(ANIMAL WELFARE/WILDLIFE) Some Eastern Long Island towns are close to introducing a deer cull that will kill off thousands of the majestic animals. Deer populations have risen in the area and they are blamed for agricultural damage, car accidents, and even Lyme disease carried by ticks that infest them.

One of the communities, East Hampton, is divided over the issue. Many locals are outraged at the proposition and believe there are other measures that can be taken to limit deer overpopulation, such as sterilization and sticking to crops that don’t interest the deer.

The cull is being promoted by the Long Island Farm Bureau and has the support of the USDA. If successful, they will allow the deaths of two to three thousand deer. — Global Animal

Video: Why We Oppose Killing Healthy Deer

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/nyregion/outcry-in-eastern-long-island-over-a-plan-to-cull-deer.html?_r=1&