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“I am not a hunter, but I do know when I see abuse of power…and (DNR) agency malpractice.” ~ Attorney Robert Habush (Habush, Habush & Rottier)
Massive abuse of power and DNR wildlife malpractice has been the norm for an agency funded by killing licenses instead of general public funds. Follow the money. Either this agency should be relegated to the trash bin of history, beyond redemption, or completely restructured.
Wolves. Wilderness. Wisdom of natural systems. Wolves as apex predators are the great balancers. It is the power of the wolf that is rising, exposing relentless long term cruelty to all wildlife. Beseiged on all sides, brother wolf howls his warning that man is wantonly destroying all that is real and valuable and sustaining. Pay attention. As the wolf goes, so goes man.
The DNR has rarely, if ever, been held accountable to citizens who do not kill wildlife and their interests. With reckless megalomania, the agency has ramped up trapping and hounding of our wildlife over the past decade. This has been masterminded by the insidious political opportunism of George Meyers and his deadly Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.
The lawsuit brought by a coalition of humane societies is a first foray to address a vicious part of that destruction.. It contends that when the DNR delisted the wolf from protected status, it left an endangered species vulnerable to animal cruelty, without reasonable regulations to prevent wolf/dog direct contact. I found only two videos on youtube of dogs set on wolves – one in Mongolia ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06NZvRpDFVQ ) and one in Algeria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il-4UJWDnpY ).
The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction “on this year’s carnage” until wolf killer wannabes are told they cannot train or use dogs on wolves. Research shows that wolves attacked by dogs are more likely to consider all dogs threat and prey.
Carl Sinderbrand of Axley Brynelson, argued for the plaintiffs that DNR wolf expert, Adrian Wydevan was deliberately kept from testifying to the legislature and Natural Resources Board. Sans science, the DNR and Natural Resources Board failure to set rules was “arbitrary and capricious…quick and dirty.”
As Laina commented:
“… dogs not leashed, wolves running away, dogs following, hunters can’t keep up… Is there a new breed of dog that is trained to point at wolves and wait for hunters to advance?”
The complaint further states, “Hunters expecting to use dogs to hunt wolves have approached humane societies to obtain dogs to use as bait for hunting wolves, resulting in humane societies becoming inadvertent accomplices in activities that subvert their mission, core values, and ability to fundraise.”
Cynthia Hirsch, from the attorney general’s office, argues that the DNR is used to abusing all sorts of species with dogs (not her exact words) and therefore this is just a continuance of policy. Bad law is used to excuse more bad law. Dogs engage and attack whatever wild animals they encounter, not just the those the DNR has authorized to be chased: bears, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, raccoons, possums, turkeys and waterfowl. The 5-week bear slaughter over dogs begins September 5 – October 10. Thousands of cubs will be killed.
The use of dogs should be ended altogether, under Wisconsin Statute 951.08(1): “No person may intentionally instigate, promote or abet…restrain or allow any place to be used for a cockfight, dog fight, bullfight, or another fight between the same or different kinds of animals or between an animal and a person.” Other parts of the statute disallow people to train or own animals for fighting, or be a spectator of such events.
The DNR and Cynthia Hirsch want the lawsuit dismissed on the following grounds:
· The humane societies and citizen plaintiffs do not have standing because they do not hunt or run dogs. (The only citizens who have standing are the perpetrators of the abuse.)
· The DNR is helpless because the legislature overrode their authority. (Representative Suder was either lying when he said that he worked with the DNR to craft the legislation, or the DNR’s “helplessness” is contrived).
The DNR and Natural Resources Board were charged with setting the number of wolves that could be killed, and rules for that kill. As Barb Eisenberg, biologist, testified, “Zero is a number. It is the proper number.” The Natural Resources Board nixed hunting at night with dogs, demonstrating their power to set limitations on the use of dogs – yet they left “training dogs on wolves” with no rules. Vacating their responsibility leaves dogs running everywhere, unlimited, unlicensed, year-round, night and day, statewide, on all wildlife.
Attorney Habush remarked to the judge, “Why the heck is the DNR and attorney general, dedicated to prohibit animal cruelty, putting dogs, wolves, and all other wildlife at such risks? Why did they ignore these risks?”
The DNR, like many of our political entities, is the exact opposite of its mandate. DNR wildlife management, as a whole, is a violation of Wisconsin animal cruelty laws.
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