An­nual Rich­mond Park deer cull un­der way

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The an­nual cull of red hinds and fal­low does is un­der way in Lon­don’s Rich­mond Park. The con­tro­ver­sial an­nual ex­er­cise, which reg­u­larly draws protests, is in­tended to main­tain a healthy and well-bal­anced herd.

Rich­mond Park is home to ap­prox­i­mately 300 red and 350 fal­low deer.

The Royal Parks, which runs Rich­mond Park, ex­plained that “if an­i­mals were not re­moved, food would be­come scarce and more an­i­mals would ul­ti­mately suf­fer. With­out pop­u­la­tion con­trol there would be other wel­fare is­sues, such as low body fat, mal­nu­tri­tion and high in­ci­dence of death from ex­po­sure to cold in win­ter. At­tempt­ing to main­tain too many deer within a re­stricted park area would soon lead to a build-up of par­a­sites and other pathogens caus­ing dis­ease in the deer.”

Pro­test­ers have de­manded that culling is re­placed by the use of con­tra­cep­tives. How­ever, there are cur­rently no hor­monal con­tra­cep­tives li­censed for use in wild deer in the UK and non­hor­monal con­tra­cep­tives would re­quire the an­i­mals to be caught and in­jected.

Rich­mond Park is home to around 300 red and 350 fal­low deer

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