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NC at risk - Please call your Representatives & Pass the word!
As sportsmen and women and as fellow conservationists, we ask that you let your Legislators know that deer farming language in SB744 (Article 49H) should be pulled prior to vote.
This Article, as written, exposes the State of North Carolina and its citizens to ENORMOUS risks - risks that are both long term and far reaching in terms of cost, health, future development, and well-being of both its citizens and its wildlife; and, if passed through this backdoor approach, will effectively deny Legislators the opportunity to hear from the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of constituents this change will effect.
Similar legislation has been blocked in Tennessee and West Virginia as citizens took a stand against the Deer Farming industry and their profit driven desire to privatize the deer population in our great state and pose a direct danger to our wild deer. Help us keep our wildlife in the wild.
It takes only a few minutes to get up to speed on this important issue:
* Please follow this link to a presentation that summarizes what the QDMA has defined as risks posed to NC landowners, sportsmen, small business in rural communities, wildlife, and many, many other stakeholders should the current language attached to the budget bill SB744 , Article 49H be signed into law as currently written https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2RYLwnPcPeTU0ZqMi1ZT3RNY3M/edit?usp=sharing
* Here is a link to that North Carolina budget bill in its current form: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S744v7.pdf. Article 49H begins on page 148
* The attached slide deck references an Indy Star investigation video series which is available online. Here is a link to that video: http://www.indystar.com/longform/news/investigations/2014/03/27/buck-fever-intro/6865031/
* The below link is a USA Today story on the ethics of Deer Farming.
* Iowa recorded its first CWD case in July 2012 at the Pine Ridge Hunting Lodge near Bloomfield in Davis County.
The Department of Natural Resources, which regulates hunting preserves, and the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, which regulates breeding facilities, have since confirmed six more positive tests — all but two related to the Davis County hunting preserve and to a Cerro Gordo County deer breeding facility.
- See more at:http://thegazette.com
Folks, it is unconscionable that literally a handful of our citizens would (or could) pull the opportunity for fair and balanced discussion by attaching their agenda to the State budget bill; or that legislators would allow that to happen.
Is open dialogue needed on this issue? Absolutely. Both the benefits and risks should be laid out objectively, understood, and weighed.
Please do your part by
1. simply contacting your representatives today; ask them to pull this section so that open, transparent dialogue can then occur. Don't know how to contact your legislator? Here is a helpful link: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/representation/whorepresentsme.aspx Alternately, use NC Camo: http://www.capwiz.com/ncwf/issues/alert/?alertid=63260901; and
2. encouraging fellow conservationists to do the same.
Time is of the essence.
The NC Legislature is actively working to pass a fair and balanced budget. Let's help them to do just that.