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Madravenspeak: WHO WILL GO EXTINCT FIRST – WILDLIFE OR THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER?

Extremely Endangered Red Wolf

“Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation? And what creature of all that the Lord has taken the pains to make is not essential to the completeness of the unit – the cosmos?” – John Muir, “A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf”

Weep for Wisconsin. It has a Department of Natural Resources stuck in the Stone Age. The DNR exists as an aggressive commercial killing business with deer and natural predators as the main commodities.

The DNR, stuck in farming-for-killing mode, is massively recruiting more killers, with old white guys teaching children animal cruelty. It is well-documented that children who learn to abuse animals are more likely to engage in domestic violence, war, or serial killing. It is unsurprising that Wisconsin spawned serial killers Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer, who rendered people like hunters chop up wildlife. Recently a video surfaced showing a Wisconsin teen, having shot a pregnant doe, riding on top of her as she was crying in terror and pain struggling to get away, dying. The teen posted, “Found out that the deer I shot yesterday was really two of them, LOL.”

Hunters came out for damage control, denouncing this as “not hunting.” What distinguished this incident is that it was filmed. State-approved trapping, bludgeoning wildlife unable to defend themselves, blasting deer’s legs off, leaving wild animals to bleed out, torturing wolves and bears with packs of dogs, chasing animals to exhaustion to shoot them out of trees, killing for skins and profit, for recreation and gory pictures ― all of this is state-promoted animal cruelty. It is adult manipulation of children who have a right to peaceful relationship with other beings.

Wolves and wildlife pose negligible threat to us, yet the state continues promoting killing wolves and cougars and coyotes and any wildlife hunters want. This is no longer a matter of survival. It is primarily recreation.

Killing, like any fevered acquisition, has become consumer delirium. Bigger, different, exotic, more, and never enough. Natural predators are unwelcome competition: Anything the wolf eats, the hunter does not get to kill.

We have known for nearly a century the delicate balance of interdependency in natural wild systems, and the vital importance of natural predators. Ken Burns’ documentary on the national parks highlighted the distinguished career of Adolph Murie, who served the national parks service from 1934 to 1966. IN 1937 Murie wrote “Ecology of the Coyote in Yellowstone,” which argued against the policies of predator eradication. Murie’s studies were groundbreaking and not welcome 80 years ago. Although his studies have stood the test of time, coyote eradication is still being implemented today in Wisconsin, where wolves are despised and bears are killed by the thousands annually.

The parks service assigned Murie to study the relationship of wolves with Dall sheep in the area of Mount McKinley, now renamed Denali. According to the Burns documentary, Murie walked 1,600 miles in the park and collected thousands of samples of wolf scat to analyze what wolves eat. He found a wolf den and watched it for 195 hours, once continuously for 33 hours, whatever the weather. He adopted a wolf pup and named him Wag. Murie knew wolves better than anyone.

His studies in 1939-1941 culminated in his classic book, “The Wolves of Mount McKinley,” which laid out the land as a set of relationships, all connected. He revealed that wolves, like coyotes, eat a lot of mice, and that wolves strengthen sheep, deer, and elk herds by culling the weak and the diseased. Murie stood against the campaign of poisoning and shooting coyotes, wolves and bears even then. He was instrumental in saving wolves in their last refuge in Alaska, where hunters and the state wanted them completely eradicated.

Whereas natural predators are a positive force in the balance of nature and keeping diseases curtailed, hunters are causing evolutionary damage with trophy hunting. By choosing the biggest and best rams, they obviously remove those rams from the gene pool. “Ironically, hunting based on minimum size criteria — such as horn size — selects against the trait most desired by hunters: the size of the trophy,” said David Coltman, professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta. He and his colleagues analyzed data covering 39 years in which Dall sheep were intensively trophy-hunted for 23 of those years.

