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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Does the murder of millions of wild animals matter in gun debate?

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“Hunting is murder. The problem comes from a culture, including religion, that exalts people above accountability for the harm that they cause others. “~ Jeff Biss, comment on the Wisconsin Bear Sanctuary GoFundMe page

17 people were murdered in Parkland.

Referencing the murder of millions of indigenous wildlife annually does not diminish that violence, but calls us to a parallel issue that must be addressed if young people are to inherit a living world. With two-thirds of wildlife destroyed on the planet in just 50 years, and 60 percent of large mammals threatened with extinction right now, we as a society must end the war on wildlife that is at the core of overall violence in this culture.

We are late to act and there is no guarantee that our species will survive the arrogance we have exhibited by dismissing the suffering and extinction of other species.

The correlation between cruelty to animals and domestic violence has been established for decades. Teaching young children that killing wildlife is a cultural norm and promoted by adults is numbing them to the sacredness of all life.

The teens of Parkland are well aware that money and power have a similar numbing effect on adults in the legislatures of this country. Gun fanaticism and brute patriarchal violence have dominated our government policies for decades.

The students who are speaking out are well educated, articulate and motivated for change. My hope is that their push for laws that ensure their own safety will impact the violence rotting within, and exported outside, our country. It is urgent that efforts go beyond human concerns to a wider understanding: If we do not protect wildlife as well as people, we will not accomplish the end of violence.

The Outdoor Channel’s “Under Wild Skies,” which also runs on NRA TV, started and continues as a showcase for wildlife killing.

Gun violence is primarily not a caused by mental illness or violent videos. According to the book “Gun Violence and Mental Illness” published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2016, mass shootings by seriously mental ill people represent 1 percent of gun homicides annually. Pretending to solve the gun problem while sidestepping guns will not work.

An AR-15 bullet “does not have to actually hit an artery to damage it and cause catastrophic bleeding. Exit wounds can be the size of an orange,” said Dr. Heather Sher, a radiologist who examined student victims of the Marjory Stoneman shootings.

Connecticut legislated some of the tougher gun laws in the country after the Sandy Hook massacre and, according to Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., cut state violence by 40 percent. A 2013 New Republic article quotes Murphy: “The NRA is just all mythology…The NRA does not win elections anymore….The reason for the gap between perception and reality is that, for many years, the NRA has had no real opposition.”

Parkland survivors, joined by gun violence survivors all over the country, are determined opposition. Soon they will vote. One student said we should rename the AR-15 “the Marco Rubio” because it is so easy to buy. Emma Gonzalez, survivor of the Valentine’s Day Parkland shooting, called out NRA purchased politicians with “We call BS.” She has more Twitter followers than the NRA. The repeated call is to vote out NRA shills.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, wrote the 2014 Politico article “How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment.” It is fascinating reading for anyone who wants less gun violence. It describes how the NRA manipulated the message to distort the Second Amendment’s intent.

In Slate.com’s 2014 “America’s Gun Fantasy” (excerpt from Kurt Anderson’s book “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History”), Anderson quotes Chief Justice Warren Burger, a conservative appointed by President Richard Nixon, saying he complained after he retired that “…the Second Amendment ‘has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud — I repeat the word fraud — on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.’”

The students who survived the Parkland massacre and parents from the Newtown massacre are making reasonable demands:

• Ban semi-automatic guns and bump stocks.

• Severely limit the size of ammunition magazines.

• Universal background checks without loopholes.

• Reinstate funding for gun violence research.

• Legislators:Stop taking money from the NRA and weapons manufacturers.

• Demand that businesses and banks divest from alliances with the NRA

This is not a time for incrementalism. It is a time for major reformation toward peaceful policies and against guns and violence on all levels of society, including our dwindling wildlife that is under constant assault.

Do not fool yourselves. We are in the fight of our lives for peace and survival in the midst of a death culture. We face crises of accelerating climate change, species extinction, and the threat of nuclear war. We cannot live on a dead, hot planet. Our wanton joy-ride of killing and exploiting earth ends or we are toast.

This is our opportunity to hold legislators accountable or vote them out.

