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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: ‘Game farming must go,’ wolf and wildlife conference told

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“Put a price on death — that’s what you’ll get.” — keynote speaker Darrel Rowledge, Canadian hunter, director of the Alberta Wilderness Association

The huge challenges we face in getting the nonhunting majority to get involved in caring for our wildlife and public lands were the focus last week of the Wolf and Wildlife Conservation and Coexistence Initiative. The theme throughout the two-day conference was how to replace powerful special-interest groups’ influence over legislators, the Natural Resources Board, and the Department of Natural Resources with an all-inclusive democracy and science.

The most cruel and unethical sports killers (bear, wolf and coyote hounders and trappers) have drafted rules and legislation that co-opt our public agencies and legislators. They bypass the public will.

The conference was held at the Ho-Chunk Conference Center in Baraboo and co-sponsored by the Ho-Chunk Nation and Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, supported by other tribes, wolf groups, and others. The event began with drums and a Ho-Chunk blessing, followed by a touching welcome by the Ho-Chunk Nation president. He reminded us that First Nations had lived in harmony with the earth and her creatures until they were invaded and treated as savages. He said, “Now the animals do not have freedom either. … Maybe it is too late, but we appreciate these efforts.”

Darrel Rowledge, keynote speaker, warned that chronic wasting disease is the conservation “fight of our lives.” His premise is that agricultural practices used on wildlife in game farms are a recipe for disaster and possible pandemic. As the No Accident website notes: “’Nightmare scenarios’ of CWD emerging as contagious in people as in deer are all but unthinkable. Top scientists are holding their breath, but not their concern. They are ‘worried,’ and point out that ‘the threat is far from negligible.’” Rowledge says, “Game farming must go.”

Wisconsin has game farms, fur farms, canned hunts, and fenced hounding enclosures all over the state. These cruel enclosures stress animal immune systems and promote injury, animal fighting, and disease. They are a health hazard and the DNR is not monitoring them. The hounding enclosures are supposed to make quarterly and annual reports of animals killed and animals purchased or taken from our woods, but they are not submitting them. I found altogether 10 reports from a couple of the 23 hounding facilities.

Scott Loomans, DNR wildlife rules coordinator, told me I was probably the first person to look at them.

Peter David is the wildlife biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. He was the one pro-wolf biologist DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp allowed on the state wolf advisory committee only because participation is a sovereign right of the 11 Ojibwe nations he represents. He said, “It is arrogant that we rule since we are dependent.” He decried wolf management. “One doesn’t manage — this should be about wolf stewardship, protection, coexistence.” He described the wolf as brother and educator of the people. “They keep the deer healthy, and teach stamina, work cooperation, family and community support.” He said, “Finally a wolf and wildlife conference not dominated by white middle-aged males,” remarking that women, like natives, are usually excluded from the narrative.

Throughout the conference the 1999 wolf “target” of 350 for minimum survival of the wolf was dismissed as “pulled out of the air.” David said, “Don’t pretend this numbers game works. Three hundred and fifty is not about the health of wolves. They are not recovered until they reach natural populations.”

That is indeed the science documented by Michael Soule’s work for the Rewilding Institute and “the three C’s of conservation” — cores, corridors and carnivores — known since the 1990s. As Dave Foreman writes in “Rewilding North America”: “First, the structure, resilience, and diversity of ecosystems is often maintained by ‘top-down’ ecological (trophic) interactions that are initiated by top predators. … In turn, the large predators require extensive space and connectivity.” Large, strictly protected core areas are essential. Corridors must connect these core areas for migration and genetic integrity. The focus is on self-regulating wildlife communities, not management for killing as the main interest.

Jeannine McManus, a scientist from South Africa, emphasized that we can no longer just think of singular species protection but must prioritize holistic ecosystem preservation. She described research on the efficacy and economy of nonlethal methods used to deter natural predation on farm animals versus the counterproductive lethal methods that increased depredation and costs.

Her studies show that South African national forests bring in much more revenue from wildlife watching than hunting. A discussion ensued that Wisconsin national forests should be set aside as wolf sanctuary treasures and protected from hunting for future generations. Wildlife watching and ecotourism replace violence, allowing our state’s life support systems to recover, balance, and flourish.

