The Most Anti-Wildlife Group In Wisconsin

25 Jul

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is obsessing about killing this bird.

With all of the attention paid to the kill everything groups like the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation during the wolf kill bill “hearings” and what followed, one of their allied groups slipped under the radar. Today, I looked more into this group: the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. I was shocked at what I found in their “policies” concerning wildlife. Not satisfied receiving vast amounts of government subsidies, having federal wildlife assassins at their beck and call, this group wants an all out war on wildlife, and more money. Here is just a sample:

Due to over population, we urge that daily bag limits be increased and more permits be issued to reduce deer, bear, goose and turkey populations. 

Kill, kill, kill.

We support the right to hunt, fish, trap, and to take game subject to reasonable rules and regulations. We support allowing crossbow hunting during the muzzleloader season. We support over the counter sales for turkey and bear licenses. Operating farmers should be issued a free deer, bear and turkey license and that the license be an open season license upon request to be used on the landowner’s property.

Kill, kill, kill for free.

We support the right to protect domestic livestock or pets from predators regardless of the predators’ endangered status.

Kill, kill, kill.

We support eliminating coyote protection from the Department of Natural Resources’ deer hunting regulations.

Kill, kill, kill.

We support the carrying of a gun with the shells in the magazine (not the chamber) while entering and exiting the woods before and after posted hunting hours.

We support a season on Sandhill cranes and seagulls.

Kill, kill, kill.

We urge that the state eliminate the closed season on raccoon until the population is under control.

Kill, kill, kill.

We support expanding the spring turkey hunting season to give hunters a full six weeks to fill their permits.

Kill, kill, kill.

In certain areas of the state, excessive wildlife population is causing a severe loss of crops and income for farm families. We recommend the following action be taken in these areas.

Farmers and aquaculturists should be able to harvest animals causing crop and livestock damage. 

Kill, kill, kill. Oh excuse me, “harvest.”

We support extension of Wildlife Damage Program coverage to protected non-game species. Further, we support the removal of seagulls and Sandhill Cranes from the protected list

Kill, kill, kill.

Property that receives crop damage payments should be open to the public for hunting of that particular species, with hunter access controlled by the landowner. Further, we support Wildlife Damage Program participant farmers receiving a payment of $50 to $100 per deer registered with animal damage tags. Farmers should be able to collect 100 percent of assessed crop damage on rented land where the landowner will not allow hunting to fulfill abatement program shooting requirements. Farmers should be compensated for their time and labor needed to participate in the program. Producers should be reimbursed for crops that are damaged by government personnel to gain access to trapped bear and other wildlife. We support lowering the deductible and increasing the claims limit for farmers participating in the Department of Natural Resources’ crop damage program.

Gimme, gimme, gimme.

So they are basically saying that they should be paid to kill deer, paid because landowners don’t allow killing on nearby land, paid for any “damage” by government wildlife assassins that are there to kill wildlife for them and on the taxpayer dime.

And more about cranes:

Shooting and Nuisance Permits – We support continuing the shooting permit program to allow the additional harvest of deer and bear on farms suffering chronic damage. Further we support expanding the shooting permit program to include Sandhill Cranes. Nuisance permits should be issued for bear when crop or livestock damage exceeds $500.

And more handouts :

We support the elimination of the $10,000 cap for producers as part of the Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims program.

We support a requirement that the Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct an agricultural impact statement before any species of wildlife is introduced into a new area and distribute the results to local landowners. If the species is introduced, the Department of Natural Resources should be required to pay for any crop and livestock damage resulting from such action.

Gimme, gimme, gimme.

We support a financial penalty to any person found introducing a non-typical games species into the wild. Further, support the eradication of non-typical game species outside the confines of a licensed game farm.

Hypocrisy, anyone? What about all of the non-native cattle that they introduce to our ecosystem?

We oppose the introduction of elk to the central forest area. However, if introduced, we support allowing animals causing damage to be harvested.

We opposes this, but we will jump at the chance to “harvest” any that we can.

