Shirley Clements: Wisconsin should protect wolves, not hunt them

The Wolf Hunt, by Alexander Desportes,

Dear Editor: Corky Meyer of the Wisconsin Association of Sporting Dog Clubs was at a June Department of Natural Resources meeting concerning wolf season rules. While enduring his confusing monologue, all I could think about was how much “fun” hound hunters were going to have killing wolves. He spread dislike of wolves and is no wolf expert.

Corky says the wolf season was created by the Legislature — the people of Wisconsin — and he “thinks that 350 (wolves) is too many.” He asks, “Why should hunting-dog owners be punished for wolf depredation?” He wants more money for a dog killed by wolves — up to $10,000 or more. Money for owners who put dogs at risk by choice — a “tradition.”

Wisconsin should protect wolves and should protect hunting dogs from their owners. Using dog packs to hunt animals has an abusive nature. Hound hunters push it to a new low: using dogs to hunt wolves, top canines who will fiercely fight to protect their own. Who would willingly put dogs up against wolves? Those who already engage in abusive activities and seek to fulfill their craving for degenerate hunting.

A coalition of humane societies is seeking an injunction to halt the wolf hunt, claiming the DNR failed to put in place regulations to prevent the cruel deaths of hunting dogs that will be killed by wolves. An initial hearing on the injunction request is scheduled for Aug. 29.

Wolf hunting is hard. A special tool is needed — something threatening, forcing wolves to abandon elusiveness and expose themselves. Another canine: the poor dupe hunting dog — live bait to lure wolves out for killing!

By law there’s no compensation paid for dogs injured or killed while wolf hunting. Other animals are hunted with dog packs during wolf season. Hound hunters hunting wolves can claim they were doing something else when dogs get killed by wolves. They can get that money and kill wolves too while defending their dogs from attack. There are ways around that pesky law.

Tradition can by ugly — and profitable.

It’s easy to get what you want, even if you’re a tiny fraction of all hunters and a minute percent of the human population — a fringe group, the farthest possible point from honorable hunters.

A state doesn’t have the right to manage wolves; it has an obligation to best preserve wolves.

Wisconsin is accountable for bad laws created by arrogant and dishonest legislators and people like Corky Meyer.

Shirley Clements
Fond du Lac

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Rick Bogle: Billions for medical research aren’t worth it

A recent letter to the editor argued that the billions of taxpayer dollars doled out to medical researchers by the National Institutes of Health is something everyone should support because it creates jobs.

Unfortunately, that’s about all the good the money actually does. And if we are going to spend billions of tax dollars to create jobs, I’d like to see them be jobs that actually benefit society. The $400 million that ended up in Wisconsin could have fed a lot of hungry kids. It could have patched a lot of roads. It could have provided a better safety net for poor people who need medical care.

According to a 2010 cover story in Newsweek: “From 1996 to 1999, the U.S. food and Drug Administration approved 157 new drugs. In the comparable period a decade later — that is, from 2006 to 2009 — the agency approved 74. Not among them were any cures, or even meaningfully effective treatments, for Alzheimer’s disease, lung or pancreatic cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, or a host of other afflictions that destroy lives.”

When you add up this woeful record, the billions of dollars it costs every year, and the millions of animals suffering in the labs, it seems we ought to be cutting back on this taxpayer-funded program.

— Rick Bogle, Madison

Rick Bogle: Billions for medical research aren’t worth it.

Annual Vegan Chili Cook Off – Save the Date

The Where and When

Vegan Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction
Saturday, October 6, 2012
East Side Club, 3735 Monona Drive
5:30 – 10:30 pm

The Music

Live music: TBA

The Cost

Admission includes tasting of all 8 chilis, two bowls of chili, and two desserts – also chance to vote for People’s Choice Award.
$15 per person, tickets available at the door.

The Extras

Hot dogs, cash bar, and extra desserts available for purchase.
All vegan, of course.

The Judges

Jonathan Balcombe
Author of Pleasurable Kingdom and chair of the Animal Studies Dept. with Humane Society University

Lindsay Christians
Food, wine and fine arts writer for 77 Square, a Madison arts and entertainment weekly produced by The Capital Times.

Mark Dwyer
Horticulturist and Vegan Chili Cook Off Winner of Yore.

Dave Friedman
Organizer of Madison Area Vegetarian Meetup Group.

Alliance For Animals.

Deanna S. Devaul: Let wildlife control size of their own populations

Who are we as humans to think we should control other species’ populations when we are not even able to control our own?

The population of humans on Earth today is over 7 billion, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Due to greed and overpopulation, our wildlife is declining rapidly. If we continue on the path we are one, there will be little wildlife left.

