Protect our deer from chronic wasting disease
After a deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease on a canned hunt, the Missouri Department of Conservation took common sense steps to try and keep this deadly disease from spreading to our native, wild deer. But rather than acknowledge the role they play in spreading CWD, the canned hunting industry lobbied their friends in the legislature to simply transfer authority over their facilities to the Department of Agriculture instead through Senate Bill 123.
Our white-tailed deer herd is cherished by Missourians. It’s bad enough that a small group of people feel the need to breed “Frankendeer” with abnormally large, freakish antlers just to be shot inside a fenced enclosure for a guaranteed trophy. But to make matters worse, these deer farms and canned hunts are breeding grounds for CWD.
Although these facilities share absolutely nothing in common with real hunting (an industry also regulated by the MDC), this is nothing more than a desperate attempt to avoid any kind of regulation. After all, these ranches have absolutely no problem advertising the shooting on their facilities as “hunting,” but they could care less whether they’re spreading CWD around the state. Sounds like they want to have their cake and eat it, too.