WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!! 11/2/10
Please VOTE NO on ISSUE 32
Vote “NO” to keep hunting with deadly weapons out of our neighborhoods by repealing Ordinance 134-09.
If you are not aware of this issue, here are some facts to consider when casting your vote:
· Ordinance 134-09 allows residents with 5+ acre lots to apply for a permit to hunt deer on their property within city limits with compound bows and crossbows. They can hunt from September through February from dawn to dusk. No background checks will be required of permit applicants.
· These are deadly weapons that can fire an arrow a distance of over 1,000 yards (correction **** the correct unit of measure is feet- not yards. Our sincerest apologies.) at speeds of 325 ft. per second.
· Crossbow arrows can penetrate a bullet proof vest and are sometimes referred to as “cross guns”.
· The number of deer/vehicle accidents in our city has remained steady over the past 10 years according to our own Police Chief. In other words, there has been NO increase in deer-vehicle accidents, as some have portrayed.
· The number of deer carcasses picked up on the side of the roadways has actually decreased by over 20% according to our own City Animal Control Officer.
· Deer killed with arrows do not die instantly and they do not know property lines. When a deer is “hit” with an arrow, it panics and runs off at high speeds. They may run into a neighbor’s yard, over fences, into glass doors or into the street, causing an accident. Worse yet, the ordinance does not require neighboring woods/property to be cleared of playing children or even notification of neighbors that someone is hunting right next door.
· Bow hunting journals admit that they wound one animal for every one that they kill. This equates to 50% of the animals being wounded and dying a slow, agonizing death, probably on someone else’s property….maybe yours.
· Wounded deer can take days, weeks or months to die from infections and other disease setting in. This can also attract more coyote to the area.
This ordinance is not a “PRO” or “CON” statement on hunting at all, but rather a question of DO YOU WANT HUNTING OF DEER WITH DEADLY WEAPONS IN YOUR RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD! To read more on this issue go to www.broadview-deer.com.
PLEASE VOTE “NO” on ISSUE 32 on November 2. NO HUNTING IN BROADVIEW HTS. NEIGHBORHOODS. IT’S YOUR CHOICE.
Interesting Letter We Received 7/28/10
" Just an FYI.....I ran into Roy Stewart at a cook out this summer. He
made me so angry. He actually told me that this whole deer issue is
costing the city $30,000 to put it on the ballot. I told him that
that wasn't what I heard, that is was only going to cost about $2000.00
because there were other city issues already on the ballot.. He
stuttered a bit, and then said well, that was what it WOULD have cost if
there weren't other issues. Typical politician.....
What concerns me is how many other people has he told that story to that
just don't know any better. "
FYI: The actual cost to correct council not listening to the majority of Broadview Ht residents is $250.00 - NOT $30,000.00 or $2000.00. (PLEASE see our Referendum Cost section)
*****UPDATE April 2, 2010, 1864 signatures were verified by the Board of Elections!!!!
This is more than sufficient to go to the November 2010 election!!!!!
In 25 days we collected
2,111 signatures -
almost 50% more than we needed.
3/22/10: 79 petitions were submitted to Sandy Hudack
today. We asked Broadview Heights if an issue as contentious
as hunting in our neighborhoods should be decided directly by
Broadview Hts answered "YES!!!!"
THANK YOU TO THE BEST GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS
Something Pet Owners Must Consider
The Geauga county law director Jim Gillette stated in the December 10, 2009 issue of the Geauga County Maple Leaf under the heading "Dog Killer Won't Be Charged", that:
"... hunters have a right to hunt free from the interference of domestic animals and have the legal right to kill said animals."
This decision was made even though there are several Ohio Revised Code laws to the contrary. Please be aware it's not what you know, but who you know. Thank you, and yes it was my dog that was killed just because it got in some psychopath's way. Robert Phillips
A sincere "THANK YOU!" from Broadviewdeer to council members Mahnic, Boldt and Price for supporting the wishes of the majority of residents and voting against this ordinance. We know this was not an easy position given other council members' and the mayor's desire to allow residential hunting. If the mayor wishes to support the majority also, he will use his veto authority and stop this ordinance.