Actions:

Donald Trump has flip-flopped on banning trophy lion and elephant imports as elephants continue to be poached 96 per day, and lion populations plummet. You can sign this petition against encouraging trophy hunting and poaching African wildlife here.

Help push Congress to ban assault weapons by signing this petition.

Petition for gun control here.

March for Our Lives in solidarity with the Parkland Students Washington March, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m., Wisconsin State Capitol, corner of State Street and Mifflin.

This column was originally published in the Madison Cap Times on March 11, 2018.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Unloading the DNR-NRA

“The first thing to remember about gun violence is that it is A BUSINESS.” ~ Harvey Wasserman, social justice activist

Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was trained to shoot in a school marksmanship program funded with a 2016 $10,000 donation by the NRA. According to a ThinkProgress article by Judd Legum, in 2015 the NRA Foundation gave $2.2 million in similar grants promoting gun usage to school children around the country, including elementary and middle schools.

Every time there is a mass shooting, the NRA profits as membership goes up and as gun addicts buy more semi-automatics and guns they fear may be banned, thereby bolstering gun industry profits. Killing children is profitable to the weapons industry.

Killing wildlife profits both the weapons industry and state departments of natural resources. Gun and ammunition taxes are collected federally and dispersed to state resources agencies on the basis of how many hunting licenses are sold. That money is then cycled back to recruitment and training of more hunters and trappers to destroy more wildlife and bolster the military-industrial complex with military recruits. They all work together.

Senate Bill S.1613 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) presented as “Pittman-Robertson Modernization,” prioritizes significant funding to recruitment and training of more hunters: “Amounts apportioned to the states from any taxes on pistols, revolvers, bows, and arrows may be used for hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment.”

State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, has the same NRA agenda: promoting killing of our wildlife to children of any age. It is all about indoctrinating children from cradle to grave for “shooting sports” and protecting the NRA, the Second Amendment (as interpreted by the NRA) and teaching young activists to support gun “rights.”

Innocent wildlife, children, and society pay the price.

Harvey Wasserman, on OpEdNews.com, wrote “It’s Time to Deal with Trumputin’s Second Amendment Idiocy.” He explained:

“Here’s what the Second Amendment actually says: ‘A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’”

Wasserman continues: “No other of the first Ten Amendments has an explanatory introduction. The right to keep and bear arms is assumed as a basic right, but ONLY in light of service to the security of a free state, and under the auspices of a well-regulated militia.

“In other words: NOBODY HAS A LEGAL RIGHT TO OWN A GUN IN THIS COUNTRY UNLESS THEY CAN SHOW THAT THEIR OWNERSHIP OF SUCH A WEAPON SERVES THE SECURITY OF OUR FREE STATE, and SUCH OWNERSHIP MUST BE INTEGRATED INTO A WELL-REGULATED OFFICIAL ORGANIZATION.”

The corruption runs deep in the pockets of legislators, especially Republicans. Key among them is Paul Ryan, who received $346,497 from gun rights groups.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence reports that the second-highest ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Ronald Turk, collaborated with an NRA lobbyist calling for weaker gun laws and reduced ATF oversight of gun dealers to promote guns everywhere, with complicity of the Trump administration.

According to the NRATV Hunting website: “The NRA Hunting initiative is designed to defend hunting and confront the vile animal rights movement head-on.” NRATV’s “Under Wild Skies,” picturing an endangered large bull elephant, hosts six seasons of 67 episodes which “for two decades … has showcased the finest big-game hunting in the world from Alaska to Zimbabwe.” The president of Safari Club International, a worldwide trophy hunting organization, was just nominated to run for the board of the NRA.

Sixty percent of large mammals are threatened with extinction right now, with little pushback to save them. Carnivores are demonized and massively killed as trash or trophy.

There are various solutions to gun violence that work. One is the model set by Australians after the mass shooting of 35 people in 1996. Within months, rapid-fire long guns (semi-automatics) were banned and a year later a mandatory buy-back of those guns, at market prices, was enforced. In 2003 a handgun buyback was introduced. There have been no mass shootings (defined as five or more at one time) in Australia since those laws were enacted with support by all major parties. The results were surprising. According to The Guardian, “Mass shootings have not only stopped, but there has also been an accelerating reduction in rates of firearm-related homicide and suicides, a landmark study has found.”

