This page is dedicated to videos regarding the deer in media and politics, as well as videos explaining their behaviour, and the brutality and abject cruelty of hunting practices. Some videos may be graphic, so please view with caution.
If you have a video you think should be posted please send us the link and we will consider it for the site.
Thank you to the Critical Cat for this interview with Lisa Helps just days before the election in November 2014.
“As always, I’m open minded. If there are more humane ways to kill the deer then let’s hear them,” Helps said. (Times Colonist, April 14, 2015)
This short video was recently featured on a CTV report about the demonstration in Oak Bay against their upcoming clover trap/bolt gun kill of 25 deer. Government officials maintain that this is a humane method to kill urban deer.
The deer in this video was to be ear tagged. We can't imagine the terror when a modified clover trap is collapsed onto them and two men attempt to hold them still enough to get proper aim to shoot a four-inch metal rod into their heads.
No video has been found that documents the bolt gun killing of deer once the modified clover trap is collapsed onto them.
An excerpt from a talk by Erin McCance about urban deer management at the recent Fur-Bearer defenders Living with Wildlife conference in Toronto.
On November 23, 2013, DeerSafe held a rally at Oak Bay city hall.
What's new at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ont? Deer are being culled because lilacs are threatened.
DeerSafe Victoria met with the Chair of the CRD Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Committee to give her an additional 1400 resident signatures on the "No to a Cull" petition. The CRD's Planning Committee now has 3071 resident signatures against a cull.
Marion Cumming and Kelly Carson on Face to Face.
Our newest video! This time interviewing members of the group.
DeerSafe Victoria interviews citizens of Oak Bay. Hear what they have to say about a cull in their neighborhood.
A tense deer rescue by Groat Creek Outfitters.
This is an independant, short documentary by Brent Howard (who is not associated with DeerSafe Victoria). It takes a very even-handed approach to the issue and is well worth a watch.
CRD Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Committee Sept 5, 2012
Our first video update in a while. Thank you to Modern Democracy for filming and posting to YouTube. A very important meeting discussing the results of the CAG and the submission by DeerSafe Victoria of a petition carrying more than 1000 signatures of concerned citizens that are oppossed to a cull. It is near the end, but at least it is there.
CAG Meeting June 5th, 2012.
It has been a few weeks in the making, but the CAG has finally met again. Both parts of the meeting are now available to view.
CAG meeting May 16th 2012.
Here is the latest CAG meeting. Please see our comments below regarding the behaviour of it's members, or just watch for yourself!
In this meeting, some CAG members made inappropriate and unprofessional comments about deer, such as Jocelyn Scrlac's question: "Why do deer have more rights over (sic) other animals?" * 1:14:30 and Wendy Fox's assertion that deer are "charging" cyclists on Lochside Drive "when they have fawns." *1:17:07
During discussion about economic losses, Robin Bassett asked Wendy Fox for a dollar figure on agricultural losses and Jeff Weightman suggested they will ask the ERWG for an economic study. At this time Marg Evans declared that the group "doesn't need to justify why this is an agricultural issue." She reiterated her comment from the last meeting that "we tried to get stats and we work now with what we have."
There have been two videotaped CAG meetings. The public has a right to know how the CAG is progressing.
CAG meeting May 9th 2012.
Modern Democracy has been videotaping the CAG meetings so that the public can bear witness to the proceedings taking place. DeerSafe Victoria greatly appreciates and supports this practice as it holds the CAG and the CRD accountable for their decisions, ideas, and behaviour.
It is DeerSafe Victoria’s position that these meetings are biased towards a deer cull for the following reasons:
- As was addressed at the Planning, Transportation, and Protection Services committee meeting on Feb 22nd, 2012 the Terms of Reference put forward by the CRD use language that is biased in its meaning and explicitly marginalizes the effectiveness of non-lethal methods to the situation. See our speech to the CRD regarding the ToR.
- The CRD expressed a commitment to creating as bias free CAG as possible to handle this delicate issue, yet it choose to elect a bow hunter who is pro-hunt to the group without doing the least expected of having a member from DeerSafe on the committee to express an anti-cull perspective. See our formal complaint to the CRD on this issue.
- The CRD has spoken of the deer consistently as a problem and over-populated without providing evidence of the significance of that population, or issues with the deer outside of complaints from private property owners in pocket areas.
- While the CAG is meant to be a non-biased “citizens” group, its membership has a significant interest in the situation. There are 3 farmers in the group who see the deer as a problem and have the greatest representation in its membership. Along with the bow hunter, that is 4 of 11 that already have predisposition towards the deer as either a nuisance or a target. Not exactly unbiased citizen involvement.
- While the remaining members do have a more diverse background, with varying degrees of interest and history with the deer, it is clear that if even two of them has a negative perspective of the deer going in to the meeting that the scales are balanced against the deer’s lives.
While it is commendable that the CRD committed itself to the ideal of creating an unbiased group of open minded considerate people, their actions have clearly fallen short of their words. DeerSafe Victoria has filed a formal complaint to the CRD regarding the biased nature of the CAG, but has not received a reply at this time.
At 2 hours and 2min of the meeting on the video, the term “deer appreciation” arises from the group. Why this term was imagined versus the more common “advocacy” makes little sense. In fact, it doesn’t make sense to the CAG members either, but since they don’t actually have a deer advocate there to ask for clarification on our values and context they speak of us as a self-interested group that believes the CAG and the CRD are out to get the deer. This is an uninformed perspective which needs clarification. While it is true we appreciate the deer as living creatures with their own interest in living and intentionality, our purpose is to advocate on their behalf with those who are considering taking their lives; this is not about our interest, it is about the interests of the deer.
Community Deer Video
This video was created by a Victoria resident who is opposed to a deer cull. This is an independent video, and the creator is not affiliated with DeerSafe Victoria. However, we share his views on the deer in the community and appreciate his work towards their cause. Thank you!
Shot for a Tulip
This video tells the story of the fight by concerned citizens in Cayuga Heights, NY, to stop a sensless deer cull. It may be hard to believe that this same design is being considered here in Victoria B.C., but believe it! This is why we are here.
You can read more about their battle here.
New born deer in Coombs, BC, exploring their enviroment. Please remember to not feed or touch baby deer, even if it appears they have been left by their mother. She knows where they are and is most likely looking for food for them. If you touch or feed them you could be making their life very dificult as they may become adjusted to humans and will be less fearful of coming into communities where there are many threats to their safety, including people.
Courtesy of Susan Vickery.