Demographics have shifted away from killing for fun and recreation. The abusive cruelties supported by the Legislature, DNR and Natural Resources Board are a violation of the public trust. Their desperate measures of $5 recruitment licenses, indoctrinating children into killing, and exponentially increasing hounding and trapping do not represent our public interest or public health.

A paragraph from the Rewilding Institute sums it up well: “Without the goal of rewilding for large areas with large carnivores, we are closing our eyes to what conservation really means — and demands. Disney cinematographer Lois Crisler, after years of filming wolves in the Arctic, wrote, ‘Wilderness without animals is dead — dead scenery. Animals without wilderness are a closed book.”

The conference was filmed and will be put on YouTube.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan emailed into the conference that the House bill H.R. 2822 is full of riders that gut the Clean Air Act, foil efforts to address climate change, and remove protections permanently from Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves. The bill has dozens of riders, all bad, that deregulate environmental and wildlife protections. Please call your representatives and ask to remove these riders from this bill.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Are humans, along with vanishing top predators, ‘the walking dead’?

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“If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover and our species itself would likely disappear early on.” ~ Gerardo Ceballos, lead author researching a new stage of mass extinction

We humans may exit our devastated planet early on. Maybe there is more at stake in the recreational killing of our wildlife than just murderous trophy carnage. It seems that wildlife and nature are not just an afterthought. Human extinction is in play, possibly in this century. Oops.

What will it be like without wolves, bears, cougars, lions, tigers, elephants and large natural predators as we allow them to be extinguished from the earth? Humans hyping themselves as the ultimate predator are at the pinnacle of risk of extinction. Will humans die off soon, leaving the rest of life to recover? Is there merit in the American Indian prediction that as the wolves go, so go humans?

Somehow people have the idea that the ongoing mass extinction magically exempts us. We are at a confluence of tipping points that threaten survival of all life on earth imminently — and it is snowballing. A June report by scientists from Berkeley, Stanford and Princeton is described in the UK’s The Independent, which blares the emergency: “The planet is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are ‘essentially the walking dead’ — including our own.”

When William Stolzenburg published his 2008 book “Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators,” he was interviewed as part of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Conservation Action Series. Stolzenburg said, “Science has changed dramatically. There has been a groundswell of studies showing that top (natural) predators have disproportionate power.”

That is a positive power cascading to create healthy intact life support systems. Human trophy hunting and poaching are on fast track to erasing them from earth.

Stolzenburg warned that no endangered species is getting enough funding to protect it. Certainly there is not the political will to help them — just the opposite. The year of the interview with Stolzenburg, $1.4 billion was allocated for endangered species. At the time, $1.4 billion was being spent every three days on war in Iraq. With state and federal agencies funded on killing licenses, and the general public excluded from democratic participation in decisions about nature and wildlife, there is little hope for their survival — or our own species’ survival — on this trajectory.

So what is next?

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, true to its killing bias, last week refused a “sensible compromise” from 22 environmental groups to downgrade protective status of wolves from endangered to threatened. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Humane Society of the United States, along with 20 others, made this scientifically unwarranted sacrifice/proposal to allow livestock owners to kill wolves that threatened their profits. (Wolves qualify for the more heavily regulated “endangered” status under the Endangered Species Act.) The proposal was meant to ease the senseless hatred of wolves, but killing wolves has only fueled hatred. Wolves have borne the irrational anger of hunters and farmers who resent federal protections as interference with their “rights” to do whatever they want, and take their hatred of government out on wolves, which they want at zero population.

Evidently humans are the only predator allowed to eat on the planet. Everything is ours and the rest of the species can die trying to find something left to eat. With half the planetary land base in animal agriculture or the feed to raise 70 billion farm animals for the slaughterhouse, there is not enough water, food or space available. Keystone predators are being starved out, targeted by hunters, and/or forced into hostile human contact. Natural predators receive the death sentence if they prey on animals raised for human consumption.

Kill by wanton kill — be it farm animal or wild animal — we humans are recklessly digging our own graves. So it would be a good time to step up to defend the wildlife humans are destroying for recreation. Since man started walking the earth, the composition of animal life has been transformed by human aggression, from 99 percent wildlife ecosystems to 2 percent wildlife and 98 percent human and farm animal systems.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission, “All hunting endeavors on land, globally” are a major cause of extinction, second only to habitat loss (much of it due to animal agriculture).

