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TONIGHT’S ELECTION & VOTE – PATRICIA RANDOLPH ON WPR!

THE 80TH ANNUAL DNR SPRING MEETING (ELECTION AND VOTE)
MONDAY, APRIL 14, 6:30 P.M.

Today is the day! Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic (WWE) has provided considerable background information regarding tonight’s meeting and what is at stake for our public lands and Wisconsin’s wildlife. We hope that you take the time to participate and make your voice heard!

WWE has carefully reviewed the DNR’s questionnaire that meeting registrants will be asked to complete. Because some of the questions may be unclear or confusing, we have prepared a guide that identifies, in our opinion, the most humane answer to each question. This information can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/218203531/Wisconsin-Wildlife-Ethic-Humane-Responses-to-DNR-2014-Spring-Meeting

As with any election, the power to vote and the choices you make are yours and yours alone. WWE thanks you for your interest and participation!

In response to urgent requests from several people to discuss the issues and clarify the election to the public so they could participate fully, WWE’s Patricia Randolph will be on Wisconsin Public Radio tomorrow morning (6 a.m. with Joy Cardin). While we are expecting a simple wrap-up of tonight’s election and vote, it is nice to have a platform to further discuss the issues with listeners across the state! Thank you WPR!!

We realize that tomorrow’s show is very early, but it would be greatly appreciated if several of our members and Wisconsin residents favoring the humane treatment of our wildlife call in during the show to provide some balance to the discussion (we anticipate that pro-hunting and pro-trapping interests will be also calling in). We know that we can count on YOU to help Patricia get the word out regarding your experience at tonight’s Election and Vote, as well as provide key input regarding several issues that will likely affect Wisconsin residents when it comes to the use of OUR public lands and the preservation of wildlife for our use and for generations to come!

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Help Write the Next Chapter by Voting for Wisconsin’s Wildlife

The 80th Annual Statewide DNR Spring Meeting (Election and Vote) – an outrage of deception and duplicity by the DNR and hunting lobby “Conservation” (Killing) Congress that is supposed to be elected by ALL WISCONSIN RESIDENTS – is TOMORROW, Monday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic (WWE) invites you to attend this important meeting! Bring your family, friends and acquaintances who care about the future of Wisconsin’s natural ecosystems and wildlife. Children can vote on the issues as well – a great civics lesson!

Hunters have long lusted after unlimited access to private property as they kill out our public lands. And they intend to get it with their most cruel killing practices – running dogs 24/7 statewide year-round on coyotes and all wildlife – to follow their packs of dogs into private property without landowner permission. Tundra swan kill. Kill our rare albino deer protected in the state since the 1940′s – such a rare sight for Wisconsin residents, a wonderful tourist attraction, and a beloved neighbor in the few areas where they live.

Now that trappers are in our state parks and all public lands with unlimited traps and conibear deathtraps, they want to trap all night and day 7 months of the year. So shameless and pointless…especially since much of their “harvest” goes to the Chinese and Russian rich who have destroyed their own wildlife.

Time for regime change!

The link to all meeting/voting locations and the DNR’s questionnaire is contained in Patricia Randolph’s latest column in today’s Capital Times. This information can be obtained by clicking on the following links:

http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/patricia-randolph-s-madravenspeak-a-million-citizens-should-attend-nature/article_5303fb06-d4e0-5709-b09a-d2b05084cdff.html

Petitions against killing tundra swans and white deer are also provided as links in Patricia’s column to sign and network.

WWE will send out a humane “cheat sheet” tomorrow. Read through every question carefully, and of course, express your view on the issues that are presented. WWE advises you to be attentive as you read each question however, as sometimes the issues are framed in murky or inhumane terms. Sometimes you will see “Do you want to kill this way – or that way – or more or more than that?” so truly humane choices are not even an option. Rest assured however that WWE is forming more relationships with other humane organizations and is working hard to encourage humane delegates to run and become elected across this state. Then, and only then, will Wisconsin stop being the enigma it is – one of the most pro-hunting and trapping states in the U.S. Only then, will the humane perspective on wildlife issues be considered. Only then, will proven scientifically-based approaches be used to manage our wildlife. Only then, will the DNR become accountable when it comes to managing Wisconsin’s natural areas and wildlife.

