Imagine this: a delicate spotted little fawn sitting peacefully in a flower bed. Isn't it a calming and lovely vision of nature? Apparently that's not what Dorothy Richardson of Euclid, Ohio, thought when she beat a fawn to death with a shovel in her flower bed. This story evoked anger and disgust from animal lovers and cheers from hunters. This story obviously played on peoples' emotions. The message board discussion went on for multiple pages (and veered off on topics such as drugs and abortion.)
Some people on the message board advocated harsh punishment for the woman. According to the Plain Dealer, the 75-year-old woman could face a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Posts on the story's message board suggested making Richardson clean up roadkill or work in an animal shelter.
Some people pointed out the overpopulation of deer in Euclid. It is true that sharpshooters are authorized to shoot deer at certain times in an attempt to control the population. According to OurOhio.org, the deer population has gone from 17,000 to 700,000 in 40 years. Deer can cause a nuisance by damaging crops and endangering motorists. According to highbeam.com, deer cause 30,000 automobile accidents per year in Ohio.
Animal rights is still an unclear issue that prompts debate. The questions arise: To what extent do animals have the same rights as people? Is it moral to eat or kill animals? Should animals be used for the benefit of humans despite the affect on nature?