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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Federal lawsuit challenges Wisconsin hunter/hounder entitlement law

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“Venturing into uncharted territory, we need dramatically new leadership and government laws” ~ “Wild Law” by Cormac Cullinan

On July 17, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in federal court aiming to strike down a recently amended Wisconsin statute that “bans photographing, videotaping, approaching or even maintaining a visual or physical proximity to a hunter.” The law carries a penalty of up to $10,000 and nine months in jail. The law currently states that citizens cannot take more than two photos of a hunter on our public lands.

(If you see a hunter while hiking, lower your eyes and back respectfully away, murmuring, “I hope you kill a BIG one.” Do not look at him or her.)

Hunters, of course, can take endless pictures of each other grinning over our wildlife that they killed.

Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill into law, paying homage to bear-killing donors while attending the Wisconsin Bear Hunter Association Convention in April 2016.

The lawsuit argues that the law unconstitutionally restricts free speech and violates the First Amendment. I spoke to Matthew Liebman, director of litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, who said, “In order to have an informed discussion about hunting, citizens need to be able to document it.”

Joe Brown is one of three plaintiffs in the lawsuit. He moved to Wisconsin from Texas in 2013 and took a job teaching at Marquette University. A documentary filmmaker, Brown has been filming the activities of Rod Coronado’s Wolf Patrol since 2014 as they have monitored the abuses of running packs of dogs on bears and wolves. The patrol documents illegal activity like baited hooks hung so that if a wolf would leap to get the meat, it would hang on the hooks to die an agonizing death.

The DNR used to want citizens to report abuses on its “tip line.” Now it is illegal to look at or document abuses.

Brown says that Rod Coronado’s work to end the atrocities being promoted by the DNR inspired him when he had given up. Joe writes, “I suspect that the weight of what Aldo Leopold called an ‘ecological education’ became too much for me. I simply saw too much destruction, and didn’t want to ‘live alone in a world of wounds.’”

I talked to Joe as he was awaiting a tow truck for his broken-down car. He referred me to his website, where one can see a nine-minute preview of his Wolf Patrol film, to debut in 2018.

In the wildlife issues on his site, Brown refers to the horrific attacks on wolves by federal and state agencies, reminiscent of their 1850–1950 persecution and the ignorance toward wolves and all natural predators.

Joe writes:

• “Wisconsin’s lax regulation of hound hunting produces an environment in which hounds frequently ‘run the woods’…. Hunters who lose dogs to wolves have been seen making threats to wolves on hound hunting social media sites. Common claims include, “if the feds won’t let the state control wolves, we will,” “S.S.S.,” or “Shoot, Shovel & Shut-Up,” and “S.O.S.,” or “Shoot on Site.” (NO WOLVES vanity plates on one truck)”

• “Wisconsin currently allows hunters to train their hounds in the forests from July 1st to April 14th of the following year.”

• “Wisconsin also currently pays hunters up to $2,500 for each dog killed by a wolf. Wisconsin is the only state to reimburse hunters for dogs lost to wolves.”

“lupusposse” commented on a Wisconsin Public Radio article about the Wolf Patrol monitoring of the bear hunt last fall:

“The Wolf Patrol and any other groups that might be keeping an eye on the human overexploitation of North America’s native wildlife serve a vital purpose by bringing the imbalance and that excess and unethical targeting of Ursus Americanus with its disrupting effects on wolves and other natural balances, to the public eye.”

On Joe Brown’s link “Why Rod’s story,” he writes, “I can also speak out against the unsporting, inhumane, and frequently barbaric hunting practices carried out on our public lands. There are real issues with wildlife policy in the U.S.” He writes, “I see a man (Coronado) that challenges mainstream America’s apathy and malaise.”

I asked Joe if Wisconsin citizens seem intimidated by armed men and women out to kill bears and wildlife using packs of dogs. Would citizens be afraid to report trespassing and killed livestock or pets? He said that the mindset of Wisconsin hunters is intimidation. “They throw their weight around.”

I asked him for a statement and he emailed me this: “I’ve lived all over the United States — New England, the South, the Mountain West, and the Southwest. I’m not going to say that Wisconsin is completely unique, but it does seem to be pretty ‘old school’ when it comes to hunting. Many other states have banned hunting practices that are still somehow celebrated in Wisconsin. Attitudes in northern Wisconsin seem a good 30 years behind the times, and this is pretty shocking given Wisconsin’s rich environmental history and the legacy of folks like Aldo Leopold and John Muir.”

