When I first read this headline, I thought for a brief moment that common sense was even beginning to dawn even on someone as obstinate as Scott Walker. For a brief moment I thought maybe the state was beginning to realize that their reckless wolf slaughter plans would be the focal point of the upcoming lawsuit from the Humane Society of the United States. But no. It is all about money. Apparently the reason that Walker included this in his budget was because of the funding issues with providing 24 hour “enforcement” of the laws. Not that the law has ever mattered one bit to those who poach and torture wolves, but the DNR must give the illusion that they will “enforce” the law. Of course this only serves the purpose of announcing to the killers of coyotes and raccoons at night that there will be zero enforcement so they can be even more brazen with how they treat those animals.
Of course Walker knows that he faces a very tough reelection next year so this is being played off as something other than a money issue. From the article:
A law Republicans passed last spring establishing the wolf hunt allows people to hunt wolves at night after the November gun deer season ends. Walker’s budget would repeal that section of the law.
The governor’s spokesman says night hunting isn’t necessary. He says hunters killed only one wolf at night during last fall’s hunt and still easily met the statewide kill quota.
Of course dogs aren’t needed for the wolf slaughter either but Walker conveniently ignores that because they could never offend the sadist bear hounders and prevent them from partaking in their “privilege” of legalized animal fighting. And speaking of hounders their very own shill, The Hobbit Of Abbotsford, Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) had to chime in:
The law’s chief author, Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, an Abbotsford Republican, says he disagrees. He says hunters are allowed to go after other animals such as coyotes and raccoons at night. He says he plans to speak with Walker’s office about retaining the provision.
This guy is so anti-wildlife that he will never support any restriction that benefits animals in any way. We can only hope the judge hearing the lawsuit pays attention to the extreme nature of Wisconsin’s
management eradication plan and puts the wolf back on the list where they belong.
While I welcome the move to stop the night killing of wolves that is a relatively minor issue when compared to the use of dogs, and baited traps. I just wish that Walker was doing this out of common decency rather than out of fiscal issues. Of course the Hobbit of Abbotsford will do everything that he can to prevent this from being stopped because he apparently has never met a form of animal cruelty against wildlife that he didn’t support. The time is now to contact your legislators and demand that they support this restriction no matter what the motives are. It is also time that Suder gets a taste of his own medicine and feels more of the public backlash that he instigated with his anti-wildlife bills.