The time for a revolution to upend this death spiral is now.

To that end, a coalition of Indian tribal wildlife biologists, Adrian Treves of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, UW-Madison, along with Jodi Habush Sinykin, counsel for Midwest Environmental Advocates, have created The Wolf and Wildlife Conservation Coexistence Initiative, to take place July 15-16. Speakers will “discuss the need for wildlife stewardship in Wisconsin reflective of democratic values and public interests, best available science, and the U.S. public trust. This conference will discuss the processes within current wildlife stewardship and the biases within these systems.”

It will be held at the Ho-Chunk Convention Center, S3214 County Hwy. BD, in Baraboo. Registration is $100. All citizens interested in democratizing the care of our wildlife and public lands and learning more about wolves, wildlife, existing politics of special interest control, and the science of keystone predators are invited to attend, contribute, and ask questions. Click on the above conference web site for speakers, schedule, and registration.

The status quo is killing us. Come help us save our wolves and our world.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or http://www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Vegan Fest June 27 celebrates the sentience of all beings

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“It seems like the vegan lifestyle is the solution to so many of our problems.” ~ Jon Stuart, interviewing Gene Bauer, author of “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life”

The facts raise the question: Are humans sentient, or just operating on indoctrinated auto pilot?

People are increasingly aware that farm animals — cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys, and chickens — are all just like their family cat and dog. They are individuals who crave and respond to affection and fear harm, as we do.

Science has belatedly caught up with what animal lovers have known for a long time. The July 7, 2012, Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness declares that “non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses also possess these neurological substrates (that generate consciousness).” In plain English, this means that all animals and birds evolved in parallel consciousness to humans and feel the same pain, suffering, and happiness as humans. We are all beings gifted with life.

Jon Stewart is moved by the plight of farm animals. In he prepared to retire from his show, he and his wife purchased a farm to rescue abused farm animals.

Humans are easily indoctrinated and extremely habitual. That is why the billions spent on the “beef, it’s what’s for dinner,” “pork, the other white meat” and “finger-lickin’ good” advertisements are so deadly effective. The addiction to carcasses is really an unnatural aberration promoted by the industrial agriculture conglomerates. It is extremely unhealthy for humans, farm animals, wildlife and is threatening the survival of life on earth.

This is stunning: “10,000 years ago 99 percent of biomass (i.e. zoomass) was wild animals; today, humans and the animals that we raise as food make up 98 percent of the zoomass.”

The Cowspiracy documentary explores the terrible costs of eating animals. Consider this from the film fact sheet

• 70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour.

• Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

• Livestock is responsible for 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide — a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.

• Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.

• 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.

• 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1 pound of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1 pound of cheese.

• 1,000 gallons/liters of water are required to produce 1 gallon/liter of milk.

• 1/3 of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading driver.

• Livestock covers 45 percent of the earth’s total land. Nearly half of the contiguous U.S. is devoted to animal agriculture.

• Livestock operations on land have created more than 500 nitrogen-flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans.

• A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.

• 90 million tons of fish — as many as 2.7 trillion animals — are pulled from the ocean each year. (As much as 40 percent is discarded as by-catch.)

• Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.

• 40-50 million sharks are killed in fishing lines and nets.

• We could see fishless oceans by 2048.

• Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91 percent of Amazon destruction.

• Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.

• 82 percent of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by Western countries.

• 15 time more protein can be derived from any given area of land with plants, rather than animals.

• A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50 percent less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th the amount of oil, 1/13th the water, and 1/18th the land compared to a meat-lover for their food.

The Cowspiracy fact sheet references the 2004 Global Species Assessment as the most recent empirical data on global extinction rates covering just 38,047 species.

Simon Stuart, Ph.D., chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission, gives this assessment of meat-eating as of 2012:

“Habitat loss from grazing livestock and feed crops is far and away the most pervasive threat to terrestrial animal species, impacting 86 percent of all mammals, 88 percent of amphibians, and 86 percent of all birds. One in every eight birds, one in every three amphibians, and one in every four mammals is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the near future. Overexploitation of wild animals for consumption remains a second major factor for extinction, such as can be seen in bushmeat trade in Africa and Southeast Asia and all hunting endeavors on land, globally.”