The study’s author, professor Simon Chapman, commented, “The U.S. is a good example of where evidence is going to take longer to prevail over fear and ideology.”

Another Madravenspeak column has more on the Second Amendment.

Wasserman writes: “The Second Amendment is now being deliberately misinterpreted by a predatory industry, a corrupt corporate elite, and an uncaring, would-be dictator. They are protecting the bottom line of a for-profit industry with not a shred of conscience or concern for the security of a free state or the law.”

Actions:

Find seven actions you can take to prevent gun violence at Everytown for Gun Safety.

Call your legislators (use your zip code): (202) 225-2131, to support a ban on semi-automatics and bump stocks, support background checks, and for legislators to stop taking money from the NRA.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on February 25, 2018.

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

BREAKING NEWS: Great Lakes wolves to remain protected!

From: Leda Huta, Endangered Species Coalition <action@endangered.org>

Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 8:35 PM

To: madravenspeak@gmail.com

Patricia,

I have an update – and my sincere thanks – for you today. We have learned in the past hour that policy riders that would have delisted Great Lakes wolves have been eliminated from the final version of the omnibus spending bill! This is fantastic news and means that wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will not face hunting and trapping seasons in the near future!

This is an enormous win for both gray wolves and the Endangered Species Act. Had the War on Wolves rider advanced it would have paved the way for even more politically-based listing decisions. We have learned from allies in Congress that senators and representatives received thousands of emails, phone calls, and tweets asking them to keep these wolves protected. The bill is not perfect. It contains concerning language about greater sage grouse and the border wall, but make no doubt, this is a huge, huge win!

This victory for wolves would not have been possible without you, Patricia. Thank you for standing up for wolves and for being an active member of the conservation community.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

Leda Huta

Executive Director

Endangered Species Coalition

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Thanks to all of you that helped make this happen. Patricia

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: The trapper and the coyote – a Wisconsin love story

 

Chester coyote with Larry and Cheryl

“Knowing him changes you.” ~ Larry, a Wisconsin trapper who adopted a coyote pup

It was June of 2016. I had a call from a Wisconsin trapper – and it was déjà vu all over again. Larry, a Wisconsin trapper and cattle rancher, had adopted an orphan coyote pup, then 4 years old. A DNR warden had shown up at their door to tell Larry’s wife, Cheryl, “We will be back to pick up your coyote to kill him.”

In February 2013 I wrote about a similar situation. Rick Hanestad and his two children had sought and found a coyote den after the mother was killed by a turkey hunter. She had been nursing, so they knew she died close to her den. A year later, with his then 7-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son bonded to the coyote as a family pet, a boundary dispute brought a warden to the door. When he saw the coyote, he said he would return to kill him. Rick went into full-time rescue of his family, calling his state representative and the local media, and a week into his ordeal, was told that I write this Madravenspeak column and called me.

I knew the law. All over Wisconsin, there are fenced hounding facilities that permit the running of dogs on rabbits, raccoons, bobcats, baby bears, foxes and coyotes. Tom Solin (since retired) was head of DNR special investigations in 2000 when I was on the Conservation Congress. He set up the Captive Bear and Cougar Committee to establish more humane enclosures for captive wildlife in the state. He told me that coyotes should never be put into hounding enclosures because there is no safe place for them to hide from packs of dogs that are taught to be vicious. They cannot climb trees. He told me they would be torn apart on the ground, as they still are.

The Legislature passed laws including allowing captive coyotes in fenced enclosures as dog bait. I knew that hounding enclosure profiteers were taking living wildlife directly from our woods, from trappers. Trappers provide baby raccoons, foxes, bobcats, rabbits and coyotes to hounding enclosures for that torment.

To ensure the safety of his coyote, Rick Hanestad got his fur farm license and fenced the required 144-square-foot enclosure. To this day Rick takes his beloved coyote along to Nascar races, where he competes.

