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Major Frito Lay Potato Supplier Convicted of Poisoning Bald Eagles and Other Wildlife in Wisconsin

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My post last week was supposed to be my final one before transferring the website, but this is too big of a story not to get out and share far and wide.

Father, son charged with poisoning bald eagles, other wildlife

From the article:

A father and son who operate a large potato farm in northern Wisconsin have agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution in connection with the poisoning deaths of more than 70 wild animals, including at least two bald eagles.

Alvin C. Sowinski, 65, and Paul A. Sowinski, 46, of the Town of Sugar Camp in Oneida County, also face penalties of up to $100,000 each and up to a year in prison at their sentencing in May, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the western district in Madison.

According to documents filed by prosecutors, Alvin Sowinski used poisoned bait piles to try to kill predators such as coyotes and gray wolves.

While it was a relative slap on the wrist for these poachers, it turns out that they are big donors to the Wisconsin Republican Party and major potato suppliers for Frito Lay Corporation:

“Sowinski Farms of Rhinelander, Wisconsin is one of the longest standing suppliers of chip stock potatoes to Frito-Lay. They signed their first contract with Frito in 1955. In 2009, Sowinski Farms received Frito-Lay’s 2009 North Central Region Grower of the Year Award. During the 2009 crop year, they were cited for delivering outstanding quality and the highest solids in Wisconsin, while delivering on their supply commitments at 100% contract compliance.”

Here is the public Frito Lay contact information:

1-800-352-4477

M-F 9:00AM – 4:30PM CT

Send letters to:

P.O. Box 660634

Dallas TX 75266-0634

Here is their Facbook page:

https://www.facebook.com/FritoLay

Please DEMAND that Frito Lay drop these eco-terrorists as one of their major suppliers. Make it clear that you WILL NOT be purchasing any of their products while they continue to support these wildlife killing criminals.

 

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Watching bears is much more profitable than killing them

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MADRAVENSPEAK

Stanford University study:  Watching bears is Exponentially more profitable than killing them

 

“We found that the bear viewing is generating 12 times more in visitor spending than is bear hunting, and over 11 times more in direct revenue for the B.C. province,”  researcher, Martha Honey, Centre for Responsible Tourism, Stanford University, Washington D.C. (http://bearmatters.com/bear-watching-more-profitable-than-bear-hunting-says-study/ )


The Centre for Responsible Tourism is calling on the B.C. government to revise its hunting policies considering findings that viewing bears is exponentially more profitable than killing them:  “ A comparison of the number of jobs generated by each industry also points to the need for a policy change. Researchers found companies involved in bear viewing employed 510 people in 2012, while 11 people worked for guide outfitters in the same year.”

 “It seemed to us quite clear that the government is spending more to sort of manage and oversee hunting than it is earning from revenue from hunting,” she said.

(The Wisconsin DNR has to prove to the hunters that all of the revenue of hunting goes back into providing more hunting. http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/2013/02/fwbrochure.pdf )

More black bears are killed in Wisconsin than anywhere else on earth – 14.000 of them  in the past two and a half years. Two-thirds of bears killed are cubs less than 2 years old. The trophy hunters set dogs on them from July 1 through mid-October, baiting them emerging from hibernation through the kill. 

 

As Wisconsin’s DNR is exposed for paying criminals for dogs they throw to wolves, even when hunting illegally http://host.madison.com/news/local/state-pays-scofflaws-for-dogs-killed-by-wolves-while-hunting/article_1a704d56-3121-5720-aa27-7c89a693e4de.html, indigenous people in Canada are banning trophy hunting.

 

Native people who live amongst their wildlife are fighting back – with real science, economic impact statistics, and their loving relationship to bears as brothers.  This revealing video filmed by B.C.’s coastal first nations tells the history of Indian relationship to their bears.  It documents the community reaction to an American hunter violating their no hunting signs, killing and decapitating Cheeky, a young grizzly named and beloved by the locals:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NDg24d8fF1Q 

 

The Nuxalk nation creation story describes their people coming from the upper worlds in the beginning of time.  On the walls of heaven hung all the different coats of the animals, and the first people were given the choice of what form they would like to use to move between the worlds.  They chose the grizzly bear as a direct connection to the Creator.