We urge you to be those humane delegates this year! It is time to claim our citizen rights!

Please take an I.D. that establishes your residency in county in which you are voting. The ELECTION gives all the power of deciding which questions make the questionnaire and delegates have the final vote for their county, despite citizen votes. After registering and getting ballots for the two elections, please go immediately into the room for the 7 p.m. elections, first order of the night (elect two delegates – one is a 3-year position, the other a 2-year position). Don’t worry… you’ll have as much time as you want to complete the questionnaire…but you’ll only have a few minutes to vote.

If you do not know if a humane candidate is running in your county – nominate yourself (or run with a friend, and nominate each other for ONE of each position). Before leaving, ASK how many votes you got and let WWE know so we are aware of how the counties voted. The DNR is a killing funded state agency and they count the vote. In a perfect world, humane election monitors would be present in every county to help count the vote and ensure the integrity of the election. We know that it’s a lot to ask…but if you’re already at the election, please step forward and become a monitor to make sure that votes are properly counted. Rest assured, the hunters will run two candidates in every county – that is what WE NEED FOR A VOICE!

MORE THAN ANYTHING, KNOW THE ELECTION RESULTS…HOW DNR POLICY WILL BE DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED…HOW CONGRESS WILL VOTE…AND HOW THE NEXT CHAPTER ON THE WAR AGAINST WILDLIFE WILL BE WRITTEN…DEPENDS ON YOU! Please step up if a humane candidate is not running. The hunters who run this are not of any scientific qualification – they just lobby for more killing and take.

The hunters will only nominate one candidate not to split their vote – so if no one steps up to oppose them – just stand and say “I nominate myself. I like living wildlife and intact healthy ecosystems. I want more diversity in representation for the 1.6 million bird watchers and safety on our public lands.” Then ask how many people voted for you. If you don’t win the first election, run for the second. If someone humane is nominated by another person or nominates themselves, do not oppose them because such action will split the humane vote. Instead, serve as an election monitor!

While not anticipated, if any humane person attending the meeting or running as a candidate is hassled or experiences inappropriate behavior by the hunters attending the meeting (or the boards directing it), please let Patricia Randolph/WWE know so such actions can be documented and acted upon. Usually the hunters distinguish themselves by saying they are lifetime members of the NRA, and/ or openly disclose that they enjoy shooting a variety of animals.

Please stay the entire night so you can learn how decisions are made in your state and can vote on citizen resolutions for change (usually about half way through the night).

It is one night a year where you can make a difference! Please take a carload of friends who care about living wildlife and democracy!!

Thanks for voting for wildlife!To those running as delegates, good luck! WWE would like to hear about your experiences either through this blog, or by communicating directly with Patricia (her contact information is provided below).

Please join us at WWE (www.wiwildlifeethic.org) to organize for democracy in our commonwealth governance and healthy humane stewardship of our wildlife. We are citizens too and we have been pushed out of state parks and our public lands and deprived of our rights for far too long.

Patricia Randolph’s Contact Information:

State Journalist
Madravenspeak living wildlife column every other Sunday online
Capital Times newspaper archive here: http://host.madison.com/search/?l=25&skin=/branding/ct&k=%22%23ct%22&sd=desc&s=start_time&f=html&q=madravenspeak

www.wiwildlifeethic.org

608-981-2287

 

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Step Up and Become a Delegate!

Over the past couple of weeks, WWE has provided a wealth of information regarding the upcoming DNR Election and Vote! We are happy to report that pro-wildlife candidates will be running for one or more delegate positions in several counties – but the truth is that as of right now, the candidates to be voted on in the majority of counties solely represent the pro-hunting and pro-trapping interests.

