Elkhorn Protest in Support of SB93 this Saturday

 

 

The Elkhorn Protest In Support of SB 93 will be held in front of Elkhorn City Hall on S. Broad Street in Elkhorn, WI from 12-5pm on October 26th.  The organizations, “Wisconsin Wolf Front” and “Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf” are hosting this protest to show support for the Wisconsin State Senate Bill 93 authored by Senator Fred Risser.  This bill would remove the use of dogs from the Wisconsin State Wolf Hunt.  Elkhorn’s State Senator, Neal Kedzie is the Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and he has attempted to kill SB 93 by not allowing it out of committee.  Both hosting organizations have called on Senator Kedzie to allow SB 93 to go to the floor of the State Senate, where it can be debated on its own merits. 

 

When you look at the DNA of a wolf vs. the dogs used to hunt them, they are incredibly similar. The running of hounds on wolves is really nothing more than state sanctioned dog fighting, and should have no place in a civilized society.   As evidenced by the 26 hounds killed by wolves during the recent summer, while hunting in known wolf territory,  the practice of running them directly against wolves will have obvious results.

 

Wisconsin Wolf Front organizer, Adam Kassulke, cites the recent survey conducted by student volunteers from his organization as a strong show of support for SB 93.  Over ninety days during the recent summer, groups of volunteers traveled to public events in ten Wisconsin counties.  They surveyed 6,500 Wisconsin residents of those counties regarding the use of dogs to hunt wolves.  The results showed 94% of those surveyed stated they are against the use of dogs in the hunt.  Yet, as Adam Kassulke stated, “the Department of Natural Resources and the State of Wisconsin continues to allow this barbaric practice.  Wisconsin has become the new blood sport capitol of the United States.  We are the only state in America to allow this practice.”

For more information:

Elkhorn Protest In Support Of SB 93:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elkhorn-Protest-In-Support-of-SB-93/340415076103680

Wisconsin Wolf Front: https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinWolfFront

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3 Opening Day wolf hunt protest

Friends of Wisconsin Wolf is holding a statewide protest and it is your chance to tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and most of all Secretary Stepp and Governor Scott Walker that we will not stand for this wolf hunt. NO SPORT HUNT.

There are two main events planned in Wisconsin, however we encourage anyone who can’t be in either of these locations, to help organize in your community. Here in Madison, we are gathering outside the State Capitol, outdoors where we do not need a permit and also in Superior, Wisconsin from 4-6pm OCT 15th. We hope you can attend but you can take part from your home or office too! Make this Statewide! Click the link below for more information.

3 Opening Day wolf hunt protest.

Circus Canceled as Chinese Stress Animal Welfare

A Chinese circus featuring animal performances was canceled after citizens called for a boycott and tipped off authorities, in what activists billed a victory for a growing animal welfare movement.

The promotional material for the Jinan Animal Carnival Festival suggested the shows would have bears lying on their backs twirling flaming rods, tigers riding horses and a monkey riding a goat.

Chinese regulations ban animal performances, but animal rights activists estimate hundreds of shows still take place each year. They say animals are kept in poor conditions and trained under fear and stress to perform tricks. Read full story here.

Satisfying vegan dishes at Madison’s Asian restaurants – Isthmus | The Daily Page

Asian restaurants are often go-to spots for vegans because of the easy availability of tofu and the possibility of customizing ingredients. Still, vegans sometimes encounter problems there — avoiding fish sauce, for instance. But at Madison Asian restaurants, there are many more options than just tofu.

Narrowing the list to my five favorite vegan dishes wasn’t easy. I focused on locally owned Asian restaurants and favored those that clearly indicate which menu items are vegan or can be made vegan. Here are the five winners.

Vegan bibimbap
K Peppers, 1901 Cayuga St., Middleton

Bibimbap is a staple Korean dish of rice, sautéed vegetables and chili pepper paste, often topped with an egg or sliced meat. K Peppers’ vegan version (a yellow smiley face denotes vegan options) has tofu and no egg, and it is fantastic. Ours was served in a sizzling hot stone bowl, adding a bit of drama to the evening. The idea is to mix the contents at the table, blending the flavors.