 

A young leader of the Nuxalk nation, Megan Moody says, “A lot of people from around the world want to come to see bears and this brings our people out on the land.  It’s a real opportunity to get involved…. Science is basically adding to the arguments that we already have as aboriginal people.  We have always had an understanding of bears that we should live with them.  Bears have been allowed to be killed based on how many bears – but changing the bear behavior –   there is something out of balance there, and how dependent they are on the fish and the fish stocks are falling all over the place. And I don’t see how those population estimates can be correct.  We really do not know how many are there – deforestation, declining salmon stocks and climate change – I would rather protect them and have them around for thousands of years rather than pretend we know what is going on and continue the needless killing of them.”

 

Let’s reiterate that – the state pretending to know what is going on to kill needlessly for trophy.

 

In September, 2012,  British Columbia’s first nations issued a formal ban on trophy hunting of all bears, black, grizzlies and kermode bears, across the territories of nine signatory nations.  These interlocking territories cover most of the Great Bear Rainforest. 

 

9 out of 10 Canadians support the ban.

 

However, like Wisconsin, the fish and game agencies of Canada are corrupted by the bias of entrenched hunter control and intend to continue to kill bears and other wildlife for trophy.

 

Robert Johnson of the Heiltsuk Nation:  “Most of the bears, we would be about fifty yards from them and just talk to them and tell them who we are and what we are doing there.  These bear hunters that come in and sit in the grasses and hide and wait for a bear to come out, and go home and brag about it and tell their friends, ‘Look what I got.’  They come up to this beautiful country and come home with this hide.”

 

Dr. Chris Darimont, the University of Victoria scientist who studied Cheeky’s remains reported, “Cheeky was 5 or 6 years old, probably three years since he left his mother and her range. He probably had not fathered any cubs yet being so young and relatively small.  In a long lived species that might live 25 – 30 years in the absence of sport hunting,  he may have fathered a hundred cubs in his life.  The idea that this hunt is based on sound science to me and to a great many other scientists, is absurd, for a number of reasons.  But in an overarching way, science provides information, but it does not provide permission to behave unethically.  For me, this is the primary issue at stake here.  This is unethical behavior.  To kill something without eating it.”

 

Frank Hanuse, Wuikinuxv Nation,  said he had killed one grizzly in his life.  He said he felt good about it at first, but when he started skinning it, it looked just like a human.  “I got that feeling like killing my own brother…

 

They’re us.  We’re them.  This is ours.  We share it.  We have been living with them so close for years and years.  We feel like they are family.  And we don’t like hunters just coming in here and blasting away and just taking a head.  This is not just a first nation issue.  We have to protect them now.”

 

Now.

 

That means replacing our legislators with people who respect science and have common sense.

 

Three DNR hearings remain Jan. 21, 22 and 23 (Eau Claire, Wausau and Fitchburg) for citizens  to give input on “permanent” rules promoting expanded hunting and trapping in state parks:http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=412#art3

 

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Reliving 2012 and a Call To Action For 2013

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to 2013. 2012 was a horrible year for wildlife across the country and especially for wolves in the Great Lakes. 2012 was also the year that we started fighting back against the kill everything extremists and their monopoly over our wildlife and wild lands. This was never more apparent than with the massive public outcry against the insane plan to allow basically unchecked hunting and trapping in our state parks for seven months of the year. Your voice made a difference and forced the normally rubber stamping Natural Resources Board to dramatically scale back this insane plan. We were finally heard loud and clear and a message was sent about the overreach of the DNR and their puppet masters in the legislatures and the extremist hunting groups.