What a sad world that would be. Maybe there would be no world left, since we are all connected.

Let our wildlife control their own populations. They have done it well until humans interfered.

– Deanna S. Devaul, Madison

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Chippewa tribes join call to stop DNR plans for wolf hunt – WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) – Chippewa Indian tribes are the latest to ask Wisconsin’s DNR to halt plans for a wolf hunt that’s due to begin in two months.

Jim Zorn of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission said the tribes believe the hunt would be biologically reckless, and culturally harmful to the Chippewa.

Zorn says the Indians believe the state’s original population goal of 350 wolves is too low – and it could harm the wolves.

The rules for the new wolf hunt prohibit taking the animals on Wisconsin Indian reservations. But that didn’t stop Chippewa from 11 tribes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan from expressing their concerns.

It comes after a host of environmental and animal rights groups filed suit to stop the wolf hunt. The lawsuit claims it’s too dangerous, because the wolves would eat up hunting dogs which are allowed to be used.

The wolf season was approved by the governor and Legislature earlier this year, after the animal was taken off the federal endangered species list in the Upper Midwest.

A court hearing on the lawsuit is set for later this month. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says her agency is working on a response to the Chippewa’s concerns.

Chippewa tribes join call to stop DNR plans for wolf hunt – WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM.

All bats are rabid and they all want to bite us | One Shared Planet

Here is a message I sent to the writer of this article about bats.

Hi Bill,

Your article on bats unfortunately promotes disrespect for other species and the perceived human right to kill whatever is different from us and whatever threatens us in any small way.

I do not find bats ugly or repulsive and I do not feel threatened by bats. (Imagine what they think of us really strange humans who are out to kill them.) Many nights in the summer, we enjoy watching the bats over our backyard.

Your article seems to imply that we should kill every bat that we encounter — because 2.5% of them have rabies? And how many of those rabid bats ever bite a human? Dogs and cats should be vaccinated against rabies. Just how big is this threat that we must respond to by killing pre-emptively?

I would rather live and let live and worry about rabies in the extremely rare case that I get bit.

I wish that more public writing would promote respect for life instead of human control over all species and the solving of perceived problems by killing. We diminish ourselves morally when we, lacking respect for other animals, assume superiority and control over other them and kill them unnecessarily.

Thanks for thinking about these things.

until next time,

Rick Marolt

All bats are rabid and they all want to bite us | One Shared Planet.

New York Times: Wisconsin Is Sued Over Dogs in Wolf Hunts

The wildlife agency in Wisconsin, the only state that allows people to use dogs while hunting wolves, faces a lawsuit contending that it is permitting state-sanctioned animal fighting.

The suit, filed on Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court, seeks a court injunction halting the issuing of permits by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a five-month hunting season beginning in October. About 8,400 people have applied for permits so far.

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Heat wave kills more than 1,000 dairy calves – JSOnline

More than 1,000 dairy calves throughout the Midwest have died during the past two-three weeks as a result of heat stress, state officials said Friday.

Half of the more than two dozen herds of dairy cows struck by the heat stress deaths are in Wisconsin, though the exact number of deaths in the state has not been determined, said Raechelle Cline, a spokeswoman with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The calves were between 2- and 7-days-old and had been housed in outdoor calve hutches with no shade, according to a news release from the agency.

Officials with the agency say calves younger than 10 days drink little water and that many of the dead calves were kept in hutches not properly configured for summer ventilation.

Officials also believe the calves were either weakened by heat stress and died from bacterial infection or became dehydrated and died from heat stroke.

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Heat wave kills more than 1,000 dairy calves – JSOnline.

Lawsuit seeks to stop wolf hunting season – JSOnline

Citing “state-sanctioned” animal fighting and violations of the state’s animal cruelty law, a lawsuit was filed Wednesday in an effort to stop the wolf hunting and trapping season scheduled to begin this fall in Wisconsin.

The action was filed in Dane County Circuit Court against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Board. At its heart: state rules authorizing the use of dogs to hunt wolves.

“A broad range of Wisconsin citizens oppose the rules established for this season,” said Jodi Habush Sinykin, an attorney for HS Law in Milwaukee who is among those representing the plaintiffs. “From hunters to landowners, ecologists to volunteer trackers and community humane societies, there is strong agreement that the season was set up without the restrictions needed to prevent deadly animal fighting.”

Plaintiffs include the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Dane County Humane Society, Wisconsin Humane Society, Fox Valley Humane Association, Northwood Alliance, National Wolfwatcher Coalition, Jayne and Michael Belsky and Donna Onstott.

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Lawsuit seeks to stop wolf hunting season – JSOnline.