A recent article by Jennifer Pascoe further quotes Coltman: “It’s not just the size of your horns, but also how old you are. For a ram to become highly successful and socially dominant, he’s not just large-horned. He’s also experienced.” However, writes Pascoe, rams are often shot prior to reaching that age of experience. “What we see is a decline in horn size over time,” said Coltman. The average size of a set of horns at Ram Mountain has declined more than 20 percent over 43 years. Part of the problem is many more licences are issued to trophy hunters than there are available legal rams.

Coltman concludes, “We have to be more evolutionarily enlightened about how we manage and conserve animal populations.”

Is it possible we are not the center of life? Or wise enough to manage it? Let’s actively honor all that Muir called “sermons in stone, storms, trees, flowers, and animals brimful with humanity.”

This is a call for reform and revolution ― before it is too late.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The death culture and our annual DNR nature election


COURTESY OF YAHOO IMAGES

Black bear and tiger friends raised together

“We can’t imagine living without Wi-Fi, but we can imagine living without salmon, polar bears, lions, tigers and bears.”                    Derrick Jensen, Earth at Risk

Derrick Jensen asks the Earth at Risk crowd: “How many think this culture hates women? Hates nature? Has a death wish? Is insane?” The majority raise their hands.

People care more about the Chicago Bears than real bears. The little bear in this video, found clinging to her dead mother, is as adorable as any football player, but are hundreds of thousands celebrating her? Au contraire — every year over 100,000 people pay into a Wisconsin DNR lottery for the “sport” of killing 5,000 bears just like her.

The April 11 statewide election of delegates to the Conservation Congress, the sole advisory group to the Wisconsin Legislature on governing our endangered natural commons, is a pathetic sham. After 82 years, these Department of Natural Resources elections and hearings remain dominated by hunters, trappers and hounders. Hunters continue to spin the ridiculous tale that killing is conservation. Killing is supposedly a life-saving endeavor.

Even in “progressive” Dane County, the progressives evidently do not recognize that nature and wildlife are important.

The DNR reports that a total of 4,363 people statewide attended the meetings held April 11 in their counties this year. Yet the number of voters at the beginning of the evening totaled 3,831 and declined to 2,758 by the end. Wisconsin has a population of over 5.8 million. Pretending that this election is representative of the citizens of this state is a tragic farce. It is not even representative of the 10 percent of the population who are hunters.

Although Dane County had enough attendees with a humane perspective to vote out lead shot with their advisory vote and to vote against trappers destroying the tiny otter population, trappers dominated statewide and voted to keep using lead shot, and to give all 16,000 trappers two otter kill tags each (32,000 tags on 8,000-10,000 otters). It is a no-brainer that the otter population will be destroyed. The otter is a flagship species guarding river health. There may be one pair per 17 miles of Wisconsin rivers — but the DNR is ever-pandering to more opportunity to recruit more trappers.

One first-time attendee blurted out: “Why would you kill otters?” When the DNR said “for their skins,” she cried, “I am appalled.”

Few, if any, scientists or biologists from UW attend. Political leaders rarely show. Church officials supporting the sanctity of wildlife as well as human life aren’t an obvious presence, either.

The environmental groups like the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and Nature Conservancy do not come to these meetings to stand against hunting and trapping our wildlife, and some are actually heavily influenced by their hunter members. In fact, the Nature Conservancy allows hunting on 98 percent of its land in Wisconsin.

This is an election that would be cartoonish in its absurd lack of democracy if it were not so deadly.

I have attended every election since I learned about it in 1997. I know important decisions are made affecting my private land and our public lands. The future of millions of innocent lives is at stake.

Why aren’t we exercising our citizen rights at this critical time? This death culture is ultimately suicidal for our own species, and deservedly so.

Jennifer Laack, a first-time Dane county attendee and outdoor enthusiast, ran for the two-year position to represent Dane County as a camper and hiker. One of her opponents stood and gave his pitch for the position: “I am a lifetime hunter. Enough said.”

Laack lost.

