Category : Keep Cape Safe

We Won

Cape Girardeau’s first ever referendum has succeeded!  Thanks to all of you for your dedication, donations, and hard work.  We are so grateful and so proud of our community.  I hope we will stay in touch and continue to help Cape Girardeau live in harmony with our wildlife and beautiful natural surroundings. 
With great respect and appreciation. 
Steve and Jenny

Cape Girardeau’s first referendum will either succeed or fail at the polls April 2.

Please VOTE YES to repeal the city council’s deer hunting ordinance.

Let’s turn out in large numbers to show that Cape Girardeau’s citizens care.  We care about safety, we care about doing the right thing, we care about responsible government.

A successful referendum will show that DEMOCRACY WORKS.  We, the people, can veto a bad ordinance.

Keep Cape Safe will meet Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 pm at the Cape Girardeau Public Library (Penzel Room).  Our signs are ready, and we need to continue pulling together to get our message out by the April 2 vote.

As you may know, the drive-by deer count will be discussed at the regular city council meeting March 4 at 7 pm.

Thanks to all who have contributed so generously to Keep Cape Safe.


Keep Cape Safe will meet Tuesday, 2/12/13, at 6:30 pm in the Geraldine Hirsch Room at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.  Please join us and help win Cape Girardeau’s first ever referendum.

We the people can repeal a reckless, cruel ordinance by voting YES TO REPEAL on April 2.

Donations please to: Keep Cape Safe
P.O. Box 1004
Cape Girardeau, MO. 63702 – 1004

Secret from washington DC deer creek group

After our firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of several D.C. residents and the animal protection organization In Defense of Animals, the National Park Service has agreed to drop its plans to begin killing white-tailed deer in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. this December.  Under an agreement reached with the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was filed on October 25, 2012, the parties have asked the Court to rule on the matter by March 15, 2013, before which the Park Service has agreed not to kill any of the 157 deer that were otherwise slated for death by gunfire or arrows.  The Court has set oral argument in the matter for March 4, 2013 at 3:00pm.

Cape Girardeau’s first ever referendum will be on the April 2 ballot.

Please participate in our democratic process.  If the referendum fails, we will see the reckless and cowardly shooting of semi-tame deer within the city limits.

Please remember to vote YES for safety rather than recklessness.

Please vote YES for tolerance and kindness rather than cruelty.

Please vote YES to repeal the unsafe, cruel, misguided deer hunting ordinance.

For now, we have to work hard to make sure the referendum succeeds.  Keep Cape Safe will meet Thursday, 1//31/13 at 6:30 pm in the G. Hirsch Room at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.

Please join us.

Folks pushing for urban deer hunting in Cape Girardeau seem surprised that so many citizens are against it.  What’s surprising, really, is that some city officials failed to think about all the disadvantages: the potential for public controversy, public safety issues, the wounding and crippling of deer, the problem of unretrieved and arrow-struck deer, low efficiency rates, and various humane concerns.

     Bow hunting results in crippling rates from 40 – 60 percent (Gregory 2005, Nixon et al. 2001, Moen 1989, Cadaver 1988, Boydston and Gore 1987, Langenau 1986, Gladfelter 1983, Stormer et al. 1979, Downing 1971).  If we fail to repeal the city council’s bow hunting ordinance, we WILL have wounded deer coming into our yards.  Surely this is NOT the kind of town we want.

Even though arrows travel about one tenth as fast as bullets, they are able to inflict deeply penetrating wounds. Why? Physics may help us to answer this question.

With any projectile weapon, damage to tissues depends on the projectile’s momentum. We remember that momentum equals mass times velocity. More weight, more momentum; more speed, more momentum.

On the other hand, once a projectile enters the body, its ability to penetrate tissue is inversely proportional to its “force of drag.” High force of drag, less penetration; low force of drag, deeper penetration.

In fact, force of drag increases exponentially with increased velocity. Compared with a bullet, an arrow’s momentum (its ability to cause harm) derives more from mass, less from velocity. Since arrows travel about ten times more slowly, drag is 100 times less than for a bullet.

Of course, many variables determine accident severity. An understanding how arrows are capable of inflicting deeply penetrating wounds is one more reason to vote against bow hunting in Cape Girardeau.