Repeat that: “All hunting endeavors on land, globally (as the second major factor of extinction).”

The Alliance for Global Conservation estimates 36 percent of all species on our planet are in danger of extinction.

With 99 percent of wildlife biomass on earth now reduced to 2 percent, it is clearly insanely inappropriate for state agencies to be promoting and recruiting more recreational killing, as Wisconsin’s DNR is doing. All trapping and hunting of wildlife in any civilized country should be eliminated immediately.

Welcome to Mad City Vegan Fest at the Goodman Center June 27, where you can explore life-saving alternatives.

The House and Senate have added policy to strip protections from Great Lakes wolves and gut the Endangered Species Act, throwing the few wolves we have left back to the brutality of the Wisconsin DNR. Please act now and contact your federal representatives by phone and here.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: GMO roulette: God move over

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“The pharmaceutical industry has no interest in having you well, because they don’t make money if you’re well.” ~ “Genetic Roulette” documentary

Every person in this country should watch the documentary “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives.” I stopped eating corn, canola oil, soybeans, wheat and sugar beets after watching it.

“Genetic Roulette” was written by Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology. A variety of scientists, agro-ecologists, professors, and researchers contributed to the film, including Don Lotter, Ph.D. agro-ecologist and plant biologist; Colin Campbell, Ph.D. professor emeritus in nutritional biochemistry at Cornell; Joel Bakan, law professor at the University of British Columbia; Shiv Chopra from Health Canada; Arpad Pusztai, Ph.D. and retired plant biochemist from Rowett Research Institute in Scotland; consumer advocate Ralph Nader; and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

The documentary explains that Monsanto, the same company that advertised PCBs, Agent Orange, and DDT as safe, is in charge of 170 million acres of genetically modified crops that are cross-pollinating with fields as far as 500 miles away. This may be causing irreversible genetic damage to our entire food system.

The revolving door from Monsanto leadership to the decision-makers at the Food and Drug Administration, the federal agency that is supposed to be responsible for protecting the public health through regulating food safety, is typified by Michael Taylor, who was a longtime lawyer and public policy executive of Monsanto. The film explains how he became senior adviser to the FDA commissioner and, in 2010, deputy commissioner of the FDA. The FDA gives a lot of leeway to the manufacturers of genetically modified foods, setting up a voluntary consultation process with GMO firms.

With lobbying and alleged bribery, “Genetic Roulette” describes, companies like Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer, Syngenta, and Dow — all chemical companies — have designed and marketed food crops patented to profit from the sale of seeds created to tolerate soaking with toxic chemicals — herbicides and pesticides — that they also sell.

Studies on rats by Arpad Pusztai for the British Government in the mid-1990s show that in 10 days’ exposure to GMO potatoes, rats have slower growth, compromised immune systems, smaller testicles, brains and livers, and precancerous cells. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, “Genetic Roulette” notes, advises all doctors to recommend non-GMO foods to their patients to avoid reproductive problems, organ failures, cholesterol imbalances and gastrointestinal distress. The meteoric rise of autism in this country (often accompanied by intestinal problems) parallels the use of glyphosates found in Roundup, a Monsanto mainstream weed killer.

I had my own experience with the Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, a common product containing glyphosate. In 2004, when I worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do a prairie restoration on six acres of my property, they insisted on preparing the proposed site with one application of Roundup. I resisted, but they would not till the meadow or work with me if I did not use this chemical. USFWS personnel told me that Roundup dissipates in three days and is harmless. Within weeks of use, the natural bee colony in my oak tree on the other side of my house had disappeared entirely. I developed lesions on the palms of my hands and my wrists. A dermatologist told me I had psoriasis. It has persisted to this day. (Skin diseases often plague people working in GMO fields, “Genetic Roulette” reports.) The pollinators I hoped to help are few. Few butterflies. Few bees. Ironically, the Roundup did a very poor job of getting rid of the grass.