While this was a great accomplishment there is so much more that we need to be vigilant about. In 2012 we saw the revolting side of our species manifest itself in response to Wisconsin’s first wolf killing season. The absolutely disgusting “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page finally showed to the rest of the public the sadistic and bloodthirsty mindset that plagues much of rural Wisconsin and the rest of the country. Facebook should be ashamed to have allowed this disgusting page to even exist. Unfortunately while homages to sadism like the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” page were allowed to spread and revel in their torture and bloodlust, wildlife advocates were being banned from Facebook for only expressing their opinions. That being said the sadists who participate in the above page and other similar ones are finally showing their true colors to the rest of society. Would most of us have even known how brutal and sadistic these people truly are without them proudly sharing their sick photos and videos? Their arrogance and pride in their brutal acts are waking up more and more people to what is really happening on our wild lands. One thing is for sure, we are paying attention. Because of the vigilance of wildlife advocates we were able to expose the sick and sadistic videos showing James Vee and his buddy laughing and joking after shooting a wolf in a trap. Vee and his buddy laughed while the wounded wolf thrashed in it’s death throes. Our pressure made sure that the DNR investigated this guy and he ended up being charged for not having a “proper” license for trapping the wolf. This same person also videotaped for several minutes while another trapped wolf howled and cried while awaiting it’s execution by another slob who made it a family event in front of a small child. Of course the DNR found nothing wrong with this and apparently their own rules about requiring a trapped animal to be killed “immediately” are null and void when it comes to wolf torturers.

In 2012, 241 wolves were reported to have died by human hands in Wisconsin. 117 from the wolf killing season, 57 from the Wildlife Services assassins, 22 killed by vehicles (all accidents, I am sure), 18 killed by landowners, and nine killed by poachers. The rest by “unknown causes.” Of course the number killed by poachers is very likely to be highly underestimated or underreported. And the wolf killers all did this without the use of dogs. Of course the trapper sadists killed the majority of wolves at 53%. And at no surprise to anyone the anti-wolf zealots are already clamoring for a massively increased quota for next year to push the wolfp opulation closer and closer to that ridiculous “350” number that they worship. Apparently they are too dense to realize that 350 was the number that they could begin killing wolves and it was not intended to be the maximum population. And like clockwork chief anti-wolf zealot and bear hounder puppet Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) chimed in at the Natural Resources Board hearing that authorized the wolf slaughter. Suder wants to drastically lower the cost for for the wolf killing licenses to match the anti-wolf states of Idaho and Montana, and he was whining that the quota was far too low. Now that Suder and his cronies again have complete and total control of the state government we need to watch every piece of legislation that this guy proposes. He may very well be the most anti-wildlfie politician in the country right now and we need to make sure everyone knows who he really works for.

In 2013 we must also make sure to to keep a close eye on the extremist hunting groups that were behind the wolf kill bill and the unlimited killing in state parks bill. Of course we all know which groups these are and they are led by the deplorable Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and George Meyer’s deceptively named hunting group, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Last year Meyer’s kill everything group made an insane proposal that slipped under the radar. They want the state to impose a bounty program for the killing of coyotes. Now that they essentially own the legislature do not be surprised to see more insane proposals like this put forth to be rubber stamped by the Republicans and their so-called Democrat allies. When Meyer and his group were not busy dreaming up more killing proposals they were telling everyone that would listen what a great thing that it was that animal cruelty was protected under state law when it comes to wildlife.

The positive is that the above groups flew under the radar for so long that not many knew how much power they really had and how they owned the legislature. But their arrogance could no longer be restrained and they decided that their power was so absolute that they could not restrain their overreach. Now people are paying attention. Now WE are paying attention and we sure don’t like what we are seeing. WE are the new breed of wildlife advocates and WE don’t back down even in the face of bullying and threats. Earlier this year one of our supporters and dedicated ally had a dead and gutted coyote placed on the hood of their vehicle in Madison. Apparently these sadistic thugs thought that it would scare this person into submission. It didn’t. In fact it did the exact opposite and strengthened their resolve even further. These type of bullies may have been able to intimidate wildlife advocates with their gruesome acts and threats in the past, but that is no more. The bullies and sadists in the hunting community need to realize that WE are a whole new breed of wildlife advocate. Some of us are military veterans. We come from all walks of life, and some are even former or current hunters. We don’t back down. The same message goes to the anti-wolf/pro-hounder trolls who post threats on this site toward wildlife advocates and our allies. You will be exposed and your past indiscretions will be made available for all of the world to see thanks to the Wisconsin Circuit Court online records system. I would say something about throwing stones in a glass house, but most of the trolls are too dense to understand the meaning behind that.