When I heard from Larry and his wife in the summer of 2016, both were frightened that he would be killed. Larry’s wife, Cheryl, had bottle-fed him, and she was crying. So, off the top of my head, I said, “Bring him to me and I will find a safe place for him to stay until you get your license, fencing, and have assurances for his safety.”

Larry and Cheryl were out the door with their coyote, named Chester, before I could give them an address. I had to call them on the road. The situation reminded me of the underground railroad with safe havens for fleeing slaves. By the time they arrived at my door, I had found Chester safe haven. Larry, who raises cattle, and has trapped much of his life, got out of the SUV, and gave me a big bear hug, saying, “Thank you so much, Patricia – nobody else would help us.” He was near tears.

As he opened the back of the car to show Chester sitting in a transport cage, he turned to me and said, “Knowing him changes you.”

Larry told me that children lined his porch to meet Chester when he was a pup.

I thought they would bring a dog house or shelter, but we drove to the location together, and they staked him out on a chain on a central pole.

Chester was not tame for anyone but his family. During many visits, he remained non-aggressive but aloof. It was July and we had some pretty heavy downpours, so I talked my tenant into helping me haul treated posts and tarps and we spent four hours building Chester an enclosure. He was afraid of the flapping tarps so we dismantled it. Coyotes actually like the rain, as explained in this great resource to learn more about coyotes.

Genie Metoyer, who is a second-term elected Waushara county delegate on the Conservation Congress, visited Chester with me many times. Bless her vegan heart, she brought him sausages and bones and various meat treats. He took them directly from her hands without harm, but remained elusive. He is beautiful and dignified. We never petted him.

As soon as Larry and Cheryl had assurances from the DNR that they could keep Chester after they built a 144-square-foot enclosure and paid a $539.50 fine and $43.73 to the DNR for the coyote, Cheryl emailed me that they would be coming to get him. “We miss him so much!”

A new trapper can kill as many coyotes as he or she wants for $5. Hunters kill coyotes any way they want year-round.

It is time for us to be changed by coyotes. They deserve so much better.

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Actions: The Urban-Canid Project of UW Madison seeks support and volunteers, live-trapping foxes and coyotes in the urban Madison area, to study how they move and survive in the city. The site gives an email address for your request to participate in the study.

Coyotes and foxes (and all wildlife) have similar emotional and family bonds as dogs and people. Learn more about coyotes here.

Wildlife lovers can help create a Wisconsin bear sanctuary and education center 35 miles north of Madison. The Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic website has more information (at right). Please help.

Originally published in the Madison CapTimes on December 31, 2017

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Lawmakers push irrational cruelty to wolves

 

This is the stuffed bear in Sen. Tom Tiffany’s office in Madison. PHOTOGRAPH COURTSEY OF RANDY O’CONNELL

Professionals built the Titanic, amateurs the Ark” — Frank Pepper

Wisconsin urgently needs a wildlife ark created by citizens — a Wildlife Cooperative, replacing the Department of Climate Change Denial and Wildlife Destruction. The “experts” are stuck in a predator-killing rut despite abundant science documenting the health benefits of wolves to complex, intact ecosystems.

When I was elected Dane County delegate to the Conservation Congress 1999-2002, DuWayne Johnsrud was chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. He called sandhill cranes “ribeyes in the sky,” roasted mourning doves in his office, and had a bear skin thrown over his office couch.

Toxic manhood still rules in deadly entitlement. Sen. Tom Tiffany, chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, has his mean-spirited ego on display in the large taxidermy black bear in his office.

I attended the first of two Tiffany/Rep. Adam Jarchow wolf-hate conferences up north. Instead of educating and calming irrational hatred, they rallied blood lust against an endangered species. They irresponsibly chose Ted Lyons, author of ‘True Wolf,” as keynote speaker. (Adrian Wydevan, 13 years a Department of Natural Resources wolf biologist, described that book as anti-wolf and full of misinformation.)

Sen. Terry Moulton filled the room with his interpretation of God. He said, “I believe that God gave man dominion over the animals.” Evidently dominion means destruction because man has destroyed two-thirds of wildlife across the planet in just 50 years. It is a fact inspiring Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist E.O. Wilson to urge humanity to give half the Earth back to the other 99.9999 percent of species, in the interest of human survival.

