accident ended its life.

    I looked at my car, which was thankfully still drivable, and has since been repaired.

    Nearby, a man and several school-age children lingered, checking out the accident scene. I heard him ask if he could have the deer carcass.

    What?!

    I was happy to hear the response: “No, animal control will take care of it.”
    Undeterred, the man lurked around as the Dumfries Police Department took an accident report.

    He posed his question to the police, and this time the answer was different. He was, quite surprisingly, allowed to take the deer home for dinner.

    Horrified, I questioned why this would be allowed to happen. I wanted to know if this was a normal occurrence, if there is a policy on such a thing and whether or not I was the only one disgusted.

    “Billy Bob”, as I’ll call him, had no vehicle in sight. Instead, he picked the deer up, flung it over his shoulder and walked into an adjacent neighborhood. I imagined him kicking open his front door, while calling, “Honey, I’m home and I brought dinner!” His wife would emerge, I thought, only to see him standing in the doorway with a blood-stained carcass.

    I would be surprised if there are any dinner guests out there who would look forward to eating food just hit by a Toyota Corolla. Last time I checked we were living in the year 2007 and not on the prairie with Laura, Pa and Mary. We even have grocery stores.

    I highly doubt the carcass grabber was poor, had no food or was struggling to survive until a stroke of good luck hit him in the form of a dead deer. Also, the argument that a person is making good use of the meat since the animal is already dead, is ridiculous.

    I suppose a man who believes that also won’t mind if upon his own death, sandwich meat is made from his body. Why should the way we treat animals be so very different from how people are regarded?
    Author Jean Paul Richter once asked, “Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, fur, feather or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?”

    I listened as an officer explained that when deer are killed on roadways, it’s not uncommon for authorities to allow people to take home the carcasses. Most of the time, the deer are thrown in dumpsters anyway, he said. People even lie in wait listening to police scanners.

    Regarding Billy Bob, the officer told me I should be happy to see him carrying the deer instead of dragging it. To me, the animal was ending up on a dinner table and that was what was really wrong with this picture.
    For the record, I don’t eat meat. It wasn’t always that way; in fact, for most of my life I did. Still, my reaction would’ve been the same as a meat-eater.

    Later, I verified in Dumfries, Prince William County as a whole and Stafford, that removing dead animals like deer from the roads is mainly the responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
    VDOT spokesman Tina Bundy said that with limited resources, the department wouldn’t mind if someone wanted to remove them. A call to Animal Control in Stafford confirmed it would be OK here too.

    Remove? OK. Remove for a snack? There’s a big difference.

    It comes down to compassion. Animals, even upon accidental death, should be treated humanely.

    And death on purpose? That’s another anti-hunting column in itself.
    As artist Pierre Troubetzkoy said, “Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by what is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?”

    Tracy Bell is a staff writer with the Stafford County Sun. Contact her at tbell@staffordcountysun.com
     
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  3. Jrsmith

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    I have compassion for animals such as deer... it's called a 'kill shot'.

    nuff said.
     
  4. Art Eatman

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    "Waste not, want not."

    Excellent letter, jl.

    Invite her down to the Roadkill Roadhouse Cafe. Pontiacked Possum pate'. Roadster rack of Raccoon. "Horse-doovers" du Cheval Chevrolet. Dogburger d'Dodge.

    :), Art
     
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    I don't remember if WV passed the bill giving the driver of the car that option...

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    It's already been "grilled"...
     
  6. Lupinus

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    of course it is barbaric

    it should be taken to a hill somewhere, where the sun will shine bright on its grave. With flowers all around, birds singing in the air, freshly fallen acorns across the ground....

    oh who we kidding, kill um and grill um.
     
  7. Kingcreek

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    Great letter jlb.
    I'm willing to bet that Tracy's ancesters ate meat. Go back a couple generations and I'll bet they even killed it and dragged it home.
    People like Tracy Bell just don't get it. Probably never will, no matter how many letters they get.
     
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    Well There's you problem, right there

     
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    I guess it's better to let the meat rot and go to waste?:rolleyes: Well, I reckon the vultures and coyotes and bobcats need to eat, but if I bang up my van on a deer, by golly I'm at LEAST gettin' some blasted sausage out of it! The game wardens are supposed to get it in Texas, if they know about it. I don't think they need the meat as bad as I do, they make more money'n me.
     
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    I reread it and still didn't find where the driver ever declared what his intentions for the carcass were.

    Another hyper-emotion activist jumping to conclusions....
     
  11. billp

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    rock chucks

    I shot rock chucks in se washington [near pullman] with a remington 788 .22-250 using 52 gr speer hp.

    Frequently, not occassionally, first shot would not kill rock chuck.

    Once I heard one scream. Not good.

    So I discontinued use of .22-250 and used 30-06 with 130 gr speer hp.

    Kill on first shot.
     