A report of a 2013 study in the Journal of Environmental Protection explains that Roundup is the most widely used pesticide in the world; 185 million pounds are used in the U.S. alone each year. Glyphosate is the active chemical ingredient. It is absorbed into the plant and root system and cannot be washed off. It pulls the nutrients from crops, destroys the health of soil and water, and destroys biodiversity (bees, butterflies, beneficial insects, birds, amphibians). Then livestock eat largely Roundup-contaminated crops and concentrate the chemicals in their flesh and in their milk, cheese and dairy products.

The genetic alterations to plants changes our genes when we consume them. Our babies’ genes are changed permanently, says Rima Laibow, medical director of Natural Solutions Foundation, in the “Genetic Roulette” documentary.

Monsanto and DuPont, the “Genetic Roulette” documentary explains, paired up the commercialize the epicyte gene, which creates antibodies in a man to his own sperm and in women to sperm, causing infertility in both sexes. Since the U.S. does not have GMO labeling, we don’t know whether this gene is in our food.

What’s more, the documentary describes how spider genes have been injected into goats to milk them for spider protein to make bulletproof vests. Cow genes have been injected into pigs to create more cowhide. Some GMO chickens have no feathers to pluck. Salmon have been genetically modified to grow faster.

A Cornucopia Institute study makes the case that glyphosates in Roundup may be the most significant contributing factor in the explosion of many illnesses and conditions associated with a Western diet, including gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Add in Parkinson’s disease, allergies, mammary tumors, and liver diseases.

“The foodstuffs of the Western diet, primarily grown by industrial agriculture, are increasingly being produced using a two-part system of engineered plant seeds and toxic chemical application,” the study states. “Novel bacterial genes are incorporated through genetic engineering, and toxic chemical residues are readily taken up by the engineered plants.”

“Studies have shown sharp increases in glyphosate contamination in streams in the Midwestern United States following the mid-1990s, pointing to its increasing role as the herbicide of choice in agriculture,” according to the study.

Over 50 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America now require labeling of GMO foods. As a result, they have almost disappeared from the shelves of stores in Europe, “Genetic Roulette” points out.

“We are heading downhill at a rapid rate of speed toward our own extinction,” a narrator in “Genetic Roulette” intones — deep into a human-caused mass extinction. Educate yourselves for the food fight of your lives.

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Urge Rep. Chris Taylor to end trapping on Wisconsin public lands via this petition.

Tell Congress to keep wolves federally protected by clicking here and here.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or http://www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Posted by on July 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Treated like an animal

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For the animal kingdom, the Holocaust never ended.” — Philip Wollen, former vice president of Citibank, vegan activist

To emphasize how badly someone was treated, people often say, “He was treated like an animal.” To describe how badly someone behaved, others often say, “He acted like an animal.” This consistent demonizing of animals, demeaning them, is as much a part of our cultural framework as fried chicken. Most animals are considered irrelevant, our abuse of them out of sight, and therefore out of mind — where most people like to keep it safe from examination. Safe from personal responsibility to act.

We all share equal responsibility for abuse of the vulnerable.

This is a chance to take a closer look at two of the most despised, forgotten, and abused animals — starting with the rat. A new study out of Japan states that rats are different, and better, than one might have been indoctrinated to think.

The Japanese study was designed to threaten the rats with drowning, often making them tread water for up to five minutes. Another rat, in an adjacent box, had the choice of saving the soggy rat by pushing open a door to allow moving to dry land, and learned quickly to rescue the rat in distress. If the adjacent cage was dry and the rat not in distress, the rats did not open the door. If the rat had already suffered the water routine, there was more likelihood of him moving faster to the rescue, suggesting empathy. Even given the choice of a chocolate treat and rescuing a fellow rat in distress, rats moved to help.

Over 100 million rats and mice are killed in laboratories every year, subjected to all sorts of diseases, invasive routines, amputations, tumor inducement, most often without any anesthesia. They make up 95 percent of the animals used in labs in this country. No experiment, no matter how painful, is illegal. Rats and mice are excluded from even the inadequate protections of the Animal Welfare Act. “They are considered so unimportant that no one has to report how many are experimented on.”

It is no wonder, with universities setting the example, routinely abusing animals in research, that our culture is so cruel and compromised.

