Hunters Criticize Tennessee Bill Allowing Whitetail Farming
The Tennessean published an article on a state bill that would allow importation and farming of whitetail deer within the state. Vocal critics have come out against the bill and are seeking to have it stopped, arguing that deer farming has the potential to spread chronic wasting disease to native deer.
"This bill creates the opportunity for these diseases to directly threaten the wild deer herd here," said Mike Butler, a wildlife biologist and head of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. "About $500 (million) to $700 million a year comes in to Tennessee's economy from deer hunting. "You're going to put that in jeopardy to benefit a small industry that employs a handful of people."