Research has proven that stress in animals can have serious adverse effects on meat quality. Anyone familiar with the Clover trap method will know that the deer are under a lot of stress.
Physical stress can occur when the deer struggles and can get injured when trying to free itself or when the trap sides are forced down on it just before the kill. Animals need to be stress and injury free during operations prior to slaughter.
When the Oak Bay mayor said that the deer meat would be going to the Songhees First Nations people, was he aware of this?
Does Oak Bay want to kill innocent deer only to find out that their meat would not pass federal inspection and be discarded? What about liabilities? Besides being inhumane the Clover trap method of killing can also make the meat potentially unsafe to eat.
William Jesse, Oak Bay