VIENNA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – An animal activist from the Youngstown area is trying to stop Candywood Golf Course from becoming a wildlife hunting preserve.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Friday that Candywood is in the process of getting its hunting preserve license.
Holly Justice, of Justice Rallies, is organizing a movement and says she won’t go down without her voice being heard.
“It’s just cruel and barbaric,” she said.
After talking to around 20 people who live close to Candywood, she admits some are in favor of the preserve. Others have safety concerns like whether hunters will shoot bullets or arrows.
“It’s the fear of the unknown because we don’t really have any details,” said Jackie Rush of Vienna.
Justice plans to have a peaceful rally before the next trustees meeting in April.
“We just want to let council members of Vienna know that residents of Vienna do not want this to happen in their own backyard,” she said.
Justice created a Facebook event for the rally on April 4th. As of Sunday afternoon, 72 people say they’re attending and 136 are interested.
“We’ve got a lot of positive feedback, a lot of people who want to get involved,” she said.
Justice says Vienna Police will notified beforehand, and the rally will be peaceful.
“We will rally quietly. We just want our voices to be heard.”
First News contacted all three Vienna Township Trustees, but none of them have responded back yet.
For more information, visit Justice Rallies’ Facebook page.