Maryland 1st state to offer selective birth control for deer

Not today, deer

Maryland has become the first state to approve the use of Gonacon, a deer birth control product, but the state’s director of wildlife said Friday he can’t imagine it ever being used in what he termed the open landscape.

“This is the only immuno-contraceptive for deer that has federal approval,” said Paul Peditto, director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service. “It was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency…

Peditto said the manpower and expense of applying the birth control chemical will limit its use.

“It will cost up to $1,000 to apply it to a deer,” Peditto said. The deer must first be shot via dart gun to tranquilize it before Gonacon can be injected. EPA requires that the deer be tagged so that it can be identified as having been treated. Another tag will state that the meat of the animal should not be consumed by humans…

Peditto said authority to sedate, inject and tag deer won’t simply be turned over to a home owners association and its maintenance crew. Who btw are the only likely candidates for using this method.

Applicators must jump through several hoops, including registration, testing and association with a licensed veterinarian.

Stephanie Boyles, a wildlife scientist with the Humane Society of the United States, said…“There is a demand for nonlethal options and now that Maryland has stepped forward we believe the DNR will start hearing from those who want to use that option.”

Reading through Maryland newspaper, blogs, Letters to the Editor – locations often infested with religious nutballs and Kool Aid Party foot soldiers – have been hilarious. Some sensible comments here and there about the DNR continuing existing relationships with outfits like Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Folks don’t seem to understand this alternative is only that – an alternative for a very limited number of occasions.

And the folks who oppose birth control for everything from animals to insects as being contrary to their God’s Will – should stick their noses somewhere will it will more easily relieve their itching.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

DNR = Do Not Resuscitate ≠ Republican Death Panels

Ever see a teabagger at an anti-war demonstration?

A DNR, or do not resuscitate order, is a legal document that ensures that resuscitation efforts will not be attempted if someone suffers a cardiac or respiratory arrest. End-of-life, or advance care planning, is a subject that far too many families avoid discussing until it’s too late…

Advance directives provide instruction for your family and physician about the types of treatment you want at the end of your life. Sadly, most Americans don’t have them. A 2003 report by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research found that less than 50 percent of terminally ill patients studied had an advance care directive in their medical record. Of those who had directives, between 65 and 76 percent of their physicians were not aware it existed.

End-of-life planning, unfortunately, has emerged as a hot button political issue. In 2009, House Democrats included a provision in the health care reform bill that would have allowed Medicare to reimburse doctors for end-of-life discussions. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin derided the proposal as “Obama’s death panel,” falsely asserting that the government would act as arbiter on who would receive health care. Then-Minority Leader John Boehner claimed that encouraging these discussions would be a step toward “government-sponsored euthanasia.” Ultimately, the provision ignited such intense vitriol that congressional leaders dropped the provision from the final bill that was signed by President Obama.

Many of the arguments against advance-care planning, however, lack merit. The point of the provision was to foster conversation about dying between doctors and patients as well as informed decision making. In an October 2008 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that patients who had these discussions were more likely to accept their prognosis and preferred to receive comfort care, rather than aggressive life-extending therapies. Many choose hospice care, which treats the entire person, both medically and spiritually…

April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day — an invaluable opportunity for families across America to begin to make informed health-care decisions or revisit the decisions that have been made…Figure out what you want, document your wishes, inform your loved ones and urge them to do the same.

The religious phonies who call themselves conservatives should butt out of everyone else’s life. Those of us who choose – who demand the right to choose – dignity as an end draws near don’t need volunteer saviors telling us what we can and can’t do.

The Kongressional Klowns who get in the way of Medicare don’t wish to see us have professional advice – or aid in the cost of getting that advice. They should leave the corporate cabal that runs American politics and get an honest job.