On Rod Coronado’s Wolf Patrol website: “If you agree that it’s time to end bear baiting and hound training in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, please send an email now to forest officials at: cnnfadmin@fs.fed.us

State Sen. “Toxic Tom” Tiffany is not only working to kill wolves but to poison citizens by promoting a new sulfide mining venture. Please stop him on both issues by calling 608-266-2509.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on July 30, 2017

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: The lady and the panther: Life-changing communication with animals

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“I believe that humanity is suffering from a great separation sickness, a real disconnect from nature.” ~ Anna Breytenbach

What would it be like to be able to communicate with other animals on this planet? With two-thirds of all nonhuman animal life already destroyed by us, we are in need of redemption to save them and ourselves.

In order to speak to us, animals usually have to overcome a lot of trauma. Imagine being a Wisconsin woodland creature, having watched your young fawns or best friend shot in front of you. Imagine watching your mother bear run by packs of dogs and shot out of a tree, never to return to help you survive your first winter. Imagine walking along the creek in winter to find a young beaver in a trap, struggling to breathe and stay above the waterline, or a fox dying in a steel jaw trap.

Trust is the basis of all relationships. When one has been hurt, it takes a lot to forgive and trust again. But animals are faced with that hurt and challenge all the time.

An ex-policeman, Jurg Olsen, and his wife, Karen, set up the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa in 2005, rescuing big cats often sold off to canned hunts by petting zoos.

Jurg writes, “Africa’s lions have virtually no more space left due to human invasion into their territories.

“Adding to this the huge amount of poaching that is taking place internationally and the black market trade in predator species body parts and you have a no-win situation for any big cat anywhere in the world.

“Researchers have estimated that lions will be extinct in the wild in Africa in the next 20 years, all tiger subspecies will be extinct within 15 years, several leopard species have only a few hundred left in the wild and jaguar numbers have dwindled from approximately 10,000 to less than 5,000 in the wild in a very short space of time. In the U.S. pumas are seen as problem animals and killed on sight and cheetahs are considered vermin by Namibian farmers.”

The Olsens rescued a black leopard named Diablo from a European zoo where he had been abused. For six months the leopard did not leave his night shelter and snarled at everyone. Jurg survived one encounter with the cat and one bite put him in hospital for a week.

Anna Breytenbach lives in South Africa and has devoted her life to interspecies communication. She believes that by understanding animals more deeply, we can begin to heal ourselves. She sends pictures and thoughts to animals and receives detailed information from them in return.

Jurg was extremely skeptical that an animal communicator could make any difference for this dangerous and hostile big cat. He said, “I honestly cannot believe that an animal can talk to a human.”

In this beautiful true story, Breytenbach was called out of desperation.

They made sure she had no information about Diablo’s past.

The minute the leopard saw her, he calmed down.

Breytenbach looked at the leopard and listened intently and then told Jurg that the cat had been conditioned by an unfortunate past and did not want anything to do with humans.

“He is immensely powerful and not just physically … but immensely powerful with wisdom and energetic presence and personality far bigger than anyone has ever appreciated about him before — and he commands a certain amount of respect for that. Not in a needy way but by virtue of who he is as a being,” Breytenbach said.

The animal communicator said that he had a very particular concern about his name — he did not like the association with the darkness, the blackness, the diabolical — and he wanted the name changed.

She then said that when asking about his past, “He expressed concern about two young cubs that were next to him. He is asking what happened to them with a great sense of care and concern.”

Jurg and Karen were stunned because they had forgotten, in the excitement and turmoil of moving Diablo, that there had been two young leopard cubs housed next to him.

There was no way for Breytenbach to know that except by communicating with the cat, as even they had forgotten about it.

Breytenbach assured the cat that nothing was expected of him at the sanctuary, and said it gave him a huge sense of relief.

For the first time, that very afternoon, the leopard walked out of his night space to explore the outer large enclosure.

Jurg decided to rename the leopard “Spirit.”