The avian flu exposes another massive abuse of animals. Why is one farm in Jefferson County allowed to have more than 1 million chickens? How could that be healthy as food production or capable of humane oversight? Just in Wisconsin, 1.2 million chickens and 602,600 domesticated turkeys have been “depopulated.” However, 39 million birds have been “affected” in the United States since December. Their fate was the same mass killing.

Fourteen wild birds have been documented with avian flu, mostly in the western states. It seems odd that, with low wild contagion, the choice is to destroy almost 39 million domestic birds. Wouldn’t some of them develop immunity and manifest that immunity to be studied? Why not just quarantine them? Too much trouble, maybe.

Electrocution, stun guns, and decapitation are all methods commonly used to kill chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys for human consumption. They are not suitable tools for mass killing quickly. Carbon dioxide has been used extensively. The use of carbon monoxide is acceptable but “causes more convulsions.” The newest method is water-based foam, which can suffocate 15,000 chickens in 15 minutes. The FDA has approved it as humane. The link provided shows an example of chickens not in individual cages being suffocated as foam envelops them — “so the FDA allows the packaging of their dead flesh to be sold as ‘free range.'”

Karen Davis started United Poultry Concerns, “promoting the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.” Her website describes the environmental consequences of a factory farm the size of the one “depopulated” in Jefferson County: “A 1 million hen factory farm produces 125 tons of wet manure a day!”

Finally, trapping and fur farms indiscriminately destroy dwindling populations of wildlife. Like the use of mice in vivisection, fur farms and trapping are operated with no oversight or rules protecting animals from anal electrocution, bludgeoning, swinging them to the ground to kill them or bashing them against walls. Their format is animal abuse. Trapping and fur farms are expanding exponentially in Wisconsin. The relatively small number of people who inflict this on animals are more organized than the majority who could end it.

Year after year, “humane” people don’t bother to act. They don’t want to look at slaughterhouse videos, trapping videos, or animal experimentation. They would rather just shut their eyes and let this continue. James Baldwin wrote: “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.”

You can sign and network a petition to Rep. Chris Taylor to author legislation to end trapping on Wisconsin publicly purchased lands, a petition to end trapping federally, and a petition to keep Wisconsin wolves protected.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com and www.wiwildlifeethic.org and http://www.facebook.com/wiwildlifeethic?fref=ts

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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Let’s have $5 ‘gatherer’ license to take live animals and plants from public lands

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“Any society allows you to agree with the government. A free society allows you to disagree fundamentally.” ~ I.F. Stone, “Con Games”

To equalize fair citizen participation, I propose that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources establish laws encouraging citizens to dig up trees and plants and take live animals from our public lands without limit, with a $5 annual “gatherer” license incentive. Citizens can start a small nursery business of indigenous plants and trees or a live indigenous animal center to re-populate empty Wisconsin woods.

The season would not have to interrupt the $5 licenses sold to new trappers for indiscriminate killing of wildlife. Their $5 season spans mid-October through March in the south, into April birthing seasons up north. It would be appropriate to have live animal trapping after birthing seasons in March/April and plants and trees taken during spring re-growth of new vegetation through fall.

As equal citizens, we should all be able to use our public lands for equal enterprise and private profit opportunities.

Trapping is the only private for-profit business of indiscriminate exploitation currently allowed on our publicly purchased lands. With this new proposal, the majority who want to experience living wildlife could start private businesses and buy back living systems to reboot life in their own communities. This would create outdoor opportunities to teach children to gather from the public lands. After all, gathering (hunting/gathering) is historic tradition and our right.

Democracy is only served with equal treatment under the law.

The United States traps more animals for the fur trade than any other country in the world. According to Born Free, 3-5 million animals are trapped and sold for profit annually. Born Free points out that “most are clubbed or suffocated to death as bullet holes and blood stains reduce the pelts’ value.”

In Wisconsin, 2,200 new trappers were recruited in 2013 and another 2,041 trappers were recruited in 2014 with new trapper $5 incentive licenses. Youth under age 15 (no age restrictions) have a $10 license. A regular license costs $20. Over 10,500 trappers actively trapped in 2014.

Gatherers deserve similar rights.

