We are hosting a vigil on Sunday, January 6th, 2013 @ Raymond & Collegeview Avenues from 1 to 2 in the afternoon. We are afraid that Vassar College will begin shooting our deer on Monday night, January 7th. We must act now to stop them! We hope to see you out there!
Please visit the HOW TO HELP section of this site to voice your opinion on Vassar College's atrocities. We have added the contact information for all of Vassar College's senior officers.
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Vassar College announced plans to shoot the tiny deer herd of about 40 animals, currently residing in Poughkeepsie, NY, over the college’s 2012-2013 Winter Break. Many Poughkeepsie residents, Vassar College students and faculty are strongly opposed to the plan, as the deer wander peaceably in small groups throughout our neighborhoods threatening no one. Yet Vassar College plans to bait these harmless animals with food for weeks, and then hire a sharpshooter to slaughter as many females and fawns as possible. The College already did this once in 2010, killing 64 deer.
Vassar College is not operating in a vacuum, and it is imperative that they take into account the sensibilities of all invested parties in making such a controversial decision about wildlife management. Such inclusion of community input in order to reach a workable compromise would have been legally required had the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation done its job, and required that the college prepare an Environmental Impact Statement before issuing a permit to mass-shoot in the midst of residential neighborhoods. It is also our view that, as an institution of higher learning, it is incumbent on the college to treat our wildlife with intellectual integrity and humane practices.
This site and the group SOD -- Save Our Deer exists so that all who oppose Vassar College's unwarranted and inhumane actions have a place to organize & get the latest news. Check back frequently for updated information! We ask that you express your support for the cause by joining our group on Facebook by clicking HERE and exploring our site.