We support reducing the deer herd to at least Department of Natural Resources’ goals. The Department of Natural Resources should not have an “over winter” goal of more than deer per square mile in any deer management area. Further, we support increasing the yearly goose harvest in proportion to flock growth to reduce the over winter population.

We support requiring Department of Natural Resources to accurately reflect wildlife populations and the damage being done in Wisconsin. We support appropriate actions to reduce populations.

Again, kill, kill, kill.

Then we have wolves. Guess what they want to do:

We support keeping the wolf population at or below 350 in Wisconsin. We support requiring Department of Natural Resources to include farmer participation in wolf management planning. 

We support full reimbursement to farmers for all direct and indirect damage caused to their farms by wolves. This includes reimbursement for missing livestock where there is evidence of wolves or a history of wolf/livestock conflicts on that farm.

We support hunting and/or trapping seasons for wolves in areas where wolf/livestock conflicts exist, once the wolf is delisted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from the Endangered Species list. We support eliminating all predator animal re-introduction funding to the DNR.

So now we know what is behind all of those “missing” calf payouts this past year.

This is just a sample of the handouts and extreme policies that this group demands. They basically want to kill every wild species and get paid to do it. Then they want to get paid for crop damage from those who are there on the farmers behalf to kill animals. What? Is it any wonder why agriculture is often referred to as “welfare ranching” or “welfare farming?” Is it any surprise that Wisconsin is one of the top receivers of farm subsidies in the nation? If you or any farmer that you know cares about wildlife, it is essential to cut ties with this group. Also, think twice before you purchase any Wisconsin farm products.

Here is the full PDF of their “policies:”


11 responses to “The Most Anti-Wildlife Group In Wisconsin

  1. Bobette Traul

    July 25, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Farm Bureau does not cater to the small family farm anymore. And they are slowly disappearing. No they are into the CAFO’s which are businesses[sp?] not farms. That is welfare farming. My first father-in-law hated the Farm Bureau and was a member of the NFO which at that time was a radical anti-goverment group that wanted more control of the prices paid for crops and livestock. Our County Farm Bureau President drives me crazy. He’s all Walker and a loudmouth. Most livestock is now confined. What- wolves can climb fences?

  2. Animal Connection

    July 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Reblogged this on Animal Connection.

  3. Sandra McGee

    July 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Aren’t these also the people who want LESS government???? What a racket. These people make me want to puke …. really. What a bunch of whiners. Really, I guess one could laugh @ this whole thing – but there is the wold life that is going to suffer for there insanity. I feel so helpless. Really, I was on my way home last night from work (I work a second shift) & I was thinking about the up-coming wolf hunts this Oct. in all of the states – WY. MN. MT. ID. & WI. it really is very, very depressing to me. Very sad. 😦

    • rali74

      July 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

      These anti-wildlife groups are getting more and more extreme and the politicians are falling right behind them. I blame the spineless democrats for much of this. They try so hard to pander to the kill everything crowd that they ignore what little principles they have.

    • rali74

      July 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      It’s funny how all of the states you mentioned a full of “small government conservatives” yet they all receive the majority of federal subsidies and handouts. What a bunch of hypocrites. And of course politicians pander to their every whim. I thought these big tough “conservatives” always preach personal responsibility and rail against “socialism?” If their subsidies isn’t socialism I don’t know what is.

  4. Florence Eaise

    July 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    This was an amazing posting thanks i truly enjoyed reading it! I agree with every word you said

    • rali74

      July 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. We are truly at a crisis point in Wisconsin. Just when I think that I have found the worst of the worst something more extreme comes along.

  5. Maureen

    July 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    What a bunch of freakin’ lunatics. Posted to FB.

    • rali74

      July 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Maureen. We need to share this stuff far and wide so that everyone knows the real agenda of these extremist anti-wildlife groups.

  6. Diane

    July 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    The Farm Bureau Federation also formed Rural Insurance in 1934 which now has grown to offer personal insurance, business insurance inc. workmans compensation, & agribusiness insurance. We are dealing with a company who is alot more than just a farm organization. When Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS tried to take them on re: livestock issues he was totally shot down. I think the WI Farm Bureau Federation has money, power & alot of influence in this state.

  7. Exposing the Big Game

    July 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.


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