Cornell University is an American private university and has its main campus in Ithaca, New York. Like Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University, it is one of the Ivy League’s eight universities and one of the world’s most prestigious universities (Wikipedia).
Cornell University is allowing bowhunters into Sapsucker Woods—its 226-acre wildlife “sanctuary”—in a misguided effort to control deer populations.
Not only is the plan unethical, it will also fail.
Studies have found that for every deer killed, at least one other is shot but escapes. The “wound rate” exceeds 50 percent. Those who somehow survive long enough to escape endure a prolonged, agonizing death—some can take weeks to die. Bowhunters typically spend hours tracking their blood trails.
And hunting doesn’t decrease populations—it creates a spike in the food supply, which increases breeding among survivors and attracts newcomers. The result is an endless killing cycle that destroys deer families.
The Lab of Ornithology, which oversees Sapsucker Woods, says its mission, in part, is “to make conservation work.” Allowing hunting flies in the face of any notion of conservation. Deer populations can be managed with contraceptive vaccines, fencing, repellants, and other methods that are both humane and effective.
A sanctuary should be a place of refuge, not a killing field. Please, speak up for deer—many of whom could face a slow, agonizing death—and ask Cornell University not to allow them to be hunted.
My comment: When I read the message, I immediately asked myself:
Do we have to say that to a renowned university? Do we need the petition?
All the high-paid professors and scientists who teach the intellectual elite of tomorrow really need this petition?
Is not their brain enough to understand that by itself?
That an educated person should, as a first priority, have the empathy and the respect for every living being?
That the hunt is murder, and a renowned institution, such as the University of Cornell, should first know it, and does not allow this form of murder in their territory?
Yes! Obviously the university needs the petition to know that the public is aware of it.
Because, obviously the university not only pursues science but also hunting business.
We sign all this petition!
My best regards, Venus