Dear Editor: Thanks to Patricia Randolph and Shawn Doherty for informing us about the proposal to increase areas open to trapping tenfold in our Dane County parks, and that only five citizens were in attendance at the May 9 meeting.
The majority of the public doesn’t even know that trapping is already allowed. And when such a tiny number of citizens show up at a meeting, it’s a good indication the notice process failed. The minimal legal requirement of posting the meeting may have been met, but not the spirit of the law. This issue of trapping affects everyone who goes to parks to enjoy nature. We have been excluded from this discussion. Most citizens oppose trapping for the suffering it inflicts on those unknowingly stepping into these indiscriminate devices, including children, pets and non-targeted animals.
Recently other proposals involving animals have managed to get slipped through, without public awareness and discussion, such as the provision in the budget bill exempting animal researchers from Wisconsin state anti-cruelty laws and the city of Madison secretly killing 210 Canada geese, while other communities across the country have successfully reduced geese populations without lethal measures.
Please contact the County Parks Commission and County Executive Joe Parisi and attend the Aug. 8 meeting at the Lussier Center. This is the 21st century. Enough of the ridiculous doublespeak that trapping is “compatible” and a “legitimate recreational opportunity.” Please speak against this cruelty.
What You Can Do:
1. Contact Director Darren Marsh and state your opposition to extending the trapping areas in Dane County parks.
Dane County Parks Attn: Darren Marsh
1 Fen Oak Court, Room 234
Madison WI 53718
For a listing of all County Parks staff.
2. Become involved. Attend Dane County Parks & Open Spaces meetings. The next meeting is August 8, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Lussier Center. Visit the Dane County Parks website for future meetings.
3. Politely let Dane County Park Commission know that you are not in favor of extending the trapping in Dane County parks. Ask what you can do to help.
4. If you are a Dane County resident please sign our online petition that states, “I am opposed to any trapping of animals in Dane County parks and natural resource areas.”
Letters to the editor for Aug. 3, 2011.