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09/12/2011

Save Pete the moose! The Man wants to “remove” him and his friends!  »


This is Pete with his BFF. Pete’s story in a nutshell, from Pete himself:

I was attacked by dogs and mauled when I was about five days old. Some nice people took me to David and he nursed me back to health. Fish and Wildlife told the people who found me to let me die. They couldn’t bear to just leave me there. David has been my best friend for the last 14 months. A nice man named Doug has a 600-acre ranch that is fenced and he lets me stay here along with about 120 other deer and moose that have gotten through the “state designed and approved” fence. Now that we are here, the Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to destroy us.

Poor Pete! More:

The Vermont DFW wants to destroy Pete and the other animals there. Part of Pete’s diet comes from from animal feed. Because of this, Vermont state officials claim animals there could contract something called “Chronic Wasting Disease,” a brain ailment that affects deer-like animals, and which can be spread through feed. And so the DFW would like to “remove” the deer and moose that now inhabit this property. And by “remove,” they mean “kill.” They have known about us all along, but they didn’t care to try and help out a long time ago. 

 WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE PETE! We DO NOT want Pete destroyed! We DO NOT want Pete in a zoo! And we want the Governor to put whatever promises he makes about what will happen to Pete to be put in writing!

I don’t know anything about Chronic Wasting Disease, but if this can be passed by feed, do venison farms not use feed anymore? I looked into this, and Maine.gov had a bunch of info on CWD: For one, people aren’t really sure how it’s contracted—it’s only their best guess that it’s from feed. Two, “Assuming all feed companies are complying with the FDA ban [on using rendering products in feed], commercial feeds commonly used to supplement the diets of captive/farmed or wild cervids would currently be free of CWD infectivity.” So instead of destroying the animals, can’t they just make sure they are buying approved feed? If the Vermont DFW wants to shut down Pete’s home, they should have to shut down all the venison farms too—let’s see if that happens! Another important thing to note: there’s no evidence at all that it can be spread to humans. FYI.

What you can do: Sign the petition, spread the word, buy some Pete the Moose merchandise to fund the cause and show your support! 

UPDATE!: Vegan Yack Attack just alerted me to this note on the petition page: “Success — Pete isn’t going anywhere! Your signatures helped lawmakers decide to keep Pete alive and with the people who care about him”

They could have put that on the home page before I got all worried! But I’m glad this story has a happy ending. And how cute is Pete?

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