Deer have eyes on the sides of their head, so they have a really wide view of the world. This is so they can spot predators more easily. Male deer often use their antlers to fight other males when they want to impress female deer. That’s just flirting in nature! Baby deer (called fawns) stay with their mothers for up to two years before venturing out on their own.
Deer are herbivores—this means that they eat plants. Humans should follow their lead and eat only plants, too! Kind kids like you would never eat a deer or any other animal, but sometimes government wildlife departments kill majestic animals like wolves, bears, and coyotes to stop them from preying on elk, caribou, and deer. But it’s not to protect these animals—it’s so that hunters will have more of them to shoot. 😔
Hunting destroys families and causes both the victims and the survivors a lot of pain (including emotional pain) and suffering. Fawns don’t have a good chance of surviving without their mothers, and hunting often turns babies into orphans. That’s what happens to the fawn in Disney’s movie Bambi. 💔
Shooting animals who can’t defend themselves in their natural habitat and hanging their heads on the wall is really mean. And eating their flesh is completely unnecessary, so that’s not a good excuse to hunt, either. Plus, not all deer shot by hunters die immediately on the first shot, leaving wounded ones to die slowly and painfully. Deer are forced to choose between helping a friend or family member who just got shot and running away so they don’t get shot, too.
There are lots of activities to do in the great outdoors that don’t involve killing anyone, like hiking, canoeing, camping, mountain biking, and using a camera to “shoot” animals! 📸