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Group Calling For End To Captive Hunting

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources tried to shut down captive hunts, but operators filed a lawsuit in response that is still pending.

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Several deer recently escaped a captive hunting site in Jackson County.

The Humane Society of the United States is calling on states like Indiana to put an end to captive hunting operations. These are pay-to-play shooting facilities where animals are stocked within fenced enclosures and shot for guaranteed trophies.

Anne Sterling, Midwest regional director for The Humane Society of the United States, says these captive hunt locations are breeding grounds for diseases such as chronic wasting disease– a neurological disease that is fatal to deer, elk and moose.

“A certain number of animals together in an enclosed area the risk of course of disease transmission is very high and so far Indiana has been lucky that as far as we know we haven‘t had chronic wasting disease,” she says.

A deer recently tested positive for the disease on a farm in Pennsylvania, which has sold animals to captive deer farms in Indiana, including a Jackson County facility where several deer recently escaped into the wild. The disease has not been reported in Indiana, but it has been found in 22 states in captive deer populations and also in free-ranging white-tailed deer in the Midwest.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources tried to shut down captive hunts, but operators filed a lawsuit in response that is still pending.

Legislation to legalize captive hunting ranches and end the pending lawsuit was introduced this year, but failed to receive a hearing.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helane-Shields/100002390120130 Helane Shields

    Shooting terrified animals trapped from escape by fences never struck me as being “sportsman-like”.

    The following states and Canadian provinces are designated CWD positive: Alberta,

    Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New

    Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin,

    Wyoming, Saskatchewan, Texas and CWD recently jumped the borders into Iowa and Pennsylvania.

    Experts indicate farmed deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

    pose significant risks to wild deer and elk in the same area:

    digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1717 2007

    Potential for disease transmission from Fence‐Line Contact Between Wild

    and Farmed Cervids

    USDA/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that 86% of livestock

    inoculated with CWD prions from infected white-tailed deer went on to

    develop prion disease.

    http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/public … 115=277212

    ” . . . the species barrier from cervid to humans is prion

    strain-dependent and humans can be vulnerable to novel cervid prion strains”

    http://www.jbc.org/cgi/doi/10.1074/jbc.M110.198465

    “Our results have far-reaching implications for human health, since they
    indicate that cervid PrPSc can trigger the conversion of human PrPC
    into PrPSc, suggesting that CWD might be infectious to humans.”

    http://www.jbc.org/content/286/9/7490.full

    Hunters have developed prion diseases: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/10/6/0 … rticle.htm

    Back in 2004, the CDC expected CWD to manifest only as Creutzfeldt Jakob
    Disease. But Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner recently pointed out the
    many

    different strains of prion diseases:

    “. . . they (prions) are actually capable of

    multiplying in what he terms “alternative” shapes, with

    each shape responsible for a different type of dementia.”

    http://www.alzheimers-prions.com/pdf/JU … INER-ETAL-

    ALZHEIMERSISAPRIONDISEASE.pdf

    Helane Shields, Alton, NH hshields@tds.net http://www.alzheimers-prions.com/

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