Tiger Exhibit at Marshfield Mall Breeds Controversy

Thank you to Madeline Anderson from WSAU Channel 7 news for reporting on the baby tiger “photo op” exhibit at a Marshfield Mall in Wisconsin.

It is easy to see why people would want to be able to pet these cubs, but knowing that they will not be raised by their natural mothers and will spend the rest of their lives in captivity in the U.S., should be reason enough to say no to this type of entertainment.

Breeding and exploiting exotic animals in an unnatural environment is wrong, and any manufactured reason for doing so cannot make it right. It’s a sad situation.

Watch the two news segments here:
Tiger Exhibit at Marshfield Mall Breeds Controversy.

Mayor Jokes About Killing Geese

“There are plenty of jokes on the ride, including a quip or two from the mayor. At Warner Park, Rhodes-Conway gets excited over the new parking lot. (These are the kinds of things, Ald. Ellingson explains, that thrill council members. When city workers painted over the graffiti on a utilities box in her district, Ellingson says, “it made my day.”) But several alders are far more excited to see a flock of creatures in the parking lot. “Geese!” they say. As anyone who has been following city politics knows, the city’s decision to kill some 400 of the birds at Vilas and Warner parks this summer led to a storm of protests and angry letters to Soglin and other city officials. And now here, watching the council and mayor roll on past, are some more. “You missed some,” Ald. Scott Resnick tells the mayor.

“Wait, let me out!” the mayor says to the driver. He is joking.”


via Laptop City Hall: Mayor Paul Soglin and City Council take a field trip to … Madison!.

Melanie Scheible: Primates belong in wild

The staff at Born Free USA was pleased to read Tuesday’s story “Baboon moves to Texas sanctuary.” Non-human primates may look cute and cuddly, but they should never be kept as pets. It’s cruel to the animals and dangerous to people.

Primates need to develop complex relationships with other members of their species, rarely possible in captivity. When loneliness causes primates stress, they often react by becoming violent and unpredictable. In turn, owners may house them in small cages or even have the animals’ teeth and nails filed or surgically removed.

In addition, dozens of people, including children, are attacked in the United States by “pet primates” every year.

Lawmakers must impose bans on owning primates. Animal lovers, please urge your representatives to support the Captive Primate Safety Act to keep primates in the wild where they belong.

– Melanie Scheible, Born Free USA, Sacramento, Calif.

Melanie Scheible: Primates belong in wild.

Lynn Pauly: Allow Babcock geese to be grandfathered

Thank you for Saturday’s article on the domestic geese at Babcock Park. I hope your readers understood that the group of domestic geese that William Watson has been caring for, who cannot fly, will most likely die of starvation this winter, while we watch.

Despite the county’s new law and the city’s campaign to blame wildlife for the less-than-optimal state of Madison’s beaches, can’t there be something grandfathered into the law to allow this single flock to continue to be fed? In the 26 years that these domestic geese have been at Babcock Park, the population has remained about the same.

Seriously, how can we turn our backs on this? Are the people of Dane County that rigid?

– Lynn Pauly, Madison, co-director, Alliance for Animals

Lynn Pauly: Allow Babcock geese to be grandfathered.

Read entire article here: Longtime geese “guardian” runs afoul of new law forbidding feeding wild animals.