With the wolf hunt on hold following a federal appeals court ruling last summer, Kathleen Raddatz, Waukesha citizen, testified at the Senate hearing on SB 602, (the “Let them poach wolves with impunity” bill): “Wolves just want to survive. You go out and kill 50-pound pups, go into the living rooms of wolves with walkie-talkies, high-tech weapons and into their dens with dogs, and slap a label ‘sport’ on it. In sport, both teams know the rules, are equally equipped, and nobody comes out dead.”

Mary Jo Waters testified, “When you say you want the wolves delisted, you mean killed. Wisconsin is a big game farm.”

Christina Ciano, a self-described “everyday citizen,” said, “Hunting is not conservation. The motivation against apex predators is that they interfere with trophy hunters killing elk and deer.”

She repeated several times for emphasis: “When the needs of wildlife are pitted against human needs, humans always win.”

Evidently facts mean nothing to Republicans. Wolves kill few cattle. The Department of Agriculture has documented that wolves may be responsible for two-tenths of 1 percent of unintended deaths before the slaughterhouse.

Wolves are blamed for killing deer.

Facts:

• The buck kill was up 28 percent where wolves live in northern Wisconsin in 2016.

• The DNR states that 25 percent of 2-year old-bucks are sick with chronic wasting disease, and it continues to spread.

• There is no CWD where wolves live.

The DNR and Legislature have manifested their irrational cruelty to wolves. They ignored the mandatory five-year hunting moratorium after delisting, required in their own management plan. They promoted the obscenity of dogs fighting wolves, shooting trapped wolves, and torturing wolves — all glorified on the Wisconsin Wolf Hunt facebook page.

Wisconsin legislators and the DNR do not have the respect for science, nature, wildlife and democracy essential to govern wolves or wildlife in general.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, weighed in on the fearmongering of these hearings: “Proponents of wolf delisting often try to attach a social benefit to their wish to kill wolves for sport — claiming that trophy hunting, trapping, and government or private lethal control actions are needed to curb attacks on cattle and other farm animals. However, a growing number of scientific reports are punching a hole in those claims — and showing that killing wolves can even make problems worse.”

Studies by Adrian Treves of the Carnivore Coexistence Project, UW-Madison, conclude: “Wildlife management guided by the ‘best scientific and commercial data available’ would suggest suspending the standard method of trapping wolves in favor of non-lethal methods (livestock guarding dogs or fladry) that have been proven effective in preventing livestock losses in Michigan and elsewhere.”

An elderly gentleman testified praising the character of wolves: “Wolves are honorable animals. They anally mate for life and will starve themselves to feed their young.”

Honor is sadly lacking in the Legislature and halls of human arrogance.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on January 28, 2018.

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Action Alert:

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has sponsored legislation to end protection for the last 100 Mexican wolves living in the wild. This further threatens the Endangered Species Act at a time of mass extinction. Sign and network a petition for Mexican wolves here.

Call your state legislators to oppose AB 712 and SB 602. They are being fast-tracked. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Wisconsin Legislature proves its incompetence on wolves

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The Wisconsin legislators who sponsored this bill have embarrassed the citizens of Wisconsin to the world.” ~ Bob Boucher, citizen who testified against bill

Rep. Joel Kleefisch, chair of the state Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage, held a hearing Jan. 10 on AB712, a bill sponsored by Rep. Adam Jarchow in the state Assembly, which has a companion bill sponsored by Tom Tiffany in the state Senate (SB602). The text says: “This bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from enforcing a federal or state law that relates to the management of the wolf population in this state or that prohibits the killing of wolf in this state.” It also prohibits the expenditure of funds to enforce protection of wolves, undermining the Endangered Species Act, while retaining payments for livestock damage and bear hounders’ dogs injured by wolves.

Many believe the purpose of this bill is to force the hand of the federal government to delist Wisconsin’s gray wolves from the federal Endangered Species List so the state can OK the resumption of wolf hunting, which has been blocked by the federal government since 2014. The law would be moot if wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List, but kick in again if the wolves were re-listed, even if there was just one wolf left in Wisconsin.

