More than 5,000 people from the United States and at least 25 other countries have signed an online petition protesting the killing of nine penned deer by North Carolina officials who said they had to shoot the deer to test them for disease.
The petition on the change.org website protests the killing of the deer on the farm of Wayne and Linda Kindley near Asheboro. Wayne Kindley says two were white-tailed deer he had rehabilitated -- one with one eye and a fawn. The others were fallow deer.
The animals were shot Sept. 20.
The state Wildlife Resources Commission says the deer had to be tested for chronic wasting disease, which can't be done on live animals. It says the animals were held in an unlicensed facility.
Click on the related link below to go to the petition.
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