  12. Atticus

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    As they say, "you are what you eat". It's obvious that she eats only fruits and vegetables.
     
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    Treat animals like humans and humans like animals. Stupid people.
    Why waste a animal that some one could use as food? Idiots.
     
  14. Kingcreek

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    You forgot nuts.

    Sorry to go OT, but...
    I have yet to meet a healthy vegetarian. The low protein and generally incomplete amino acids, coupled with the usually high carb, junky food leaves them angry and frustrated, with low labido, thin brittle hair and nails, and poor skin color.
    I feel more pity for them than I do the deer.
    Maybe I should write her a letter also.
     
  15. Lupinus

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    vegitarians don't bother me, heck I have gone weeks without eating meat before. It is the angry ZOMG YOU ATE A COW :what: types that annoy me.

    And vegans (eat no animals or animal products like milk butter cheese and eggs)

    I never understood how the microscopic animals living on a vegans salad don't count

    Also I could never understand vegitarians who eat fish. I mean really, fish are animals.
     
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    Well.... I wouldn't eat it, not because of any moral qualms, but because I think it's gross to eat roadkill. But this vegetarian is just one of the far out wack jobs. Treated humanely? How is it inhumane to eat a dead animal?

    BTW billp, where do you go to shoot around pullman? There seems to be a lack of public land around here.
     
  17. Kingcreek

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    OT again, but if a 22-250 doesn't make a humane kill on a rockchuck, it ain't the rifle's fault.
    Nuthin gross about eating roadkill as long as it isn't overly "road-tenderized".
    A LEO friend of mine responded to a call where he found that a newlywed couple leaving thier reception for the honeymoon hit a fat tender yearling in the head with thier VW Jetta just as the deer walked out of the ditch and onto the road. Not a mark on the deer anywhere below the head. He called me and woke me up at 2am and offered me the roadkill since I lived nearby and the driver apparently did not want to claim the carcass. The newlyweds went on thier way with a broken headlight, I had tenderloin for breakfast!
     
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    I propose this question to her .A car goes off the road into a corn field .Do you pick up the corn from the knocked down stalks and use it for food, leave it to rot or be eaten by the racoons, or do you give it a decent burial ????
     
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    Here in RI

    there is a state program in which rod and gun clubs can be on a salvage list for hit deer.
     
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    Fish isn't meat. It's seafood. :rolleyes:

    I have never gone out hunting. I just don't think I'd like it. I would definitely kill a creature to survive in the woods, however, so don't think I'd rather be stupid and starving. I have no problem with someone carting off a freshly killed deer with a Ford tatoo, because presumably, that is going to be eaten. This article author is obviously not in touch with what real conservation is. I'd have brought up (in conversation, were it to happen) that anything big enough to want to eat the thing would have to go to the side of the road to get it, and likely get hit itself. Otherwise, it will get dumped somewhere by the DOT for compost, if it's lucky.
     
  22. The Rifleman

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    Must have been some Yankee driver that wrote that article.

    Up here and in West Virginia - road kill is considered a delicacy..

    Who cares how it was killed? What did you think that the State was going to do - give it a funeral with a casket?

    God put that deer on this earth to serve a purpose - that purpose was to feed his people. Ya you got grocery stores - where else you going to get the catsup to go along with the deer meat?

    Yes there are people out there that are a little down on their luck and I know of many of them that I brought home road killed deer for and all I ever heard was thank you. They ate it all.

    With the price of beef hitting $4 a pound here - you aren't going to see any road killed deer here along the road anytime in the next 3 months.
     
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    Well, I wouldn't eat it, but that's just because eating roadkill just sounds kinda gross in my mind. I know, logically, there's nothing wrong with it. (That, and I don't care for the taste of venison too much, unless it's jerky)

    BTW, I am a hunter. Every time me or my dad kill a deer, we always give it the nice old lady that used to clean my gramma's house before she got too old. She would always bake us the most decadent 12-layer chocolate cake...OMG, it's the best cake you'll ever eat. Like 3 pounds of frosting!


    Anyway, the point is that you never let anything go to waste when there's someone else out there who would use it!
     
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    as to disgusting it depends how the deeer was hit. If you smacked it in the head its chow time and you bet your nitty gritty that puppy is getting loaded up in the same car I just hit it with lol.

    Now if it just about made it and I whacked it in the aft end of the body? Heck no with as much internal gut damage as that deer probably has it is staying right where it is.
     
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    a deer I have in my freezer right now was picked up off of the highway. I didnt hit it but it couldnt have been there for more than an hour or two. Well driving to hunt deer i didnt see it. then when i didnt get a deer hunting, driving to eat at waffle house it was laying right on the side of the road. I picked it up and then butchered it. My gf has never noticed the difference:D . Some pretty good meat, except for the one side that was all smashed in. probably a semi truck hit it and kept going.
     
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