We have accomplished quite a bit in 2012 in the face of a relentless attack by those who wish to see all that we hold precious eradicated. For 2013 we must take it up a few notches. The first thing that we must do is continue to EXPOSE the bear hounders, trappers, and other sadists for what they really are. When they post their lies and propaganda, call them on it. When they post their sadistic videos and photos share them far and wide. We must also attend the Natural Resources Board hearings to make our voice heard. The same must be done for the so-called “Conservation” Congress. We must get our delegates voted onto this good old boy “congress.” Remember it is supposed to for the “public” so we have just as much of a right to be a part of this as they do. Any “public” hearing concerning wildlife we must attend to make our voices heard. The DNR always makes sure that the kill everything groups are strongly represented at these meeting and we need to counter that. Finally we must counter the anti-wolf zealots and trolls who post on internet news stories. Counter them with FACTS and when they accuse of of being “emotional” and they get angry turn the tables and point out who is really the “emotional” one. Remember we have the FACTS on our side, not the fluffy lies and propaganda they constantly spew.

Finally the most important thing for us to do is to stop the childish infighting that so often happens among wildlife and animal welfare organizations and individuals. This petty garbage is one of the reasons that we have trouble gaining ground on the kill everything groups that dominate our state. This war on wildlife is not just affecting wolves it is impacting all of our wildlife in one way or another. Look at how bears, coyotes, and other “fur bearing” animals are treated in this state. We are advocates for ALL living wildlife not just wolves as some on our side want it to be. Our state allows and even promotes the most vile and barbaric methods for killing animals and someone needs to keep pointing this out. We cannot do this without coordination or by getting sidetracked trying to save the world from global warming or other issues. While those issues are very important we must focus on our WILDLIFE and try to do what is within our power to force change at the state level. Our real enemies are the hounders, trappers, anti-wildlife legislators, and the kill everything hunting groups that pull their strings. While it is noble to try and change the world we must focus on changing our own backyard FIRST. Before Patricia started her column most people had no clue what was being done to the wildlife in this state and how corrupt our DNR has become. Most bought into the propaganda that all “sportsmen” were “conservationists” and ethical. While some may be we now see the dark underbelly that has been thriving in this state for decades. This is what we must work together to expose. Please stop the petty vegan vs vegetarian vs meat eater arguments. Please stop acting like one species of wildlife is all that matters when all are suffering. If people do not want to work together than they are doing more harm than good as far as I am concerned and we are no better than the extremist sadists that we claim to be fighting against.

Now that I got that off of my chest I want to wish all living wildlife advocates a very happy New Year. Even with all of the sadism and suffering that we saw this past year we are making progress. People are starting to pay attention and the hounders, trappers, and other sadists are finally being exposed. We must not let up. Let’s make 2013 the year that our wildlife finally has a true voice. We must also continue to support those with the courage to challenge in court the insanity of our state. The outstanding legal team challenging the use of of dogs against wolves is a perfect example of this. We thank them for allowing wildlife advocates to finally fight back against the bear hounders and their enablers. But this must only be the beginning. We must fight to bring true democracy into our wildlife and wild land “management” decisions. It is time to stand up to the pro-killing anti-wildlife cartels that are in bed with the state and demand that these decisions are made by the majority, not just extremist special interests. Keep fighting and have a happy New Year.

 

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“What the Hell is a “Kleefisch?”

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I humbly apologize for posting another picture of a Wisconsin wildlife hater, but I just could not resist this topic. A question was asked today in the comment section of the Wisconsin State Journal by friend and contributor to this website. The topic was about the wolf kill bill and old “Ribeye’s” name was brought up. He asked, “What the hell is a kleefisch?”