He felt he had nothing to lose by telling the leopard verbally that the two young cubs were safe. And then he said, “Wow — you are so beautiful.” The cat answered him with a short grunt 19 times. For the first time Jurg felt at ease with him, and that the cat was relaxed. “I don’t know what it felt like for him, but for me it was the most amazing moment,” Jurg said.

Breytenbach came back later that day to check up on Spirit and asked him about the communication with Jurg. Spirit told her that it was the first time that someone had directly expressed verbal appreciation for who he really is, not how they see him to be … and it really surprised him.

She said he is so relieved that nothing is being demanded of him. When he was grunting back, he was saying, “Thank you.”

Jurg said, ”It changed my whole life.”

He took Breytenbach’s communication workshop and uses those skills with all of the animals in their care.

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The House Appropriations bill just emerged with a rider banning the Endangered Species Act from protecting wolves in the lower 48. The Senate will likely consider a similar measure. Contact your representatives and senators to oppose the measure. Tammy Baldwin, up for re-election, especially needs to hear from you. Please flood her offices with calls against delisting wolves.

Sign petitions to save Yellowstone grizzlies here.

More powerful, call your senators, representatives and the president and tell them to protect Yellowstone bears.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on July 16, 2017.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Declawing cats is amputation and mutilation — ban it

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“Laws can’t change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.” ~ Martin Luther King

After college, I moved from Madison, Wisconsin, where I was born, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Just before leaving, my boyfriend’s family cat disappeared and we visited the Madison animal shelter to see if she had been turned in. There I saw a beautiful young silver Persian male who was about to be euthanized. I promised to come back to get him. The next day, with my mother off on a trip, I took him to her house, where he promptly used her living room shag carpeting as a litter box.

At the time, it cost $4 to adopt a cat and the shelter had an arrangement with local vets for a health visit. One could return the cat if he was sick. So I took him to a vet who pronounced him “probably with a lifetime of pancreatic distress.” I took him along to New Orleans. He was aptly named Shadow because he followed me everywhere and needed to be close to me for the rest of his life. His “illness” was simply kennel distress that disappeared with love.

Shadow was the most beautiful and most precious cat of my entire life.

I had no valuable furniture or belongings, but in his second year, I had him neutered and declawed. Like most people, I thought declawing was just removing the nail like it would be if our nails were removed from the top of our fingers. (Of course, that in itself is a form of torture.)

Declawing is actually an amputation of the last digit of the toes on the paws. It mutilates the paws. The nail does not grow on top of the skin but out of bone that is amputated; it is like removing the last joint of one’s fingers with a cigar cutter.

Dr. Jennifer Conrad was working in Hollywood with large exotic animals a number of years ago. Often, big cats used in entertainment or otherwise subjected to human confinement have had their bones and claws amputated. She came across three mountain lions suffering severe mutilation of their feet, and one who walked on his elbows. One died of dehydration because he could not make it to water.

She found a shocking number of her cat patients had nails growing back in deformed splinters, causing pain and sending pus and infection into their bloodstreams. Conrad designed a delicate microsurgery to reconnect tendons so the cats could flex and function. She paid for the first eight restorative surgeries herself. She realized that thousands of big cats needed their paws repaired to give back some of their dignity and quality of life. She started an organization — The Paw Project — and donations started pouring in.

Then she thought of the 81 million domestic cats in the United States and the common practice of declawing. It is a very profitable veterinary procedure, requiring intensive medication to fight infection. It can cost $350 to $500 for a half-hour procedure that amputates 10 toes. Veterinarians often recommend declawing at the same time as neuter or spay — when the cats are 2 pounds and 10 weeks old. According to the Paw Project’s film, some vets profit as much as $75,000 a year just on declawing.

The results are devastating to the cat. Deprived of their main defense — their claws — they can become biters. Their feet are tender so they often avoid the litter box and use the area next to it. If their claws remain intact, they use them to play-fight, grasp, stretch, groom and knead. They need them to climb and for balance and defense.

Conrad realized that she could personally restore some function to only a small percentage of mutilated cats. She worked to try to ban the practice. The American Veterinary Association fought legislation that would ban the practice, presumably favoring veterinarians’ profits over the vets’ oath to prevent and relieve animal suffering. The association went to the California Legislature to promote a ban on banning the procedure statewide. They won that, but there was a loophole: It was several months before that legislation took effect. Conrad worked with her volunteers to move cities to institute bans before the deadline. Eight California cities banned declawing in 2013, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, before the ban on banning took effect. They joined 29 countries that have banned declawing, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Israel and New Zealand.

