Wisconsin AB 593 to make animal cruelty a felony – Milwaukee Animal Welfare | Examiner.com

“…a person who treats an animal cruelly is guilty of a Class I felony if the mistreatment is intentional and results in the mutilation of, the disfigurement of, great bodily harm to, or the death of, the animal.”

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Committee To Hold Hearing On Wolf Hunt

Committee To Hold Hearing On Wolf Hunt
Bill Would Establish Wolf Hunting, Trapping Season

MADISON, Wis. — The public will get a chance this week to sound off on a Republican bill that would establish a wolf hunt in Wisconsin.

Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin wolves came off the federal endangered species list last year. The change means the states are free to manage their wolves as they see fit.

The bill would establish a wolf hunting and trapping season that would run from mid-October through the end of February. The Department of Natural Resources would be allowed to limit licenses and award them to applicants who build up preference points.

Hunters would be allowed to use bait and dogs and could hunt at night.

The state Senate’s environmental committee has scheduled a public hearing on the measure for Tuesday morning at the state Capitol.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 417 North of the Capitol.

News source:

Committee To Hold Hearing On Wolf Hunt – Madison News Story – WISC Madison.

Children Of All Ages Delighted By Enslavement Of Topsy The Elephant – | The Onion

If this weren’t so sad it would be funnier, but you have to give The Onion credit for seeing how ridiculous performing elephants are.

Let’s ban elephant acts in Dane County.

TUCSON, AZ—Cheers, laughter, and applause filled the big top tent at the Ringling Bros. Circus Saturday as children of all ages were captivated by the savage enslavement of Topsy the elephant.

Whether young or just young at heart, thrilled audience members watched with glee as a circus trainer forced the frightened Topsy to perform tricks by brutally poking and prodding the traumatized 4-year-old pachyderm.

Read full article here:

Children Of All Ages Delighted By Enslavement Of Topsy The Elephant | The Onion – America's Finest News Source.

Your Input Needed on Dane County Exotic Animal Ban

Dane County is considering a ban on the sale of large or dangerous exotic animals like tigers, alligators, chimpanzees, and venomous snakes in part because of the recent Ohio disaster.

There is good news and there is bad news regarding this proposal.

First the good news:
If passed, the amendment will help reduce the likelihood of someone keeping a lion or lions in their basement, a monkey in their garage, or the sale of such animals in Dane County.

Now the bad news:
This proposal was recently amended to exempt “farming operations”. The definition of “farming operation” is so wide open that it is going to be the exception that swallows the rule. Most of the worse exotic offenders are going to be people who will qualify under the so called “farming operation” exception. This exception does not exist in the City’s ordinance and the primary purpose of this effort was to bring the City’s and County’s ordinances into conformance.

Please e-mail your Dane County Supervisor and cc the Committee members below stating that farming operations should not be exempt from this exotic animal amendment. Tell then that no commonly farmed animal species is affected by the original proposal. The “farming operation” exception is a mistake and unwarranted.

Let’s all do what we can to encourage this committee to remove the “farming operation” exception.

Public comment will be taken at the beginning of the meeting, before any discussion of the resolution. If you plan to attend and/or speak, please be prompt.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.
City-County Building Room 354
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Madison

Health and Human Needs Committee

stubbs@countyofdane.com, levin.jeremy@countyofdane.com, vedder.barbara@countyofdane.com, duranczyk@countyofdane.com, willett@countyofdane.com, ronnferrell15@charter.net, sargent@countyofdane.com

Sheila Stubbs, Chair
Jeremy Levin
Barbara Vedder
Denise Duranczyk
Mike Willett
Ronn Ferrell
Melissa Sargent

For Dane County Supervisor contact info click here.
Who is my Dane County Supervisor? Call Board of Supervisor’s office at 266-5758.

Wisconsin to Consider Hunting of Sandhill Crane – NYTimes.com

On February 22, 2012 state representatives Joel Kleefisch (R 38), Joan Ballweg (R 44) and
Richard Spanbauer (R 53) introduced AB613 a bill which would requires that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) authorize the hunting of sandhill cranes.

Advocates of the crane hunting legislation, introduced on Wednesday by State Representative Joel Kleefisch, emphasized that it would allow officials to limit the number of cranes harvested and would require hunters to complete an education course. Officials from the International Crane Foundation said they were maintaining a neutral stance because the foundation views itself as a conservation group focused on scientific research about cranes and their ecosystems, not on politics.

Mark Berres, an assistant professor of avian biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that even with a growing number of sandhill cranes, far more needed to be studied about their genetic diversity and fledgling rates, adding, “I can’t understand how you’re going to open up a hunting season before you learn more.