I thought about this for a while and I came up with this explanation:

“I think a “kleefisch” is a type of fish that is related to the Asian carp. Unwanted, invasive, and dangerous to the environment. Of course it could also be related to the clownfish.”

Let me know in the comments what you think, or if you have an alternate definition.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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What a Coincidence!

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The same day that our esteemed governor signed the wolf kill bill look what news came out of wolf country:

CWD found in deer in northwest Wisconsin

In the real world, I try not to believe in conspiracy theories. However Scott Walker’s Wisconsin is about as far from reality as you can get. A very observant commenter on the Wisconsin State Journal’s website pointed out that the DNR knew about this since early March and received a second confirmation last Friday. However, it was not announced until AFTER Walker signed the wolf kill bill today. If history is any indication the DNR will institute a full scale deer slaughter in this area just as they did in southern Wisconsin.

What is astounding is that wolves help to keep the deer population in check, thus helping to prevent the spread of CWD. Do you think that maybe Walker could have held off on signing this bill with this recent round of news? Of course not. He wouldn’t want to disappoint George Meyer, the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, and the lawmakers that are in their pocket. I mean the wolves have have been off the endangered species for a whole two months, the killing must commence. 

I am sure that others share my sentiments when I ask, what the hell is wrong with this state? 

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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As If We Needed Another Reason To Recall This Guy

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Walker signs wolf kill bill in ceremony. 

“The wolf hunting bill is designed to calm the worries of farmers, landowners and hunters who believe that wolves are taking a toll on the deer population. Advocates have questioned, however, whether it’s too early to bring back hunting of wolves, which has not happened since they were wiped off the landscape more than 50 years ago.”

“The swelling wolf population has created a hardship for many farmers and homeowners. The DNR is ready to put the rules in place that will allow them to reduce the herd to a healthy, sustainable level,” Walker said in a statement.”

This guy has shown time and time again that he hates the environment and the animals that inhabit it. From the wetland destruction bill that he signed to the failed mining bill it is no secret where his loyalty lies. If you are a Wisconsin resident please vote in the upcoming recall election and remember which lawmakers voted for this wolf kill bill next time they are up for reelection. Also remember that Wisconsin is the only state in the country that now allows wolves to be hunted with dogs, and at night. We have all seem those horrible pictures from Idaho by now:

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/wolf_torture_and_execution_continues_in_the_northern_rockies/

This is what is coming to Wisconsin but even worse. Wisconsin has basically legalized dog fighting. Remember according to Wisconsin law :

It is illegal to:

• allow a dog to kill any wild animal at any time.

It is illegal to:

• not immediately kill, in a humane manner, all game taken and make it part of your daily bag.

After the wolf killing season starts in October if anyone comes across photos or videos showing dogs killing a wolf, or dogs allowed to attack a wolf while the person videotapes it, make sure to report it to the authorities. If they refuse to take any action we will see what these agencies are all about and call them on it. It is shameful what Wisconsin is allowing and the backlash will be swift and severe. WE VOW asks that you do not let this issue die.

 

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Hunters Worried About Image After Deer Thrill Killing in Wisconsin

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This report just surfaced about four people in Wisconsin who poached at least 100 deer in Richland County last December in what is called a “contest.” They also apparently left the killed deer to rot.

Wisconsin man suspected of slaughtering 100 deer in ‘thrill kill’

Of course there is outrage from the hunting community, but not in the manner you would expect. According to the article:

“The suspected illegal slaughtering of deer by Blaha violated all the rules of hunting, authorities said, and has since outraged many hunters and conservation groups who claim Blaha may have depleted the herd and brought unfair notoriety to the sport.”

Yup, they are outraged because it tarnishes their image and takes away deer that they could be killing. I guess that they can’t blame the wolves for this “depletion” of the deer herd.

Note: I normally do not like using Fox News as a reference, but I could not find other sources.

 

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