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Deer Pay The Price

by | 30th, August 2006

“IT is very important that deer are not simply regarded as pests,” says the man from the RSPCA in the Times.

Indeed. We note that they are a source of food, and parts taken from the male of the species make useful hat stands and places from which toddlers can be dangled by their collars when the naughty step is full.

But still some people see them as pests. And these people include the Biodiversity Minister Barry Gardiner. No, we did not believe this either. A Biodiversity Minister here in the UK? But we looked into things and discovered that Barry does exist and according to his website he is “a keen hill-walker and birdwatcher, and greatly enjoys getting out in the countryside”.

But he cannot move for deer. Barry sees deer as a potential hazard. Says Barry: “They are damaging some of our most threatened woodland habitats. In addition, they are presenting an increasing hazard on our roads, with more than 300 people injured each year in deer-related road accidents.”

These are not just accidents caused by drivers looking out for cute deer and not paying attention to the road ahead but people driving into the creatures.

And this is not

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