Apparently trying to suppress the vote in Wisconsin hasn’t taken up all of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollens’s time. On Wednesday Van Hollen and the state filed a motion to dismiss the recently filed lawsuit against Wisconsin’s barbaric use of dogs. From the article:
“The motion, filed by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Assistant Attorney General Cynthia Hirsch, asserts the lawsuit should be dismissed because “there is no support in the law for the plaintiffs’ claims.”
The lawsuit was filed by several Wisconsin-based humane societies and individuals against the DNR. It claims the department has failed to establish rules to protect dogs in the wolf hunting season scheduled to begin Oct. 15. The state Legislature established most of the rules for the wolf hunting and trapping season, including the use of dogs. Wisconsin is the only state to authorize the use of dogs for wolf hunting.”
Gee, maybe the “support in the law” should be the fact that no other state allows the legalized dog fighting that Wisconsin wants to allow. Do these people have any sense of common decency? If this lawsuit fails hounders in this state will be able to run their dogs 24 hours a day against wolves all under the guise of “training.” On private property hounders will be able to do this for the entire year with no restrictions. On public land they will be able to do this for up to 10 months again under the guise of “training.” Of course if a wolf happens to threaten one of their “precious” dogs while “training” them, the hounder is allowed to kill the wolf while on private property with ZERO repercussions. Then if the hounder claims he was “stalking” coyotes the DNR will cut him a nice fat $2500 check if his “precious” dog is killed.
If anyone needs a reminder of what constitutes “training” for these sadists here is an example:
How can we as a society continue to allow this garbage? The sadists who promote this barbarity even have the nerve to label it as a “tradition.” While the rest of the nation scorns thugs like Michael Vick for what they did to domestic dogs states like Wisconsin actively promote hounding as “recreation” and “tradition.” Long before wolves were thrown into the fray, Wisconsin found it to be perfectly acceptable to run packs of vicious dogs against bears, coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, bobcats, and turkeys. TURKEYS!?!?!?!?!?! A small minority within a minority have taken total control of this state and how wildlife is “managed.” The bear hounders conducted a silent coup right under the noses of the rest of the hunting community in the state.
Regardless of the success or failure of this lawsuit, we need to work on getting a ballot initiative started to ban hounding in Wisconsin. Of course the extremist hunters will say that we are trying to ban ALL hunting. While that would be nice in a perfect world, all of us know that will never happen. We need to focus on ending this “tradition” of legalized animal fighting. I have been surrounded by hunters my entire life and not once have I ever heard a positive word about hounders. I even read a comment where someone called hounders the “meth-heads of the hunting community.” I think that is a fitting description.
While the hounders and other anti-wolf zealots like Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC), celebrate their “victory” the rest of the country is taking notice. The spotlight is now on Wisconsin and their brutal “tradition” of hounding and legalized animal fighting. Keep gloating and belittling us living wildlife advocates, Suder. The rest of the hunting community is finally catching on to your power grabs. On issues like these the pendulum can shift rather quickly. Are George Meyer and Scott Suder prepared for the backlash?