Shelter intake rates of cats decreased after the declawing ban went into effect in California. The rationale that declawing kept cats in their homes proved invalid.

There are a variety of cat trees, carpeted cubbies, and scratching posts that attract cats to help you save both your cat and your sofa. As one legislator said, “Take the claws out of the cat, you take the cat.”

You can watch the entire Paws Project movie here. Please forward it to your veterinarian and ask five people to watch the movie and save their cats.

Our own Ringling Brothers Circus, as it closes, is considering sending its big cats off to one of the biggest circuses in Germany to continue jumping through hoops for human entertainment. Please comment and sign this petition to send all Ringling circus animals to sanctuary and retirement.

The federal government is considering cutting the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which encompasses 1.5 million acres and was established by President Barack Obama. The formal public comment period ends July 10. Comments may be submitted here. You will see a “comment now” link in the upper right hand corner.

Sign the petition to stop Virginia’s war on bears here.

Originally published in the Madison CapTimes on June 18, 2017.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Dr. Neal Barnard explains ‘The Cheese Trap’ at Madison’s Vegan Fest Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The life of a veal calf, taken from its mother, put into isolation and knowing nothing of this world but this horror.

“(Break your cheese addiction) to lose weight, tackle cholesterol, skin problems, headaches, joint pains, or respiratory troubles … to take an important step for the animals and the earth.” ~ “The Cheese Trap,” Dr. Neal Barnard

If only animals could speak to us. 

Cows are gentle and timid. They have been bred to that character for easy abuse. Calves, like all babies, emerge into the world, dependent on the love and devotion of their mothers. This link is to a happy story of a mother cow who hid her baby after losing many babies to the trucks that pick up the males weekly.

Confused and vulnerable, helpless, the baby boy calves are an inevitable byproduct of milk and dairy production. They are taken from their mothers the day they are born, and put pbehind closed doors for 16 weeks, chained at the neck, in narrow stalls which allow them no room to turn, and then are slaughtered for pale white meat called veal. Veal is not from calves — it is calves.

Although the meat industry is horrific, the production of dairy products raises equal ethical concerns. Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, sent me a link to a video about the industrywide dairy treatment of calves that you can see here.

I live a mile and a half from the Brancel farms. Ben Brancel, born in Portage, served as secretary of agriculture, trade, and consumer protection under Gov. Tommy Thompson, 1997–2001, and was reappointed to that position by Gov. Scott Walker in 2011.

Every fall, I hear mother cows on the farm crying all night, night after night, when their babies are taken from them. When I stopped by to have my chainsaw sharpened by Mr. Brancel at his farm, I told him that. He smiled and said, “Yes — we have to close our windows to shut out the sound.”

The Brancel cows are crying over their female babies, taken to be slaves of the milk industry until they either get mastitis or are slaughtered for meat when their four or five years of service exhaust their bodies. The little white milk huts, seen on the landscape of dairy farms, house the female calves taken from mothers at birth. They are separated from mothers and other babies and fed by human workers from pails until old enough to join the slave trade.

The dairy industry has not successfully researched ways to produce only female calves for their exploitation — and dairy cows are not suitable for producing beef.

The babies of dairy cows, goats and sheep often meet another fate. Genie Metoyer has a beautiful organic vegetable farm in Waushara County. Across from her, there is a goat factory dairy farm. Those farmers dug a huge pit and buried dozens of baby boy goats killed because they are a byproduct of dairy. They have no marketable use.

That is animal suffering. Children all over the state are taught that even baby animals are expendable and their suffering does not matter. It crosses over to being taught, at their parent’s knee, hunting and trapping vulnerable young animals for recreation.

There are human suffering and human health costs as well.

Vegan Fest, Saturday, June 17, has expanded to the Alliant Energy Center, and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. He is adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center. “Dr. Barnard is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award, and has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health,” according to the website of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The Physicians Committee involves over 12,000 physicians and 150,000 members around the world and focuses on health and compassion.

Barnard will discuss his new book, “The Cheese Trap,” Most cheeses contain estrogen because cows are kept pregnant most of the year, every year. And most cheese is 70 percent fat or more — and most of it is saturated “bad fat.” “In his research studies, he finds people lose an average of 13 extra pounds, sometimes much more, in addition to improving their blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol after swapping greasy foods for nutrient-dense, plant-based fare,” the Physicians Committee reports.