In addition to the estimated 435,694 animals trapped in Wisconsin last year, mostly from our public lands, another half-million were collateral damage. They had poor fur quality, were too young or old, rotted in traps, or were birds of prey, water birds or pets — all dispatched as trash animals. Additionally, 25,544 beavers (ever on the decline) were estimated killed along with 1,267 beavers removed from stocked “trout streams,” and 1,200 beaver dams were removed in 2013 — 150 to 200 of them dynamited.

Russia is the main market for furs, and fur prices fell with the tough Russian economy last year. Average prices were: bobcat, $97; fox, $21-$34 (fox trapping seen in this short video); raccoon, $6-$16; mink, $18; coyote, $23; otter $64; skunk and weasel just a couple of dollars each. Such low value placed on our suffering wildlife and the destruction of our commons.

A current petition to end the use of snares, conibear and steel jaw traps in the United States is gaining support. The author of the petition, Kathleen Buchanan, emailed that she was motivated by a dog named Cub. “In February, he was discovered along a country road in New Mexico, half his body riddled with shotgun pellets, hobbling upon the exposed ends of bones where his hind legs once were — injuries consistent with a leghold trap.” Additional research reported by Stephen Messenger revealed that 2.7 million wild animals were killed by the federal Department of Agriculture’s agents and contractors last year — “7,400 animals every single day.”

Trapping is described as a “steady growth” job opportunity. Fewer than 150,000 people trap in this country — 0.0004 percent of the population.

The general gross imbalance of power is clearly shown by comments against a commercial bobcat fur farm recently proposed in Montana. 21,185 comments came in from Montana, around the country, and all over the world. 21,165 of them were against the fur farm and 20 supported it. The fur farm was approved.

Despite over half the world’s wildlife being destroyed in just 40 years, state agencies are accelerating ecosystem destruction through market trapping and trapper recruitment. In the 1800s there was much more wildlife and fewer trappers, yet market trapping threatened extinctions even then.

Wisconsin is now a hotbed of lyme disease because foxes and bobcats, raccoons and coyotes are being trapped out. Mice populations are exploding. They carry the tick life cycle. With wolves and coyotes declining, chronic wasting disease is already in 25 percent of the 2-year-old bucks. State policies are destroying nature’s balance to serve the narrow interests of hunters, trappers and hounders.

We are directly related to other beings who have learned how to live here naturally, in harmony, over millions of years. We must feel this connection and move from knowing we are doing something wrong to doing something about it. We need to protect their lives with our own. We depend on them. They depend on us.

We have failed them for too long.

Citizens can sign and network a petition to Rep. Chris Taylor to author legislation and gather support from other Wisconsin legislators to end trapping entitlement on our public lands or open them to all citizens for gathering under similar terms.

Let’s get it done.

Please call your federal representative to co-sponsor and support the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 2016/S. 1081).

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Enjoy this year’s Vegan Fest! Help needed!

On behalf of Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic, Patricia signed up (paid the $100 booth fee) for Vegan Fest in Madison on Saturday, June 27. This has been an annual event that WWE has attended, having found it a great forum to have a chance to meet like-minded individuals who are concerned about the downward spiral of Wisconsin’s wildlife and the effect that global climate change is exerting on our planet.

As one of Madison’s best summertime festivals, Vegan Fest is offers stimulating conversation, delicious vegan food/recipes, a huge raffle, exhibitors (including WWE) and speakers who share their considerable knowledge regarding the facts, fiction and food choices that consider the well-being of animals and our health. Please click here for further information. It really doesn’t get better than this!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Patricia cannot make this year’s Vegan Fest. Consequently, we are asking for your help in setting up/taking down the exhibit and with attending to the booth. The key in making WWE’s presence a success is YOU!! Explain to others the plight of our wildlife, and promote/educate them about the importance of coming out one night a year to vote against more killing and ELECT delegates interested in preserving Wisconsin’s wildlife.

Please step up and contact Patricia! She can provide you with more details, informational flyers and WWE bumper stickers (that can be sold to help cover the cost for our booth). In addition to asking for volunteers to cover the booth, we are looking for someone with a truck or SUV that can carry the structure to hold the WWE vinyl 6-foot banner (it will just fit into a standard size SUV). Thanks in advance for your help!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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