Reblog: DNR Admits Banning Critics From Wolf Policy Committee
Friday, June 27, 2014
http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2014/06/dnr-admits-banning-critics-from-wolf.html posted by James Rowen’s blog, The Political Environment
DNR Admits Banning Critics From Wolf Policy Committee
This is serious: Cathy Stepp, Walker’s DNR Secretary and hand-picked, “chamber-of commerce” anti-conservation tool, has unapologetically confirmed to news media that the agency kicked wolf advocates off a broadly-based citizen advisory committee; the reconstituted group now stacked with wolf-hunt proponents will play a key role in the development of a long-term wolf management killing plan now under development.
No wonder that dispirited career DNR employees with science backgrounds are leaving the agency, and those remaining are being kept in line with your classic bureaucratic iron fist in the velvet glove: patronizing top-down/follow-your-orders directives dressed up in team-building mumbo-jumbo and cheer-leading slogans.
Turning state policy-making over to special-interest, pro-hunter-and-gun-lobby politicking that literally will spill blood.
And further narrow and damage an outdoors experience for Wisconsinites who prefer taking a camera or their children into the woods for a peaceful hike without a rifle, leg traps or GPS-driven baying hunting hounds.
In a state where hunters have recently been given the right to shoot and trap in state parks.
Where cruelty to wildlife, and in some cases to hunting dogs, is sanctioned by various permissible ‘training’ practices.
And where big business interests will be permitted to remove unsustainable quantities of groundwater, pollute the air and water near big dairies with airborne and piped manure, fill wetlands with debris at a proposed and gargantuan open-pit iron mine site up North, and fill the air near dozens of new sand mines near the Mississippi River with dust.
Stepp is admitting to an intentional and politicized manipulation and giveaway of wildlife and land rights that are under state trust management for all the people of Wisconsin.
She is capitulating to powerful hunting and gun lobbies often aligned with conservative politicians – – about which the public got a peek a few months ago when Walker, DNR Secretary Stepp and their partisan cronies were all caught trying to funnel public money and program management to a so-called sportsman’s group that had helped Walker win his recall election.
Posted by James Rowen 3:08 PM