It was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources. Please let them know that you do not support AB 613. This committee includes:

Representative Jeffrey Mursau Rep.Mursau@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-3780 Capitol 18 North

Representative Roger Rivard Rep.Rivard@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-2519 Capitol 307 North

Representative Mary Williams Rep.WilliamsM@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7506 Capitol 17 West

Representative Joel Kleefisch Rep.Kleefisch@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-8551 Capitol 321 East

Representative Lee Nerison Rep.Nerison@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-3534 Capitol 310 North

Representative Erik Severson Rep.Severson@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 267-2365 Capitol 312 North

Representative Jim Steineke Rep.Steineke@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-2418 Capitol 304 North

Representative Tom Tiffany Rep.Tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7694 Capitol 208 North

Representative Duey Stroebel Rep.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 267-2369 Capitol 8 West

Representative Michelle Litjens Rep.Litjens@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7500 Capitol 221 North

Representative Louis Molepske Rep.Molepske@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 267-9649 Capitol 22 West

Representative Cory Mason Rep.Mason@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-0634 Capitol 6 North

Representative Chris Danou Rep.Danou@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7015 Capitol 303 West

Representative Fred Clark Rep.Clark@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7746 Capitol 9 North

Representative Nick Milroy Rep.Milroy@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-0640 Capitol 8 North

Representative Brett Hulsey Rep.Hulsey@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7521 Capitol 3 North

Read entire article below:

Wisconsin Consider Hunting of Sandhill Crane – NYTimes.com.

20/20 Special on Chimpanzee Experimentation – 1995

This 1995 episode of 20/20 is a bit scratchy, but definitely worth watching. After watching, Tell Congress to End Chimpanzee Experiments.

In our own area, Rep. Tammy Baldwin refuses to cosponsor this bill. We are thankful that many other legislators are able to see that the time has come to ban chimpanzee experiments. Read more here

20:20_Chimps.mov – YouTube.

Patricia Randolph’s Madvenspeak: How George Meyer has harmed Wisconsin

Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We won’t be able to offer the same excuse, that we didn’t know, the second time.” — Helmut Kaplan

I attended my first annual meeting of the Conservation Congress as an elected Dane County delegate in 2000. I was the first delegate ever elected, in 66 years, by citizens wanting to protect wildlife. George Meyer, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources in 1993-2001, showed up to issue a battle cry against the general citizenry: “By carrot or stick, hunters and trappers will gain access to public lands and private lands.

Read entire article here:

Patricia Randolph's Madvenspeak: How George Meyer has harmed Wisconsin.

58th Zor Shrine Circus Brings Back Elephants, Abuse Controversy

Animal activists say circus elephants are abused and handed out leaflets in Madison showing how to find the signs to circus-goers Saturday.

The Zor Shrine Circus was actually the first event in the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum back in 1967. Zor Shrine has hired the George Carden Circus since 1986, but activists are upset about animal rights violations spotted last year.

“I don’t think elephants should be in the circus gven their size,” said Alliance for Animals Volunteer Julie Grosso.”It’s really difficult in my opinion to care for them.”

The circus was cited for not paying enough medical attention to the elephants and for not having enough handlers in 2011.

Since December Dane County has been considering an ordinance to ban elephant performances in county facilities. The discussion continues at a committee meeting Tuesday.

In December Zor Shrine said even if the ordinance passes, they would find another way to keep the circus in town, like having it in a tent.

“I’ve seen the animal care, they are they are treated very well,” said Zor Shrine Circus Organizer John Thorstad at one of six shows this weekend. “They are fed, they are bathed constantly, they are very well taken care of.”

Madison has a complicated history with elephants. In 1966 a Vilas Zoo elephant stomped a child to death when she tried to feed it popcorn. In 2000 the zoo’s two elephants were shipped out of state when the USDA found their habitat was inadequate.

Thorstad says tickets are still available for two shows Sunday.

58th Zor Shrine Circus Brings Back Elephants, Abuse Controversy.

Committee to Discuss Elephant Ban in Closed Session

The Dane County Public Works and Transportation Committee will meet in closed session to discuss the next step on an amendment prohibiting the use of elephants for amusement or entertainment.

No public comment will be taken however the committee may ask questions of the public.

Please call or write to members of the Committee urging them to support this ban. Always include your name and address. For information or talking points visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to read the most common questions about the use of elephants in circuses and what a ban would mean to Dane County.

Matt Veldran, Committee Chair, (608) 235-8369 veldran@countyofdane.com
Chuck Erickson, (608)212-8753 erickson.chuck@countyofdane.com
Dave Ripp 608/849-7643 ripp.david@countyofdane.com
Bob Salov 608/423-4358 salov@countyofdane.com
Robin Schmidt 221-0514 schmidt.robin@countyofdane.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
5:30 p.m.
Exhibition Hall-Monona Room
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Meeting agenda here.

Watch excellent ABC News footage of elephants in the wild and circuses.

Carnism Awareness and Action Network CAAN

Alliance for Animals’ guest speaker at the 2012 Vegantines Dinner was Dr. Melanie Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.

If you missed her excellent talk (and our delicious vegan dinner from Bunky’s Cafe) here is a snippet of what you missed.

Because vegetarian and vegan advocates have sufficiently raised public awareness about the production and consumption of animals (including animal suffering on factory farms, the environmental consequences of animal agriculture, and the health benefits of a plant-based diet), the time is ripe for the next step in advocacy.

Carnism Awareness and Action Network CAAN.