Laack wrote her impressions to Kari-Lee Zimmermann, DNR/Conservation Congress liaison: “I think it is clear that this Conservation Congress is really a hunting/fishing/trapping forum. I agree fully with sentiments/comments made of others in attendance that even the choices available on the voting ballets aren’t really choices. An entire segment of Wisconsinites with differing beliefs are left with their viewpoints being marginalized by not really having a say or a choice that reflects their viewpoints or beliefs. I’m certain that I am not the only citizen of Wisconsin to feel this way about the Conservation Congress and that in 2016 when there are significant conservation and ethics issues at play that the current Conservation Congress established 82 years ago may be outdated or mostly applicable to special interests-hunters, anglers and trappers.”

Laack asks how to set up a congress for the 90 percent of us who do not kill wildlife. It could address biodiversity destruction, trapping’s connection to Lyme disease, water quality and mining, packs of dogs ripping apart wildlife, climate change, renewable energy. It could bring fair general public funding to the DNR to replace the bias toward killing created by funding the agency largely with permits, and could push for fair non-hunter representation on committees and the Natural Resources Board. It could access independent scientists as advisers.

Derrick Jensen closes his Earth at Risk speech with: “What do you love? Whatever you love is under assault. The biggest distinction is between those who do something for the greater good and those who do nothing.”

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Results of the WCC 2016 Spring Meeting

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Please acess the results of the WCC 2016 disaster at:
http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html
In summary, I found the citizen resolutions to be more interesting than the usual hunter/trapper power grabs in the questionnaire. The two that I proposed both failed to pass (the first was to give legal rights to nature, a measure passed in 200 communities in Pennsylvania to fight fracking, mining, pipelines and cruelty to wildlife; the second was to democratize funding). Please read through the resolutions found on the link referenced above and consider what you would like to change at next year’s election and vote.
The results of this pathetic low turn-out of mostly trappers and hounders continued the lack of democracy and transparency in the state of Wisconsin. Only 4,363 citizens attended this “public election and vote” put on and carefully NOT advertised by the DNR and so-called hunter “Conservation” Congress. This may be an all time low attendance.  The results were heavily dominated by hunters, trappers and hounders who voted in favor of more killing and more destruction of the environment that included:
  • to allow for the continued use of lead shot that is already known to kill countless eagles, loons, egrets, cranes, and fish (and their natural preditors).
  • to give each trapper two licenses to kill otters. With 6,000 new trappers recruited and trained by the DNR and counting – added to the existing 10,000 trappers will absolutely devastate the otter population in Wisconsin. Based on a trapper estimated existing otter population of 8,000-10,000 (with a 22% average kill rate), it is likely that two-thirds of the otters in the state will be killed during the upcoming season.
  • to continue to place extreme killing pressure on beavers supposedly because they “warm trout streams”. There are thousands of miles of designated “Class A Trout Streams” in Wisconsin. Beaver dams are destroyed along 8,000 miles of river systems under the ridiculous premise that beaver harm trout.  Rather it is widely known that beavers CREATE habitat for half of the rare and endangered species on earth. IF and I mean IF water is warmed by backing up water behind a beaver dam, the simple and long-term economical solution is to run a large pipe through the dam at the bottom to let the water flow through. Same if there is flooding. Instead the DNR, ever biased to give trappers “more opportunity” DYNAMITE beaver dams, destroying mothers and pups – and allow indiscriminate conibear and steel-jaw trapping of beavers who take about 30 minutes to drown painfully.
  • to cut the 7-month long beaver trapping season by two to four weeks. As noted above, beavers should not be trapped at all as they are engineers who protect and sift water systems – and provide habitat for so many endangered animals.
  • to extend the season to kill turkeys, Hungarian Partridge, stocked pheasants and fishers.
  • to have the Natural Resources Board (NRB) pick the secretary of the DNR instead of the governor. Nice idea until you realize the NRB is mandated to hunter/trapper activist control with 4 of the 7 having licenses the previous 10 years (the others being a farmer wanting to eliminate wildlife for domestic kill and property developers).
  • to NOT inconvenience bear hunter/hounders with buying a preference point to get a kill license every year – but buy 6 years at a time.Rand double learn-to-hunt opportunities.
  • to increase awareness of the election and vote (primarily targeted to hunters and their buddies). This action could be a BRIGHT SPOT if  the non-hunting / non-trapping public are finally made aware of the detrimental threats posed to Wisconsin’s wildlife by a small percentage of our State’s population.
  • to avoid the possibility of non-hunters in funding their agenda. The reason for this is clear. While the pro-hunting / pro-trapping voted in support of a wildlife stamp for the non-consumptive user to contribute funds – such action eliminates any plan that ties non-hunting financial support to proportionate representation on the Natural Resources Board, DNR staffing, or say in our own forum of voting and electing.

