I sympathize with the strong feelings of DeerSafe and other pro-animal movements like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
The abhorrent actions of human beings against nature, against flora and fauna with toxins and hunting to extinction, against water and land in greedy resource extraction are destroying our environment and threatening our very survival. Long live the human conquistador! Except that it’s suicide.
In gratitude to God for this incredibly beautiful world, we must attempt to be good stewards of our environment. And we must make decisions from reason and common sense, not from feelings. In the wilds, cougars and wolves keep the deer population down. But since we don’t allow them in the city, the balance of nature is upset.
Therefore, it makes sense for us to hunt them for food. And venison is delicious, except to vegetarians.
I think the small steps being proposed for Oak Bay are the right approach, and I fully support them. Maybe I’ll get one of the T-shirts I saw worn by a woman in Penticton. It had the acronym PETA with these words filled in: People for the Eating of Tasty Animals.