As Madison’s “Cows on the Concourse” event promotes dairy as a healthy food, it is tragic that so much of the Wisconsin economy is based on a lie. Milk and dairy are sustenance to feed baby animals’ rapid growth. Plant-based diets are associated with positive metabolic health outcomes and a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer.

Learn more about a healthy diet on Saturday, June 17, at Mad City Vegan Fest at the Alliant Energy Center. Parking and the event are free and open to the public.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on June 4, 2017.

Action Alert: A bill that would open a hunting season on woodchucks (a.k.a. groundhogs) is moving quickly through Wisconsin’s Legislature (A.B. 323 / S.B. 249). Unnecessary and inhumane, this bill was rejected in 2013, largely thanks to vocal opposition from wildlife advocates. Now it’s back and we need to make noise again. Woodchucks are in the squirrel family and make homes for skunks, foxes and other mammals. Farmers and landowners can already kill them at whim. Please contact your legislators now and tell them NO on A.B. 323 / S.B. 249.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Bear hunters buy legislators to rule killing fields, loosen gun laws

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“Influence Peddler of the Month (May 2017): Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association” ~ Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

According to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the Bear Hunters Association buys legislator loyalty to their agenda.

“Since the Bear Hunters conduit began operating in 2000, it has funneled nearly $369,000 in large individual contributions of $100 or more to legislative and statewide candidates through 2016. Most of the contributions — about $265,400 or 72 percent — went to Republican candidates. … In addition to the group’s lobbying activities, the Bear Hunters also operates a conduit, which is a legal check bundling outfit that may funnel an unlimited amount of individual contributions to legislative and statewide candidates,” the organization reports.

Lobbyist Bob Welch, a former GOP state senator, represents the Bear Hunters Association, which has 3,000 members. He also lobbies for the Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs and Educators (FORCE), which is the National Rifle Association’s state chapter.

Welch and the bear hunters are promoting new GOP legislation for Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons without licenses or training. “The concealed carry bills — here and here — that the Bear Hunters strongly support eliminate the prohibition on carrying firearms into police stations, jails and prisons, and mental health facilities, unless those locations specifically post weapons prohibitions on their buildings and grounds,” The Democracy Campaign writes. “The measures also would allow people to carry tasers, and also eliminate the prohibition on carrying guns, bows and crossbows in wildlife refuges, and while operating all-terrain vehicles.”

The Bear Hunters oppose four current Democratic efforts for common-sense gun laws, including a 48-hour waiting period, background checks, and gun sales only through federally licensed gun dealers.

When the Wolf Patrol monitored the wolf hunt and found illegally placed barbed hooks in meat baits set high so that wolves would hang to death on them, the bear hunters complained of “harassment.” Rep. Adam Jarchow was quick to sponsor and get passed a bill carrying penalties of up to $10,000 and jail time up to nine months for citizens taking pictures of hunters doing illegal activities or monitoring bear hounding so that the public could see this cruelty.

Citizen reporting squelched. Only killers can take pictures of dead wildlife on public lands.

According to the Democracy Campaign, the Bear Hunter conduit funneled $63,565 to individual legislators, a sharp rise in buying access.

“About $56,400 of the conduit’s large individual contributions in 2016 went to Republican candidates and about $7,100 went to Democratic candidates. The top recipients of the group’s conduit contributions in 2016 were GOP Sen. Tom Tiffany, of Hazelhurst, $4,000; GOP Rep. Rob Stafsholt, of New Richmond, $3,000; the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, $2,775; and GOP Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, of Kaukauna, and Jarchow, $2,000 each.”

Bear hunters have been richly rewarded for their investments. They will kill another 5,000 innocent, peaceful, intelligent black bears, mostly cubs, this fall.

Tiffany and Jarchow held two carefully crafted pro-wolf-killing summits in 2016. I attended one of them. I only commented twice, when I raised my hand and was called upon. I pointed out that the federal Department of Agriculture documents that only 2/10ths of 1 percent of livestock die due to wolf predation before the slaughterhouse. Why not address the reason 90 percent of them die — respiratory diseases and poor care? Tiffany said, “That will be explained.” (It never was.) Later, I contributed that 60 percent of large mammals are threatened with extinction, including wolves, who are a vital to control of chronic wasting disease and Lyme disease. Tiffany then leaped to my table, yelling, “You are being disruptive as usual. Just leave!” I told him I am a Wisconsin citizen and had every right to attend.

