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Sportsmen – it’s time for all of us to take action!!!
For years, deer farmers have claimed they wanted to be under Department of Agriculture so they could sell venison and claimed Agriculture has USDA inspected slaughter houses and all would be "above board". Fears about a black market for vension were unfounded they said. Now that the House of Delegates HAS PASSED SB 237, to in fact, transfer regulation of deer farms away from DNR and move to Agriculture what is waiting in the wings...House Bill 2658 which will REMOVE the requirement for nontraditional agriculture (deer) which must be slaughtered to be slaughtered in inspected slaughterhouses.
From the bill: "NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove the requirement that all nontraditional agriculture needing to be slaughtered be slaughtered in an inspected slaughterhouse."
Can the picture be any clearer or any grimmer? This could allow sick or even wild deer with a tag placed in its ear to be slaughtered and no one will be the wiser because no one will be watching.
Pennsylvania spends $1.7 million annually on regulating deer farms. Wisconsin had to use tax dollars and sportsman's license money to pay over $450,000 to quarantine a CWD infested 82 acre farm. CWD has been found in captive herds in 16 states and deer farmers want to keep transporting these animals from state to state. WV does not have the money to give Agriculture $1 million dollars to regulate this industry. This should not be on the backs of taxpayers.
Sportsmen where are your calls???
It's not too late if you will make phone calls to Governor Tomblin's office starting Monday and all next week to 304-558-2000 and leave a message you want the Governor to VETO Senate Bill 237. The deer farmers will be calling too, but there are 200,000 hunters in this state and fewer than 40 deer farms. Have friends, family, co-workers and hunting buddies call as well.
We also need calls to Chairman Evans before 10:00AM Tuesday requesting he table House Bill 2658 (allowing deer to be slaughtered in non-inspected slaughter houses). Chairman Evans can be reached at 304-340-3399
If you have time, call every member on the committee.
This is an all out assault on this state's natural resources I have ever seen in my life.