A Wisconsin man, who along with his three friends is suspected of illegally slaughtering as many as 100 deer in what prosecutors call an unprecedented “thrill-kill” spree, faces up to six months in jail.
Nathan Blaha, 20, of Hillsboro, Wis., and his accomplices allegedly wandered the backroads of Richland County in a pickup truck, stunning deer with a light before shooting them and leaving their carcasses to rot in what he called a contest to “get the most deer,” according to court documents.
Wisconsin Man Suspected Of Slaughtering 100 Deer In 'thrill Kill' | Fox News.
It is important for those of us in Wisconsin to become familiar with the Ag Gag bills which are currently gaining momentum in neighboring Illinois and Minnesota. Ag-Gag bills would make it a crime to take photos or videos on farms to expose animal cruelty, environmental and labor violations, and other illegal or unethical behavior.
The individuals targeted by Ag-Gag laws are not the criminals who are beating or stabbing animals (as seen on some undercover videos). Instead, the bills would punish the whistleblowers, the people who dare to lift the veil on these oft-hidden cruelties. The language in the bills varies somewhat state to state, but in many cases the penalties for exposing cruelty may be harsher than those for the actual commission of cruelty. In a number of states the proposed legislation would not only prevent the documentation of the abuse of farm animals, but also could prohibit investigations of puppy mills and dog racing.
Read the full article here.
Ed Sayres: Ag-Gag Bills Threaten Our Children, Our Freedom and Our Animals.
BLOOMER, Wis. (AP) — The city of Bloomer has amended its ordinance which bans pit bulls.
The City Council Wednesday night voted to allow pit bulls that are obtained through a humane society and approved by a veterinarian.
Kari and Eric Stone were fined after they were spotted walking their pit bull in the city. They appealed to the city, saying they were unaware of the ordinance when they adopted their dog.
The Chippewa Herald (http://bit.ly/GVEL7Lbit.ly/GVEL7L ) reports the couple told City Council members the dog has no violent history or complaints against it.
Information from: The Chippewa Herald, http://www.chippewa.com
Bloomer amends ban on pit bulls – TODAY'S TMJ4.
In June of 2009, a committee met at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to do a routine safety review of proposed research projects.
One of those projects involved genetically modifying flu viruses. And during the review, the committee brought up the idea of “dual-use” research. “Dual use” means legitimate scientific work that’s intended to advance science or medicine, but that also might be misused with the intent to do harm.
Now, nearly three years after that meeting, this flu research — along with similar work done in the Netherlands — has the science community in an uproar. Scientists, security experts, flu virologists and others are arguing over whether the details of experiments with lab-altered forms of bird flu can be made public, or whether that would amount to publishing the recipe for a superflu that could be used as a bioweapon.
Read (or listen to) complete story here:
Bird Flu Studies Getting Another Round Of Scrutiny By Panel : Shots – Health Blog : NPR.
WISCONSIN International Film Festival, Madison, WI.
Thursday, April 19, 5:30, Bartell Theater
For more information: Wisconsin Film Festival 2012
A popular sensation in medieval Europe, bestiaries were catalogs of beasts featuring exotic animal illustrations, zoological wisdom, and ancient legends. Denis Côté’s startling Bestiaire unfolds like a filmic picture book where both humans and animals are on display. As we observe them, they also observe us and one another, invoking the Hindu idea of darshan: a mutual beholding that initiates a shift in consciousness.
Fascinating, beguiling creatures like buffalo, hyenas, zookeepers, zebras, taxidermists, rhinos, and ostriches silently inhabit uncluttered, beautifully composed frames of a locked-off camera, conducting curious affairs in holding pens and fields. Their unself-consciousness before the camera’s eye renders them equally objectified. Whether we anthropomorphize, poeticize, abstract, or judge them is up to us. Côté invites his audience to reflect on control and power as lions rattle cages, a taxidermist recreates a duck, and artists copy a stuffed deer. Using the film form to challenge the very notion of representation, Bestiaire is an elegant, bewitching meditation on the nature of sentience and the boundaries between nature and “civilization.” –Sundance Film Festival
With the advent of spring the city of Madison will once again begin discussing the geese in local parks.
This video produced by the Rockford Park District is a positive example of how we can all work together to make it possible to live with Canada geese and to set an example for the rest of Wisconsin.
Thumbs up Rockford!
At a time when we are fighting to save highly endangered Asian elephants from extinction, offering them for rides sends the wrong message about how we treat our planet’s rare and vanishing species,” (Price is Right host Bob) Barker wrote. “We should be ashamed of ourselves as human beings to know that such misery is inflicted on these highly intelligent and self-aware animals for something as frivolous as rides.
OC Fair could end elephant rides after 25 years | fair, elephants, elephant – News – The Orange County Register.
A new wildlife ethic is rising in response to the slew of anti-wildlife, anti-science, biodiversity-destroying bills that passed the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate with bipartisan support this session. Spanning an appetite for cranes to hatred of wolves to expanded trapping into all public lands, this has been the year that finally tore back the thin veil of legitimacy of hunters and trappers claiming any stewardship in their endless expansion of killing our wildlife. Gone is any pretense of a “fair chase.
Read full article here:
Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Step up April 9 to help save the cranes.
Life Size Memories (2011)
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 3 p.m.
The Marquee Theater at Union South
Klaus Reisinger & Frédérique Lengaigne (120 min., color, Blu-Ray, US)
Too often we view wild animals as generic representatives of their species. But Life Size Memories attempts to change all that, discovering individual beings that stand out on their own terms. The film follows as two experienced war photojournalists train their lenses on captive elephants in war zones across southeast Asia to create life-sized photographic portraits of these individuals. What do these portraits augur for the fate of the elephant? Reisinger and Lengaigne’s beautiful film travels to four different nations to find a complicated answer — that regional variations in both human and elephant cultures will ultimately determine which individuals live and which become mere faded memories.
Visit the film’s official website
Divine Pig (2010)
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7 p.m.
The Marquee Theater at Union South
Hans Dortmans (60 min., color, Digibeta, The Netherlands/US, In Dutch with English subtitles)
Gerard Zwetsloot is a free-range butcher with a not-so-small problem — Dorus. Zwetsloot’s pet pig is living the good life, with walks in the park and local celebrity status. But as Zwetsloot bonds with his growing pig, he confronts the problem of whether or not he’ll eventually be able to butcher his animal companion. He’s had this problem before and some of his earlier swine ended up at “pig sanctuaries” to live out their days. How can someone be a butcher for a living and yet selectively choose not to kill certain animals? How does anyone decide which animals we classify as food and which as friends? Will Dorus end up on the plate or in the barnyard? Dortmans’ tender and thought-provoking film offers us reasons to believe that either ending is not without its issues. Film to be followed by a panel discussion on human-animal relations.
View the film’s official trailer