The hearing was well attended. The bear hunters, bow hunters, NRA, and Conservation Congress each sent representatives supporting AB712, including Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association and U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance lobbyist Bob Welch.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, which represents 205 hunting, trapping and hounding groups, strongly supports federal delisting, but questioned whether this bill would expose them to the public as willing to do anything to kill wolves. Their focus was on rallying hunters and trappers to call Paul Ryan and push him to forward delisting our wolves.

One citizen speaking against the bills said, “I am against Senator Tiffany in general. Every time you speak about ‘management’ you mean ‘kill.’ Table the bill.”

There were equally as many attending who sought to educate the committee that wolf populations are self-limiting and there is no “need” to hunt wolves. There is no CWD where wolves live.

Many who testified were simmering with outrage.

Bob Boucher (UW-Madison, MS in water resource management) has had a hunting and fishing license in Wisconsin for 50 years: “This bill proves to the entire world that the Wisconsin Legislature is populated with individuals who have violated their oath of office, the code of ethics for government service and the public trust. It also shows the world that the Legislature is populated with unprincipled law breakers who encourage poaching in direct defiance of upholding the laws of this country and the Endangered Species Act. Wolves play a critical role in maintaining biological land health. As a keystone species, wolves create a trophic cascade that supports healthy forests in Wisconsin.”

The state Department of Natural Resources claims that there are over 900 wolves in the state now, a miraculous four-year recovery after 1,100 were killed in three years of hunts. (It took 38 years of protection to get to 850 wolves prior to the hunts that began in 2012.)

Other bill opponents pointed out that the much-referenced “goal” of 350 wolves in the Wisconsin wolf management plan was never a “goal” but a minimum number of wolves for the state — and that it was a number picked out of the rifle butts of hunters and trappers with zero scientific backing. It was floated in 1999, and is outdated by 20 years. Management plans are supposed to reflect new science and be updated every five years.

AB712 even prohibits law enforcement and wardens from communicating incidents of poaching to USFWS federal law enforcement. It would enable free-for-all poaching, poisoning, trapping and killing — and not only of wolves. Those who poach wolves will likely poach other species.

Jodi Habush Sinykin, an attorney who represents Midwest Environmental Advocates, spoke against the bills. She testified: “AB712 takes us back 100 years to a time when fear and ignorance determined our approach to wildlife.” She predicted it would “open a Pandora’s box of widespread poaching, public safety concerns, and costly litigation.”

The bills’ authors want wolves back under state control to enable annual killing sprees. It is just a matter of how to get there. One argument that might be persuasive to wolf-haters is Sinykin’s legal assessment that this bill will actually delay delisting by the federal government: “It will cost untold dollars in litigation that will go on for years,” she said.

Mary Anderson of Spooner raises horses in wolf country. She sees wolves, but has had no problem. She called it a foolish bill with no sense.

The Wolf Patrol weighed in against this bill and the “bully tactics of a small minority that has failed to get its way through legitimate means.”

Stephen Anderson of Hartford said, “This is one step short of returning to bounty years. … Illegal killing is the second highest cause of wolf deaths.” He added that the question should be whether to kill wolves at all.

Wisconsin’s Indian tribes, who have important cultural attachment to the wolves as their brothers, were not consulted in the development of the bill. Law enforcement was not consulted either.

One citizen joked: “How do we know if there are any wolves in Wisconsin? Wait to see if three little pigs are threatened with home eviction? Or ask a little girl in a red cape (if she has encountered the ‘big bad wolf’)?”

AB712 proves that returning the stewardship of wolves to the state of Wisconsin would be irresponsible, since the wolf-haters in the state Legislature and beyond appear to be in power and looking for a way to destroy the wolf population. This bill also demonstrates that our wildlife, even the most endangered, which weave the world together and protect our health, are not granted the appropriate respect and treatment they deserve as a public trust.

ACTION ALERTS: A hearing on the Senate version of this wolf poaching bill (SB602) will be Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. Also SB633, dropping the requirement for proof of rabies certification on hounding dogs! Please network widely, contact senators, and attend!

