Deer Horns Farm

Russian deers

And now again Russian far East. In that region of Russia the demand for deers horn is high due to a big belief of Chinese and other Eastern traditional medicines on the great powers one can get eating the drugs prepared with some amount of deer horn added. Naturally deers have to drop the horn rack by themselves thru some periods of times, or seasonly, but farm owners are not intended to wait for this so they use old good saws to get some horn. The way to do it looks very cruel, and if you love animals you probably better not enter, but as people tell the animals don’t suffer much because there are no nerves inside the horn – only in outer skin, so they say it’s not more than a deep scratch feeling.

Russian deers 1

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Also in those areas people are fond of eating raw deers, as we mentioned here before.

photos: REUTERS/ Ilya Naimuschin

24 thoughts on “Deer Horns Farm”

  1. I see they are using a rubber tourniquet on the antler. this helps, but they should use a local anaesthetic too. all sites about “deer velveting” describe this… I’m sure its not nice for the deer even though only the skin of antler has nerves.

  2. I also saw a movie about that, deers have no nerves in their horns, so they feel no pain – it must feel like cutting hair or nails.

  3. Doesn’t look like it’s very painful otherwise the deer would be writhing. Also, the antlers grow back, so it’s not an inhumane activity.

  4. “The antlers are also richly endowed with a dense network of nerves. These nerves make the velvet antlers sensitive to the touch and thereby protect the soft growing antlers against damage.” -Jim Heffelfinger, Deers of The Southwest 2006 (printed by Texas A&M University Press)

    I just skimmed the internet but it seems to me at this stage the antlers are very sensitive, it isn’t until the velvet comes off until the antlers are mature and might loose feeling.

  5. “The antlers are also richly endowed with a dense network of nerves. These nerves make the velvet antlers sensitive to the touch and thereby protect the soft growing antlers against damage.” -Jim Heffelfinger, Deers of The Southwest 2006 (printed by Texas A&M University Press)

    I just skimmed the internet but it seems to me at this stage the antlers are very sensitive, it isn’t until the velvet comes off then the antlers are mature and might loose feeling.

  6. “Velvet antler is defined as growing antler which contains an abundant blood and nerve supply and which has a fully intact skin with a covering of fine soft hair. The surgical removal of velvet antler without some form of anaesthesia will cause pain and distress to the animal.”

    http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/animal-welfare/codes/antlers/index.htm#3

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  8. If the animal feels no pain, why you need to tie him in a piece of wood, cover her eyes, and join some strong men to keep him steady for a man to saw his horns off?

    Anyway, I think the poor animal have no choice, anyway. Liking or not, her horns would be cut off, with pain or not. So, it makes no difference what the animal feels or not.

  9. It looks pretty gruesome…I’ve been using deer velvet spray though, and I really think that it works. If anyone is interested you can check out my blog at http://velvetdeer.net -hope that’s allowed. Thanks for the pics, lol.

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