NEWS OF THE WEIRD

HORNY HUNTING

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The billion-dollar deer-farming industry in America produces generations of bucks growing progressively larger antler racks mainly for bragging rights by so-called "hunters" who pay big bucks (pun intended) to kill them in fenced-in fields so they can hang the grotesque antlers on the wall. Even before farm-raised deer are stalked (reported The Indianapolis Star in March in its multipart investigation), bucks' necks slump from the weight of the freakish horns. Most states allow such "hunting" and, in some, it's lightly regulated, lacking safety rules and more-humane conditions required by open-forest hunting laws and agriculture protocols. The Star highlighted several captive-deer diseases doctors still worry might jump species to humans, as "mad cow" disease did.

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