Citizens can fight for our wolves and healthy forests in Wisconsin. Flood the phone lines of the following against delisting Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves:

Paul Ryan: +1 (202) 225-0600 / email form here

Federal authors of legislation to remove Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves from the Endangered Species List:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin: +1 (202)224-5653 / scroll down here

Sen. Ron Johnson: +1 (202)224-5323 / scroll down here

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on January 14, 2018

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Pushing babes to violence to bolster flagging hunter numbers

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“The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression….The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy.” ~ Stephen Hawkings speaking at London’s Science Museum

Stephen Hawkings explains, “It (aggression) may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”

It is illegal to have sex with a child less than 16 years old. By law, they are protected because they are morally too immature to engage in sex or bring life into the world. Similarly, a child does not understand death or who animals are and should be encouraged to develop a conscience, not “mentored” to destroy life.

There is no way to disguise it — killing is violence. Aggression is a human failing. Encouraging children to kill as they develop is an immersion technique that is formative. Brainwashing involves breaking down the identity of a person to replace it with ideology. A child has no firm identity established yet, and can be indoctrinated into a culture of violence when hunting is started in the vulnerable first stages of life.

Numbing a child to the suffering of the other beings on this planet is no longer acceptable. We are leaving them a world bereft of life.

Wisconsin Assembly Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, a wildlife-killing advocate, introduced a bill in the Legislature to allow children of any age to carry a weapon and kill wildlife. The bill passed and was signed by Gov. Walker.

Interest in hunting is flagging, and this appears to be one of a number of efforts to shore it up. Women and children are now prominently featured in weapons-industry ads.

According to the 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, over 11 million hunters spent $25.6 billion destroying the life of our commons. Over 86 million wildlife watchers spent three times as much, $75.9 billion. Nonhunters, who comprise 96.5 percent of the citizens of this country, also pay for that proportion of our public lands.

The difference between the two groups is that the majority of us do no deliberate harm to the commons, while hunters leave lead shot across the landscape that poisons water birds, eagles, and wildlife that ingest it; drive ATVs; run packs of dogs on wildlife, terrorizing them and us for months; bait and kill the wildlife that watchers travel to experience alive.

Hunters are only 3.54 percent of this country’s population and yet have a stranglehold on government agencies that should serve us all. While hunter numbers have declined 16 percent in the past five years, wildlife watchers have increased 20 percent.

Two-thirds of wildlife has been destroyed in just 50 years, and we are at a tipping point of ecosystem collapse. Biologists say 50 percent of all species will likely face human-caused extinction by the end of this century.

It is baffling how maiming and killing wildlife gets a pass when it comes to animal abuse. That can be attributed to the same patriarchal control that traditionally has held sway and excluded nonhunters from participating in the management of public lands, waterways and wildlife.

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources has essentially cut the nonhunting public out of the annual election of delegates to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, the sole advisory group to the state Legislature on the governing of nature and wildlife. Although all citizens should be represented, 95 percent of the delegates are hunters, hounders and trappers, who are elected by the 5,000 hunters who attend the election annually. The annual event is cleverly obscured, not named an election, and the DNR is complicit in keeping it secretive and privatized to its hunter clientele.

Tweaking the DNR is not the solution. It’s time to jump the curb and create something totally new. We don’t need better sameness, we need a paradigm shift — a system that includes all of us creating life-giving support for nature and wildlife to protect and nurture what is left.

We are out of the cave, and we need to be done with the industrial revolution and its dirty fuels, done with animal agriculture and its destruction of life on earth, and done with destroying wildlife for fun and trophy heads on walls.

When I hear Bill McKibben say, “No more pipelines, no more fracking, no more drilling — NONE OF IT!” I say: “No more trapping, no more hounding, no more hunting, no more taxidermy, no more heads on walls — NONE OF IT!”

Actions: Wildlife lovers can help create a Wisconsin bear sanctuary and education center 35 miles north of Madison. The Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic website has more information on how to help.

Please support these Center for Biological Diversity petitions to save life on earth:

Say no to traps on federal public lands.

• Trump has launched 47 attacks against the Endangered Species Act. Please take the pledge to support it.

• Take the pledge against Trump’s border wall, which would further endanger species.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on November 19, 2017

 
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