Not Over Yet
Our next step is to ask for residents who are opposed to call the Mayor, at 526-4357, and make your wishes clear that he exercise his veto power on this ordinance. If he chooses to impose this liability on residents, with no data that shows its effectiveness or data that shows there is a problem, we intend to pursue a legal option that may include a referendum by petition.
We will need a number of registered voters to help circulate petitions for signatures. Please let us know if you are able to help in this effort.
Many of us come to this group from different perspectives. We include animal rights activists and hunting enthusiasts, but mostly we are just residents who are concerned about safety and good problem-solving.
We are also concerned about the animal cruelty aspects of bow-hunting, and that culling is of questionable value where there might be a problem. We find it difficult to see the sport in killing a tame deer in your backyard.
Proponents have not produced data to justify claims of a deer problem. There is no baseline population density study that might show the effect of residential hunting. Deer-vehicle accidents have been at a steady state for the last 10 years. Deer carcasses were down 24% last year. Claims that for some reason people "just aren't reporting" DVA's are baseless, self-serving and intellectually dishonest.
We can find no reason to legalize residential hunting when it has been illegal here for decades. In fact, Broadview Heights is far more densely populated than it was 40 years ago when in the interest of safety, this became illegal.
There has not been a council meeting yet that the majority has not spoken out in opposition. We welcome your support and ask for your help.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to assist with the petition drive!
From The Plain Dealer 2/16/10
From Sun Star Courier 2/11/10
"Most of those who’ve spoken during public comment session at meetings have expressed opposition to the legislation." Again, HOW can council vote for this ordinance if they are representing their constituents???
FROM THE 2/8/10 COUNCIL WORK SESSION
The Mayor stated that he has been receiving many emails from people, including those through a PETA website. The Mayor also stated that the residents' emails were about 60-40 against the ordinance.
HOW can any council member vote in favor of this ordinance if they wish to truly represent their constituents???
JUST THE FACTS
We are interested in the facts - Without substantive data that makes a compelling case for hunting within the city limits, we feel it would be irresponsible of our leaders to impose the risks inherent to hunting upon our community. So we are trying to understand the position of the hunting proponents by asking questions. We have learned the following;
Again we simply ask, “Where is the data that indicates there is a deer problem? Whatever we agree the risks of hunting are, why should we accept them in our community?” We want to know so we can understand.
What we know from bow hunting journals is that 1 out of 2 deer hit with an arrow is actually killed and recovered (harvested, in the politically correct terminology of the bow hunter). The rest flee and either survive crippled or suffer long excruciating deaths from infection. This is well-documented. Additionally:
The decision to write this ordinance without supporting data is difficult enough to understand. The choice to not take this issue to the next election, after so much divisiveness, seems irresponsible.
To attempt to serve the democratic process we will continue to distribute yard signs and ask concerned residents to sign our on-line petition. Let your voice be heard.
From The Plain Dealer 1/5/2010
Please email us at email@example.com with your comments and we will post it here, anonymously if you wish.
Broadview-Deer.com is a website built and managed by residents of Broadview Heights who are concerned about the potential consequences of bowhunting in our community. We have had help with the technical aspects of setting up this site and have benefitted from the research done by other communities who are facing the issues that surround living with a white-tail deer population. This data is accessible to anyone on-line. We also have contacts across a wide range of organizations including universities, law firms, businesses and animal rights organizations. We are not sponsored, directed by or funded in any amount by any of these entities. The links put on our site do not indicate an affilition with other organizations. These links are intended as source references for those who wish to find additional information.
League of Humane Voters: http://www.lohv.org/
Ottawa Hills, Ohio citizens group: www.villagedeer.com
EPA and FDA approved Deer Contraception Study, by Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aANcNyYbLpw