Created on Friday, 29 May 2009 09:09
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 01:36
Written by Administrator
Banquet Update: We are working on filling the last 10 seats at our awards banquet. If anyone is still considering attending, please make your reservation before this week ends. Table assignments will be worked on this weekend. We have an impressive collection of prizes to be won in the special bucket raffles and our live auction will not disappoint. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
The TRUTH about Deer Farms
· Deer farmers complain DNR is not promoting their business
· Dept. of Agriculture can promote these businesses as much as they desire without needing regulatory control. In fact, it would not be wise to have an agency responsible for regulation and also in charge of promotion.
· Illustration: Do we want DEP regulating and promoting chemical companies?
· DNR is a regulatory agency; they are not responsible for promoting deer farms any more than they are responsible for promoting private whitewater outfitters or fishing guides.
· Deer farmers complain DNR is too restrictive with regulations and is holding their business back from prospering.
· DNR does not have a cap or quota on the number of farms they will license.
· DNR has only denied one deer farm license application since these operations became legal.
· Deer farmers are permitted to sell breeding stock and transport them to other states as long as prior notification is given to DNR about the transport.
· Deer farmers are permitted to import deer from other states providing the import state is not a CWD positive state (a common sense regulation).
· Deer farmers can sell urine and other deer parts now.
· The bottom line - DNR is not prohibiting these businesses from prospering.
· DNR wildlife biologists understand deer diseases (CWD and others) and are the best prepared to respond to disease outbreaks that could impact the wild deer resource and they have the vested interest in doing so.
· Agriculture does not have the budget to take on additional regulations; the money raised from fees and services charged to the farms will not scratch the surface of what it will take to properly regulate these farms.
· Agriculture is currently under scrutiny from an audit and on-going investigation with the US Attorney’s Office for “troubling activities and management practices”…is this really the time to turn over more authority?
· 32 Deer farms contribute less than $1.1 million to the state’s economy and support less than 50 jobs.
· Hunting provides over $270 million annually from 330,000 licensed hunters to the state’s economy and supports thousands of jobs and small businesses all over the State; in fact one Cabela’s store supports more jobs than all the deer farms combined.
· Monitoring and protecting WV’s deer herd from CWD and other diseases is crucial to WV’s economy and its natural resources. It should not be something worth taking a chance on.
If you don't speak up for the wildlife resources of this state - who will?
And that's the bottom line.
Bryan Elkins, President WVBA