After 19 years of activism trying to open up this election and interest the general public in this election and vote – I admit to dismal failure. Things are worse than they were when I was elected in 1999-2002 and served on the trapping committee.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Poster Templates for the WDNR’s Annual Spring Meeting , April 11, 2016

As promised in last Sunday’s column, poster templates have been developed by Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic for this year’s Annual Election and Vote! They can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

WI Wildlife Ethic_2016 Poster 1_Bears

WI Wildlife Ethic_2016 Poster 2_Stocked Pheasants Hungarian Partridge Wild Turkeys and Fisher

WI Wildlife Ethic__2016 Poster 3_Fracking

WI Wildlife Ethic_2016 Poster4_Lead Shot

WI Wildlife Ethic _2016 Poster 5_Otters

Each downloaded template (8-1/2 X 11 format) can be printed in black and white or in color. Before doing so, the user should edit the template(s) so they reflect the county location where they will be posted and distributed. This year’s questionnaire and the locations for each county can be found on the DNR web site: http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/Documents/spring_hearing/2016/2016SpringQuestionnaire.pdf 

Based on our past experience, coffee shops, libraries, pet stores, humane societies, college and high school campuses have been good locations for posting. Others include, but are not limited to, food stores (e.g., Whole Foods, food co-ops, etc.), bookstores, and locations where humane people might gather (bike and canoe shops, hiking, biking and bird-watching venues). 

Any grassroots work you can do to make others aware of the meeting and encourage their attendance is greatly appreciated. If you / they are willing to run in this year’s election or know of someone who will – please let me know. I’d love to share my experiences and answer any questions.

Thank you and I hope to see you there!

Patricia

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Anti-hunting voices urgently needed at statewide DNR election Monday, April 11

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“There is no system now in place that can change the disastrous course earth is on.” ~ Alice Walker’s poem “Democratic Womanism” 

Alice Walker, poet, writes: “The male leaders of earth appear to have abandoned their senses. …They murder humans and other animals, forests and rivers and mountains every day they are in office and never seem to notice it.”

The main forum in Wisconsin for orchestrating that devastation is coming up in the annual DNR/Conservation Congress election and vote Monday night, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. The event takes place in every county. The election determines who is in power in the Conservation Congress, and the election is the first order of business that evening. The Conservation Congress is supposed to represent the citizens’ interests to the Legislature.

The process needs radical reform to include transparency and wide citizen involvement.  It is time for the citizens to purge killers from conservation. View this statement from the Nature’s Revenge Association (NRA), those not wishing to be the “deer-ly departed.” Killing is not conservation. Killing is not a “game.”

It is time the DNR welcomes the general public to this statewide “public” election — the 90 percent of us who do not buy hunting and trapping licenses. The election and vote have for decades have been publicized almost exclusively to the hunting interests, which have used their dominance of the election to turn themselves into the sole advisory body to the Legislature, DNR and Natural Resources Board. The DNR has never opened the door to encourage the rest of us to participate. It is time for women to stand up and run for election across this state. Our wildlife and Mother Earth need nurturing and healing, not more violence and pain.

Every year the DNR co-sponsors this election of two of five delegates in every county — one three-year and one two-year delegate — in cahoots with the hunting lobby. The delegates are supposed to represent all citizens in deciding statewide issues of importance governing our publicly purchased lands and stewardship of our wildlife and commons. Of 360 delegates, all but five are still trappers, hounders, and avid killers of wildlife, and have controlled this entire system for over 80 years. This is an unsustainable trajectory of macho firepower.