A woman spoke long and tragically of sheep killed by wolves — sheep she raises to be shot in fenced enclosures by trophy hunters.

A police chief from a small town up north, surrounded by woods, labored through 42 “incidents” that were all wolves just showing up at the edge of the forest to look at the village. Only one involved a pet dog being killed. The police chief said he did not care what the law is. He vowed to shoot wolves on sight, and was applauded.

The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association .compraises the federal legislators working to remove wolves from protection: “We applaud Representative Duffy, Senator Johnson, and Senator Baldwin for the reintroduction of this important legislation. … Wolves in Wisconsin need to be managed, just like all of our other wildlife. The State of Wisconsin has an excellent track record of managing wolves.”

That “excellent track record” includes killing wolves in traps and gunning them down for thrills.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin has avoided numerous attempts to interview her about her support of removing our wolves from Endangered Species Act protection. The courts have been the only branch of government that has enforced the act. Signing on to this legislation that bans judicial review betrays Wisconsin citizens’ will to protect our wolves.

This is a requiem for Wisconsin. The shame is that killers care more about torturing and killing than the majority care about protecting our vulnerable wild creatures. Year after year they suffer and die needlessly.

Contact Sen. Tammy Baldwin (202-224-5653), Sen. Ron Johnson (202-225-5323) and Rep. Sean Duffy (202-225-3365) to oppose legislation delisting gray wolves.

Petition to protect the surviving 83 Mexican wolves. 14 were killed this year, more than any year since they were reintroduced in 1998.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on May 21, 2017. 

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2017 in Other Wildlife, Uncategorized

 

MadravenspeakAction Alert for Wolves

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Action Alert: Rep. Mark Pocan (WI) says that even 100 calls to a legislator cannot be ignored. Please network that it is urgent to flood these offices with calls, NOW, and tell them you want Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves to continue to be protected under the science of the Endangered Species Act:

• State Sen. Tom Tiffany (purchased by the bear hunters for $4000): 608-266-2509. Email: Sen.Tiffany@legis.wi.gov

• Ron Johnson: 202-224-5323 or via his website

• Tammy Baldwin: 202-224-5653 or via her website

• Rep. Sean Duffy: 202-225-3365

• Your own legislators at all levels

This alert is also at the bottom of the most recent (May 7, 2017) Madravenspeak column which can be found here. Please network it on social media and email lists. This is urgent. Please find out if your federal senator and house representative are holding listening sessions and ATTEND! This is our chance to educate them about the species extinction that threatens all of us – and to push for single payer! Tell them that the Vatican released a statement about this extinction saying it is even more threatening to our survival than climate change. Let me know how it goes!

It just came out that the Bear Hounders Association paid Senator Tiffany $4000, his sidekick in working to kill wolves, Rep. Jarchow, $2000, and donated $57,000 to legislators to get concealed carry expanded, run dogs on our wildlife without licensing or oversight, and run TWO wolf hating conferences to rally ignorance and hatred toward wolves. That means that each of the 3,000 bear hounders in their bear killing club (representing the 100,000 bear hunters who compete to kill 5,000 bears annually in WI) are each chipping in $20 or less to buy our government to destroy our natural world.

I am thinking that the other 90% of Wisconsin citizens could each pitch in $10 and we could buy it back. How? A gofundme or what? I am open to suggestions as organizing those who do not get to take our wildlife to death has not been successful. Please think about this. The only other thing I can think of is for the public to put pressure on the State government. More specifically, like in the climate lawsuit, argue the devastating effects that current Wisconsin law are having on our children, forcing a change in existing law to fund our state nature government on general public funds, no longer on killing licenses.

Please call your legislators and the legislators above listed with contact information for your easy access. Please do it now as Pocan says that there are 2,000 bills on the fast track (about 80 seek to weaken the Endangered Species Act and de-list our wolves).

We did a booth at Veg Expo Milwaukee on May 6, 2017, and I gave a talk on mass extinction and organizing around the annual election and vote put on by the DNR.

