Animal Rights Activists Sue to Stop Shooting of Deer in Rock Creek Park, Washington D.C.

| by Michael Allen

Animal rights activists are trying to stop a plan to kill deer in Rock Creek Park, Washington D.C., which is a federal park.

The deer population in Rock Creek Park has increased recent years and the National Park Service said in May that it would use sharpshooters and reproductive controls to trim numbers of the deer to 15 to 20 per square mile. The shooting would be carried out mostly at night and the meat would be donated to food banks.

However, economist Jeremy Rifkin and the 'In Defense of Animals' advocacy group filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court claiming that the planned cull in the 12-mile-long park would create a "killing field" and be the first time the killing of wildlife had been allowed in Rock Creek Park since it was created in the 19th century.