Nearly 20,000 join growing campaign on Change.org demanding investigation into authorized killing of nine penned deer.
RALEIGH, NC – The popular campaign on Change.org demanding the North Carolina Wildlife Commission investigate the shooting of nine tame deer on a rehabilitation farm in Randolph County has nearly doubled, with 20,000 people from at least 45 countries signing the online petition campaign.
“I can’t believe how much support we’ve gotten,” said Millie Bowling, a local resident who started the campaign on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change. “At the same time, North Carolina should be ashamed — and it sounds like tens of thousands all over the world agree.”
On September 20, armed wildlife commission agents stormed Wayne Kindley’s rehabilitation farm and shot and killed the nine tame deer on his property. Wildlife agents claimed to have a warrant to kill the deer in order to test for chronic wasting disease. Test results for all nine deer have since returned negative for the disease.
Last week, residents attended a public wildlife commission meeting and were told they could not speak. At that meeting, local resident Jo Henderson delivered more than 7,000 signatures. This issue has spurred outrage in the small town and Bowling’s campaign has been extensively covered by local media and the Associated Press.
“We want the governor to step in and find out what happened,” said Jo Henderson, who raised one of the fawns killed on Kindley’s farm. “Those deer should have never been killed, and we won’t stop until this is investigated.”
Wayne Kindley, who has been operating his farm for more than thirty years, will appear in court on Tuesday for operating without the proper license. Campaign leaders and supporters will attend the hearing.
“It has been incredible to watch Millie mobilize people in her community and beyond,” said Corinne Ball, Change.org’s director of organizing. “With tens of thousands joining the call for an investigation, it’s clear the anger over this incident is widespread.”
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