There is no “anti-hunting” party to nominate candidates. But you can take a friend and nominate each other. These are grass-roots positions that can be used as a stepping stone to other leadership positions. This is a great opportunity to learn how decisions are made and to develop advocacy skills. Last year, Genie Metoyer, a woman organic farmer, ran in Waushara County and won by standing up for butterflies. Now her husband Russ Brown is running for Assembly.

At the April 11 meetings, citizens of any age can vote on issues (a great civics lesson for children), and any citizen 18 and older can elect or stand for election in their county with proof of residence. The locations in every county and the hunter proposals for this year can be found on the DNR website.

Some of the proposals to be addressed April 11 are:

• 7-8: Long-term overtrapping of beavers has left them in severe decline. The only solution offered is shortening the seven-month trapping season by two to four weeks on non-trout streams. Beavers create habitat for half of the rare and endangered species on earth while purifying and filtering toxic farm run-off.

• 11: Expand the pheasant, Hungarian partridge, turkey and fisher trapping seasons by yet another week to match the deer archery season that ends in January.

• 13: Designate the hunter-controlled Natural Resources Board to appoint the secretary of the DNR to lock in hunter/trapper control of all levers of power governing our commons.

• 16: More black bears are killed in Wisconsin (5,000 bears annually, two-thirds of them cubs) than anywhere in the country. A proposal would allow hunters to pay for six years of bear kill lottery for their convenience.

• 19: Expand the archery deer-killing season in southern counties from four months to five, ending Jan. 31.

• 20: Repeal the 2013 mining law, which was written to suit the interests of a big out-of-state mining firm.

• 21: Impose a moratorium on new frac-sand mining permits.

• 22-23: Ban lead in sporting ammunition and fishing tackle on public lands. Hunter lead shot litters our public lands, killing over a million songbirds in Wisconsin annually. Songbirds have declined by 50 percent worldwide. With such low non-hunter attendance at our elections, hunters have repeatedly voted to continue using lead shot.

• 25: Otters bring big money to trappers. Since they are rare in the state there has been a lottery and few permits issued. “Many trappers believe that populations are higher than estimated,” the proposal reads. (Who would trust that estimate? The DNR, of course.) A proposal would give every one of the 16,000 trappers in the state license to kill two otters each. This would “create more opportunity.” This would likely destroy otters in Wisconsin in a year or two. The DNR did not stop selling sharp-tailed grouse kill licenses until hunters could only find nine birds and killed them. Bobwhite quail have been killed out across the entire country, according to Outdoor Life hunting magazine. The DNR is still selling licenses to kill quail.

Other hunter proposals: create a senior hunting patronage discount for killing a wide variety of species, create killing gift certificates, increase youth learn-to-hunt activities, expand turkey hunting. Nothing supporting controls on global warming, advocating renewable energy, or saving vulnerable species.

On average, 5,000 avid hunters, trappers and hounders attend annually, and elect themselves back into power. Millions of citizens have the right to promote candidates or run for election, which would democratize this vital grass-roots election.

Alice Walker asks, “Women of the world, is this devastation us?” She says that the world will be glad to give power over to women to nurture earth back to health “when the planet is scared enough.”

Attend this one night every year. You will find it fascinating.

Posters to advertise the DNR nature election and vote are available for download and adaptation to your county locations on the Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic website. 

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

82nd ANNUAL DNR ELECTION AND VOTE!!

For once the NRB listened to the citizens. There is a first time for everything.

ATTEND YOUR 82nd ANNUAL DNR ELECTION & VOTE, held in all Wisconsin Counties on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.  One night a year you can make a difference by electing responsible representation for governing our fragile reality. See the above post (column) for a link to the questionnaire, and some key questions regarding the hunter-proposed tweaking of their killing power expansion.