Are you satisfied with the status quo? Complacency by pro-wildlife organizations and Wisconsin residents at last year’s election has had disastrous consequences for wildlife. That election generated actions to implement: (1) a wolf hunt with killing quotas far more brutal than that faced in any of our neighboring states; (2) running dogs on wildlife letting them maim and kill prey; and (3) allowing the trapping & hunting in all state parks and public lands. What’s on the table for this year? Well, if anti-wildlife interests have their way, legislation that will: (1) allow hunters to gain access to private land without landowner permission to retrieve their dogs; (2) authorize the DNR to create a tundra swan hunt; (3) remove existing protections and allow the killing of Wisconsin’s rare albino deer; and (4) provide trappers with the ability to trap all night in our State parks, Stewardship lands, former wildlife refuges and all publicly purchased lands. This is sportsmanship? Is this acceptable to you? The power is in YOU running as a candidate!

Annually, delegates commit just 20 hours of their time for a great cause (they attend four meetings – two in their County and two in Central Wisconsin). What do you receive in return for such a small time commitment? Stand out and be heard. Learn more about wildlife. Bring accountability and real science into the DNR’s decision-making process. Influence the legislature so that the risk posed by hunting to willing participants AND the entire community is reduced. Help communicate that hunting is ineffective for solving human/deer conflicts for many reasons including the fact that the DNR intentionally keeps the deer population high for hunters. Provide valued input regarding objectionable practices such as canned hunting, trophy hunting, baiting and running packs of dogs on animals. Ensure that the lands managed for hunting in Wisconsin are not purchased and maintained by taxpayer money (90% of Wisconsin residents do not hunt). Have a voice in protecting our State’s natural ecosystems and with restoring the balance of animal populations. Be a steward for Wisconsin’s wildlife and change the course of how our natural areas and wildlife are viewed and managed by the DNR today and for generations to come!

A tutorial providing details regarding what to expect at the meeting, INCLUDING information regarding the delegation nomination and voting process, can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/214706026/2014-DNR-Election-and-Vote-Tutorial. If you have any questions regarding the role and responsibilities of delegates, please contact Patricia Randolph at Madravenspeak@gmail.com. Also, contact Patricia if you’d be willing to run as a candidate (she is maintaining a list to ensure that only one pro-wildlife advocate runs for a particular delegate position so the vote is not split).

 

 
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Call to Action!

POSTERS THAT CAN BE DOWNLOADED TO HIGHLIGHT DIFFERENT HUNTER POWER GRABS ON THE APRIL 14 ELECTION AND VOTE

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Allowing trapping all night

Tundra Swan

Annual Tundra Swan Hunt

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Private land access w/o restrictions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapping

Teaching trapping to kids too young for classes

Madravenspeak Column # 86 Albino deer-1

Rare white deer kill

Trapping pic (coyote)

Trapping expansion with dogs

Adapt them to your county location by copying and pasting the location from the DNR web site locations for every county:
Second link here: http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html

 
 

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CALL TO ACTION!

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic Members and All Who Care About Living Wildlife and a Living Wisconsin

Monday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. is the one night of the year when you can make a difference for Wildlife! Please attend and take a carload of friends with you!

A call for two people to stand for Election in every county in our state. Stand up for our wildlife in a way that matters!

Registration is at 6:30 p.m with the Election at 7:00 p.m.

IThe second Monday in April every year (this year, Monday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.) is an ELECTION & VOTE sponsored by the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Wisconsin “Conservation” Congress. There are key issues on the docket this year, including:

  • Do you want legislators to authorize hunters to enter private land without landowner permission to retrieve their dogs?
  • Do you want legislators to authorize the DNR to create a tundra swan hunt?
  • Do you want to strip protection from hunting the rare albino deer (ghosts of the forest)?
  • Do you want to eliminate any hour restrictions on trapping – providing trappers will the ability to trap all night in our State parks, Stewardship lands, former wildlife refuges and all publicly purchased lands?

Provided below are the links to the entire questionnaire on the DNR web site, election locations, and additional resource information:

Posters. To get the word out regarding the Election, Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic has developed six posters in 8″ X 11″ format for you to print off and post in your community (see end of posting to download this information). You can print them in color or black and white. If you have a wide-format printer, request the 11″ X 17″ format version. A copy of one of the 8″ X 11″ posters can be stapled to the cover of the booklets (which have a bland cover so those who don’t hunt wouldn’t know what they are), making them ready for sharing and posting in your neighborhood!

