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Editorial: A positive by-product of the deer cull

Animal advocates gather in East Hampton to demonstrate

Animal advocates gather in East Hampton to demonstrate against the deer cull, including the decision by the Long Island Farm Bureau and USDA to bring in sharpshooters for the planned killing of thousands of deer. (Jan. 18, 2014) Credit: Randee Daddona

4,500 -- That's the number of pounds of venison received by the Island Harvest food bank from the ongoing deer cull on the East End.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts the hunt and processes the meat, which Island Harvest distributes among 20 local agencies.

The hunt is a sad necessity to help control an exploding deer population, though controversy rages as to its effectiveness. But there is no question the meat has been a welcome addition to the effort to feed Long Island's hungry.

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