An Inclusive Litany

3/11/02

In November, two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, driving in a Honda Civic on the New Jersey Turnpike at 1:00 a.m. on their way back from an anti-hunting campaigning tour, struck and killed a negligent deer, resulting in a $6,000 repair bill and loss of the car's use for two months. PETA sued the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which it alleged contributed to the accident because of its deer management program, which sometimes includes efforts to increase deer populations. PETA legal counsel Matthew Penzer alleges the state's policy is driven by hunting license revenues rather than concern for the deers' well-being, and that the unfortunate animal darted onto the road "near the start of New Jersey's hunting season" while presumably "fleeing hunters' guns."

[Ed.: November is when deers rut.]

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