Ideas of where to post them: Any bulletin board – including coffee shops, grocery stores, co-ops, pet stores, veterinary offices, non-profit offices, wildlife friendly stores, health food stores, women’s groups, libraries, book stores, humane societies, wildlife rehabbers, and animal rescues. Additionally they can be sent by email to groups that you find in the community pages of your local newspapers; biking, hiking, outdoor activity and silent sports organizations; and environmental groups including birders, etc. Another idea is contacting anti-mining groups since they are putting a resolution into the Congress Election and vote this year.

Election. We are looking for 2 candidates to stand in every county. This is your chance to win a grassroots political position that embodies the vision of Aldo Leopold… the protection of our public lands, waterways, forests, air, water, and land quality, and the stewardship of wildlife! Change the course of the past 80 years…where 90% of the citizens have intentionally not been made aware of this Election so the outcomes could be controlled by hunting/ trapping special interest groups! Represent your county and provide valued input that is truly representative of the people’s interests and wishes.

Contact Patricia Randolph at Madravenspeak@gmail.com to answer questions and let her know if you’d be willing to stand up for wildlife and the majority of residents in your county. Reverse the trend over the past decade, where the elected delegates consisted of the most avid hunters and trappers and hounders…who not only want to exert control over our public lands, but our private land as well!

Additional information regarding the establishment of the most important Election in Wisconsin is provided as a PDF document, which can be downloaded from the link provided below. Details regarding what you can expect when attending the Election and Vote, as well as a tutorial outlining the delegate selection and should you chose the delegate’s role and responsibilities are also provided.

Poster templates in PDF format can be downloaded here: http://www.scribd.com/collections/4472681/2014-Wisconsin-DNR-Spring-Meet

For poster templates that can be downloaded in PDF, MS Word or txt format go to: http://www.scribd.com/collections/4473225/2014-Wisconsin-DNR-Spring-Meeting (note poster revision instructions are only available in PDF format)

A tutorial providing details regarding what to expect at the meeting can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/214706026/2014-DNR-Election-and-Vote-Tutorial

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

80th Annual DNR PUBLIC STATEWIDE ELECTION

VOTE to Elect Citizens’ Only Representation Deciding WISCONSIN’S NATURE & WILDLIFE POLICY

CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO ELECT Humane Candidates & Vote on 58 Hunter / Trapper Generated Killing Proposals

Monday, April 14, 2014 in all 72 Wisconsin Counties

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. with the ELECTION slated for 7:00 p.m. Lines are anticipated at certain locations, so please plan to arrive early, ELECTION INSIDE THE ROOM, then vote!

Madravenspeak Column # 86 Albino deer-1

One of 58 questions awaiting you: Would you favor legalizing trophy hunting our rare white and albino deer statewide? (Perhaps as few as 60? 70?…..so RARE despite being protected since the 1940’s)

This is OUR ELECTION!!!

Provide your input regarding DNR policy and initiatives by: Electing 2 of 5 delegates in your county who share your vision; and then Completing a Questionnaire.

Help replace Wisconsin’s current “take all” fishing, hunting and trapping practices with those that promote the preservation of natural ecosystems and the humane treatment of Wisconsin’s wildlife for our enjoyment and generations to come.

Contact Madravenspeak@gmail.com to learn about running as a Candidate!

Join us at Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic – VOTE OUR WILDLIFE to stop the fast increasing war on wildlife in Wisconsin: http://www.wiwildlifeethic.org

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Speak Out Against Hunter Federal Land Grab

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             Speak Out Against Hunter Federal Land Grab in S.1996                 and Ten Sister Bills

“The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.”  Edward Abbey

Pending federal Senate Bill 1996, the “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Bill” (http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1996/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S.1996+Bipartisan+sportsmen%27s+%22%5D%7D ) and its 10 deadly companion bills (http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1996/related-bills?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S.1996+Bipartisan+sportsmen%27s+%22%5D%7D ) go beyond eviscerating the 1964 Wilderness Act, to take over most federal lands for violence. http://www.peopleforwesternheritage.com/WildernessActSum.pdf

The House version of the bill, H.R. 3590, passed the U.S. House of Representatives with all 227 Republicans and 41 Democrats ( 268 total), voting for,  including Ron Kind, Wisconsin Democrat, co-sponsoring the bill. Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan were among 154 Democrats voting against.

