Re: "Produce-munching deer mean less lettuce for sale," Dec. 6.
I certainly enjoy our local produce in the summer months, especially the organic greens. However, if I was given only one choice - our deer or my greens - I would not hesitate to choose the deer, as knowing that my daily salad would be produced with the blood and flesh of hundreds or thousands or innocent animals would make it unacceptable and intolerable.
In fact, I can tell you right now that if a lethal population reduction plan goes ahead in the Capital Regional District, I will immediately stop buying any local produce, especially from the farms that have most loudly be lobbying for a deer kill and I hope that many other likeminded citizens will do the same.
Most people would agree that consumers should have a say on the way our fruits and vegetables are produced. I oppose any lethal wildlife management to increase local production and farmers' profits. There clearly are non-lethal alternatives but it always takes a bit of effort and conscience to do the right thing.
Farmers should take responsibility and invest in fencing with the help of the provincial government. Together with other non-lethal measures and the maintenance of wildlife corridors, these are the only deer-management options that would be acceptable to me.
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