In recent weeks wildlife advocates have finally began to stand up to those who wish to see the gray wolf exterminated once again from our landscape with government backing. The modern government sanctioned War on Wolves officially began in April of 2011 with the disgusting “Tester Rider” that set the stage for the full scale, no-quota, slaughter of wolves in Idaho and Montana. Neither state wasted any time implementing massive no holds barred killing seasons that culminated with the slaughter of over 500 wolves. This year Idaho has implemented year round wolf killing, again with no quotas, and Montana has jumped onto the no quota, shoot and trap bandwagon. The future of the gray wolf in these states is very bleak to say the least.
Not to be outdone the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Wyoming just had to jump right into the wolf killing spree with insane proposals of their own. Minnesota went back on their plan not to allow wolf killing for five years following delisting and have initiated a full-scale legislative backed killing season for this fall. Of course Wisconsin had to out do all of them by having Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) introduce legislation the very day wolves were removed from the endangered species list that included every form of killing short of artillery. Then we have the recent removal of the gray wolf from federal protection in the wolf hating state of Wyoming. The Secretary of the Interior, “Cowboy Ken” Salazar, and the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, conspired with Wyoming officials to let them have their own wolf killing fest where wolves can be killed by any way possible, at any time, in most of the state. This all happened in the past year and a half under the watch of a supposedly “progressive” president.
The Tester Rider had specific wording that prevented the law from being challenged in court. This was a slap in the face of our democracy and the opening shots in this new War on Wolves. After being shellshocked for the past year plus, wildlife advocates are finally fighting back. This started when a group of concerned Humane Societies and citizens filed suit to stop the legalized dog fighting that Rep. Scott Suder (ALEC) and his bear hounder puppet masters rammed through the Wisconsin Legislature in the form of Act 169. This brutal and sadistic bill was also voted for by many so called Democrats who also consider themselves to be “progressive.”
The next step in fighting back came following the delisting of wolves in Wyoming when wildlife groups made the government aware that they will be challenging the state’s “shoot on sight” law. Of course Wyoming plans to kill as many wolves as possible before the lawsuit is even heard.
Finally news broke today that the Center For Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves announced that they too filed a lawsuit to stop Minnesota’s “kill them because we can” wolf hunting season. The lawsuit contends that the public was essentially shut out of the decision making process. Sound familiar? The same thing happened here in Wisconsin.
Here in Wisconsin you now have another chance to make you voice heard loud and clear. On September 24th, 25th, and 26th the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will be holding hearings to develop “emergency” rules regarding the use of dogs against wolves in response to the lawsuit. Because as we know it is such an “emergency” that hounders be allowed to have their legalized dog fights this fall. Public comments are again being accepted for the hearing. Of course at the last hearing where the wolf kill provisions were rubber stamped the vast majority of public comments spoke out against the wolf slaughter and were unanimously ignored. That is because the Natural Resources Board has become just another arm of kill everything agricultural and extreme hunting groups like Safari Club International. In fact one of the NRB members, Gregory Kazmierski, runs an “outfitter” business and is a leader in Safari Club International. And this guy gets to make decisions about issues that can help his business financially? Conflict of interest anyone? Gee, I wonder how he will vote?
Back to the point, please submit your comments about the insane legalized animal fighting that the DNR and the bear hounders continue to fight for here:
Speak your opinion as a CITIZEN and DEMAND that they listen to your voice. Here are the comments that have been submitted thus far:
It is very encouraging to see wildlife advocates finally coming together and fighting back against the extremists who seek the second eradication of the gray wolf. Let’s keep that momentum up. This is just the beginning. It is time to take our public lands back from the kill everything crowd and demand that living wildlife advocates be represented in the same manner as the kill everything types.