Nearly a month ago, we asked you to call legislators to express your support for House Bill 5321, which would prevent another atrocity like Ann Arbor’s deer sterilization program from being authorized. Since the bill has been referred to a subcommittee led by Representatives Curt VanderWall, Joseph Bellino, and Sara Cambensy, with no action to date, we need to light up the phones once again!

Introduced by Representative Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) at the beginning of December, HB 5321 would prohibit the Department from issuing permits that authorize the sterilization of game.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been pushing communities and state agencies around the country to adopt sterilization as a way to prevent urban bowhunting or future culling to manage deer. The DNR approved this permit under the guise of “research” with no input from the public and it actually runs counter to the DNR’s own approved urban deer management policy.

It is not a great leap to see how HSUS might push this to other species, such as bears or even wolves in order to prevent hunting.

On Thursday, February 22, MUCC will be testifying again on this bill before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee, as will Ann Arbor’s contractor, White Buffalo, who is conducting this so-called “research project”. This meeting is open to the public.

Call your State Representative today and ask them what is taking so long?  Find your representative’s contact information hereWe want them to approve HB 5321 and prevent other cities from attempting more costly and ineffective “research” on the public’s deer.

Please call today and ask them to vote YES!

1 Comment

  1. Dave Wikman on February 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    MUCC needs a cartoonist to depict a doctor in a white coat (or surgical scrubs) sitting on a stool saying to a deer, “You’re going to have to take it easy for a few days after the surgery. If you think you have an infection, go to the nearest med stop. They are listed in the yellow pages. Here’s a prescription for some pain pills. If you have any problems, call the number on your discharge instructions.”

    Is there any more stupid idea on earth than surgically sterilizing wild animals? Isn’t aftercare an issue? What about the attendant pain?

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