An 8-year process culminated in Lyndon Johnson signing the Wilderness Act into law on September 3, 1964. A rare visionary bill, it passed the house and senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. Lyrically written, the first sentence gives the abstract:

 “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

The definition: “an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions and which (1) generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable; (2) has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation…use in an unimpaired condition; and (3) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

Enter the shoot ‘em up crowd. Self-serving, it is not enough they control state lands, and have gutted former wildlife refuge systems, as wildlife ecosystems crash across this country. This entitled 5% also want the pristine intact life system remnants, set aside for quiet reflection for the 95% of us who do not kill anybody.They are used to dominating and they want.They want.

The hunters and trappers and hounders tried this power grab two years ago. http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/patricia-randolph-speak-up-now-to-preserve-wilderness/article_5bafacce-a6b8-11e1-95b0-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz2vorgL4HZ

 It also passed the house and then died in the senate. But this is an election year and even progressive Democrats are getting heavy pressure from top leadership to pass this to please the NRA.

Bill S.1996 and its ten companion bills expand to all federal lands, with few exceptions, (over 630 million acres) what was done to our Wisconsin state lands:

  • Where the standard is now closed land, this bill makes them all open (to killing and disruption) unless federal wildlife agencies find a “reason” (never good enough) to close them. 

The bill: “Land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service (including a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System), land designated as a wilderness study area or administratively classified as wilderness eligible or suitable, and primitive or semi-primitive areas…shall be open to recreational fishing, hunting and recreational shooting unless the managing Federal public land agency acts to close the land to the activity.”              

  • Facilitate the construction and expansion of public target ranges, archery, rifle, pistol, or shotgun shooting.  (It protects the government from any liability for injuries to citizens from the shooting ranges.)
  • Includes killing “waterfowl, coots, and cranes over manipulated food plots, including mowing, shredding, discing, rolling, chopping, trampling, flattening, burning, or carrying out herbicide treatment.” 
  • Polar bear “trophies” from Canada could now be imported into the US, encouraging hunting this imperiled species.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency would be barred from regulating lead in ammunition and fishing sinkers. Lead is a neurotoxin we’ve eliminated from gasoline, paint, and toys. But 6,000,000 pounds per year of lead shot and bullets are fired into the wild and 8,000,000 pounds from fishing tackle are lost in ponds and streams. Eagles, condors, owls, and hawks ingest spent lead fragments when feeding on animals that were shot.
  • If hunting is prohibited, volunteer sharpshooters can be used.
  • Every year the agencies must explain why any lands are closed to hunting.

Federal funds are to be dispersed by a 28-member panel, appointed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to facilitate access to these formerly pristine wilderness areas. Twenty-five million dollars in taxpayer funds, allotted annually (2014-2019) “subject to the condition that the amounts are used for the purposes that further the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants, and other natural resources in accordance with this Act.” “Conservation” as used here is a euphemism for “killing.”

So much for “untrammeled by man”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xBeYyc-lR0

Contact Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) @ (202) 224-5653 and Senator Ron Johnson (R) @ (202) 224-5323. This bill (don’t forget the 10 deadly sister bills) will hit the senate floor any day and only intense public pressure can stop it. The vote is imminent. Take nothing for granted. 

“If true wilderness is ever to survive, the Wilderness Act of 1964 needs to be held inviolate. It cannot be adjusted, modified, tweaked, politicized, and adulterated for every whim of a special interest group or congressional rep who wants his legacy enhanced.” ~ William L. Rice


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Citizens have the opportunity to stand for wolves, coyotes, and bears and for the dogs used against them, March 28-29, 2014 at the Bear Hunters’ Annual meeting at the Patriot Center in Rothschild, WI. Sponsored by the Wolf Front, details at www.wiwildlifeethic.org

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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