Vegan Fest Madison is June 7 and featuring Dr. Barnard from the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. Please stop on by!

Thank you.

Patricia

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Despite extinction crisis, hunters push to kill wolves and sandhill cranes

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“It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century.” – Center for Biological Diversity

As humanity hurtles toward catastrophe, our legislators turn a blind eye to reality and continue to pander to forces of destruction and death. Instead of caring for the fragile life of this earth, legislators like state Sen. Tom Tiffany and U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson continue to ignore the science of the Endangered Species Act, pushing to kill our endangered wolves.

And the hunters want to kill cranes. They apparently are bored with killing other wildlife. Maybe they want a wolf with a crane in his mouth to hang on their walls.

It is not that difficult to connect the dots between the status quo and certain trajectory toward an unlivable and desolate home planet. The skies are emptying, as are woods and oceans — not through any natural force, but only by the violence of man. Chris Hedges writes in his recent “Reign of Idiots”: “Europeans and Americans have spent five centuries conquering, plundering, exploiting and polluting the earth in the name of human progress. … They believed that this orgy of blood and gold would never end, and they still believe it.”

Tiffany held yet another wolf hate conference, in early April, that was completely skewed to myth, lies, and fearmongering. He should be reminded that Richard Thiel, retired DNR wolf biologist, said on Wisconsin Public Radio, “I have worked with wolves in Wisconsin for 30 years. I have pushed them off of deer carcasses and had them walk right up to me. I never felt the need to carry a firearm and I never did.” Tiffany has been informed that only 2/10ths of 1 percent of livestock deaths can be attributed to wolves, whereas 90 percent of pre-slaughterhouse death is due to horrific farm conditions.

Yet Tiffany, Baldwin, Johnson and many other Republicans are bloodthirsty in pursuit of wolf-hater votes.

The Center for Biological Diversity describes the acceleration of extinction: “Because the rate of change in our biosphere is increasing, and because every species’ extinction potentially leads to the extinction of others bound to that species in a complex ecological web, numbers of extinctions are likely to snowball in the coming decades as ecosystems unravel.”

Yesterday, May 6, the DNR held a Wisconsin hunter education convention “on the future of hunter education with statewide experts in the field of hunter recruitment, retention, and reintroducing people of all ages to the outdoors and hunting.” For years, the DNR has offered $5 licenses to entice new hunters and trappers, especially targeting women and children, to bolster its power base of hunters and trappers.

The DNR has recruited and trained another 10,000 trappers over the past five years, deregulated lead shot and weapons and massively extended and liberalized seasons, shooting ranges, and access to public lands. It is paying for private land access. It is permitting the use of dogs to chase our wildlife without mercy or licenses, anytime, anywhere, with little or no oversight. It is paying $2,500, from the Endangered Species Fund, for each dog killed by wolves or bears defending themselves and their young.

In 2015-16 the DNR’s self-reported survey documented 284,395 wild animals crushed in traps throughout the state. Prices were down in that time period, with prices ranging from 71 cents for possums to $75 for bobcat skins. The total monetary value comes out to $1,258,651 or $4.42 per wild animal killed. Trappers are the only citizens who can destroy unlimited wild animals for profit, indiscriminately, and self-report.

Nonhunters have zero say.

If the 4.4 million voting-eligible citizens each put in 29 cents, we could buy back our 284,395 innocent wildlife and save them from such suffering and needless death. We are not given the option. Only death has a price tag and license.

The DNR “furbearer” committee allows the killing and parceling out of our wildlife like trashed cars. Instead of the cost-efficient beaver deceiver (a simple PVC pipe run through the bottom of a beaver dam to let water flow through), over 15,000 beavers are drowned and killed by trappers so trout can be stocked, and the federal wildlife “service” also kills thousands more to protect timber and for wild rice production. All of these so-called problems have humane solutions, but they are not utilized by the DNR or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Center for Biological Diversity warns, “(C)onserving local populations is the only way to ensure genetic diversity critical for a species’ long-term survival.” That means wolves, bears, bobcats, beavers, coyotes, and all wild life.

As Chris Hedges writes in “Reign of Idiots”: “There is a familiar checklist for extinction. We are ticking off every item on it.”

Originally published in the Madison CapTimes on May 7, 2017.

 
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