One issue that concerns me greatly (they all do – but this one is a wipe-out) centers on the future of the otter in Wisconsin. Otters bring big bucks to trappers. With this said, they are so rare in Wisconsin that even the DNR has limited otter kill to a lottery with few licenses issued. BUT IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY – and who cares if otters are wiped out to bedeck the necks of Russian and Chinese upwardly mobile billions of people? The point is to give the trappers “more opportunity”. (And us less.)

Trappers with DNR $5 new trapping license incentives have recruited and trained 6,000 new trappers, to add to the 10,000 professional manglers and bludgeoners, crushers and drowners out there. So you can vote on whether to just give EVERY trapper 2 otter kills (16,000 trappers x 2 each = 32,000 otters dead?). This is utter nonsense since there may be a thousand otters left in the state. For perspective, a New Jersey resident just sent me an accounting that NJ trappers killed 50 otters in the entire state last year. But the trappers have to keep up with the bear “hunters” who kill 5,000 bears annually – more than anywhere on earth (Note: 2/3 are spring cubs and cubs less than 1 year – 8 months old. Such fun.)

Unless the public wakes up soon, the hunters will have to start shooting rare Monarch butterflies and bees.

Please read my forthcoming column and bring friends to your county election April 11. Run for election by nominating yourself and a friend for the grassroots sole advisory on our public so-called “commons” to have a say and create committees on global warming, CAFO’s, mining and fracking and renewable energy. An up-welling among the non-hunting fraction is needed to broaden Wisconsin’s focus on a variety of environmental-related issues rather than continuing the status quo at the DNR’s annual meeting – a focus on killing and expanding hunter/trapper/hounder power.

Can you attend four meetings a year to have a say? The election is the first order of business promptly at 7:00 p.m. Monday night, April 11.

I can answer any questions. We had Adam Kassulke, wolf advocate, elected in Milwaukee county last year and now he is running for assembly. We had organic farmer fighting CAFOs, Genie Metoyer, elected in Waushara County last year. Now her husband is running for assembly. I just had an inquiry from a woman asking how she could run in Lafayette county – another organic farmer.

We need a variety of interests represented and some humane folks who care about living wildlife running in every county – two per county. THROW YOUR HATS IN THE RING.

Ask me – I can tell you all about it.  It is a paltry time commitment for the power to help – and INTERESTING.

If you want to make resolutions for change, that is at the link to the locations and questionnaire given in the column -“HOW TO MAKE A RESOLUTION” and the more counties you submit it to, the better chance to get change.  Each citizen is allowed to present two resolutions.

We should have millions of people attending to have a say in governing our billions of dollars of public land investment, rivers, streams, and lakes, wildlife and climate.

Contact me if you have questions. I will be posting POSTERS to advertise the election on the www.wiwildlifeethic.org web site in the next few days. You can replace the Dane county location with your county and location from the DNR spring hearings link. If you need help with that, contact me. You can print them off in color or black and white and post them at coffee shops, health food stores, college and high school campuses, community centers, book stores, libraries, humane shelters, and pet supply stores.

One more column about all this on April 10

Thanks in advance for all your help and support!

Patricia Randolph

State Journalist, Capital Times newspaper

Capital Times web site: http://host.madison.com/search/ct/?l=25&sd=desc&s=start_time&f=html&t=article%2Cvideo%2Cyoutube%2Ccollection&app=editorial&k=%23ct&q=Madravenspeak&nsa=eedition

Go to www.wiwildlifeethic.org to join us or download posters for the election for your community

My phone number is: 608-981-2287

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Remove hunters from conservation departments like USFWS

https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/remove-hunters-from-conservation-departments-like-usfws/ (reblog)

Remove hunters from conservation departments like USFWS. More transparency in wildlife conservation through DOJ

Request the Department of Justice and Office of Inspector General to implement changes that bring transparency in wildlife conservation. Conservation organizations like USFWS are being used to further the interests of hunting groups.

This could be considered fraudulent use of taxpayer funds. Taxpayers assume that USFWS is protecting wildlife, not sustaining hunting.

Transparency measures are urgently required to purge hunters from conservation organizations funded by taxpayers.

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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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