Dinner also includes a cup of savory and comforting potato and onion soup, and five small side dishes for the table to share: spicy marinated eggplant, a mixture of nuts and croutons, Korean sweet potato fries, tiny corn pancakes, and vegan cucumber kimchi (the traditional version is made with fish sauce). In addition to delicious food, K Peppers has a peaceful, inviting interior, friendly service and comfortable seating.

Mango curry
Bandung, 600 Williamson St.

Bandung has several excellent vegan dishes on its menu. The mango curry (with tofu) is a real standout. Our server said customers have been known to lick the serving bowl, and I won’t say we weren’t tempted.

Large chunks of fresh mango, red and green bell pepper, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, onions and strips of tofu mingle in a creamy, sweet yet subtly spicy curry sauce flavored with coconut milk and star anise. The mango curry is served over white sticky rice. After dinner, in case you haven’t gotten your fill of mango, order the spicy mango sorbet for dessert. It’s dusted with chili powder for a bit of heat.

Vegan roll
Red Sushi, 106 King St.

My experiences with vegetarian and vegan sushi have not been good, so I was hesitant when we arrived at Red Sushi. But our server, Jimmy, knew the menu inside-out and spoke highly of the restaurant’s vegan options. All the vegetarian rolls are also vegan, except the tempura (the batter is made with egg).

The vegan roll is larger and heartier than the other veggie rolls, and features an assortment of exceptionally fresh vegetables such as marinated squash, avocado and wild carrot, nestled in a bed of rice, artfully wrapped in seaweed. The vegan roll is topped with eel sauce, which Jimmy assured me contains no actual eels. I had my vegan roll prepared with Chinese black rice, which has a slightly sweet flavor and is high in antioxidants, for $2 extra.

Sesame Noodle Kick
Dumpling Haus, 702 N. Midvale Blvd.

The Dumpling Haus is a small, bustling, order-at-the counter eatery tucked inside the Hilldale Mall on Madison’s west side. Vegetarian items are noted with pink asterisks on the large chalkboard menu. With a few quick questions, I was able to confirm that most of the vegetarian items are also vegan, including the veggie wontons and most of the noodle bowls.

Sesame Noodle Kick is my favorite of everything I tasted: a large bowl of firm soba noodles tossed with sesame seeds, fresh cilantro, scallions and red pepper flakes in a garlicky soy sauce. Consider the veggie wontons, too. They’re filled with seasoned spinach and served with soy sauce for dipping. If this isn’t Asian comfort food, I don’t know what is.

Pra lak daen dong (31C) with tofu
Bahn Thai, 944 Williamson St.

Bahn Thai has a handy vegan menu guide, which lists by number what items on the regular menu are vegan or can be made vegan. 31C with tofu is a spicy stir-fry of tender-crisp snow peas, sliced green onions, firm tofu triangles and browned peanuts. Mine was a little on the salty side but still very tasty. The vegan sauce is made with soy sauce, chili garlic paste and sesame oil. The non-vegan version adds fish sauce and oyster sauce. We were served a generous bowl of white sticky rice with our meal. Kang galie gai (26), the yellow curry with potatoes and onions, is also good and can be made vegan.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Bahn Thai has redecorated since the last time I visited. The ’80s-era pink tablecloths are gone, and the stark white walls are now painted an inviting shade of orange, accented with framed photos of scenic Thailand.

Satisfying vegan dishes at Madison’s Asian restaurants – Isthmus | The Daily Page.

Adam Kassulke: Wisconsin citizens oppose use of dogs to hunt wolves : Ct

Dear Editor: Some 6,500 residents living in 10 Wisconsin counties were recently asked, “Are you in favor of the use of trained hunting dogs to track wolves in Wisconsin during the upcoming wolf hunting season?”

By a resounding 94 percent, Wisconsin residents said “no.” Many individuals were shocked to learn that Wisconsin is the only state that allows the use of dog to hunt wolves.

I founded the Wisconsin Wolf Front, which sponsored the survey. The survey was conducted at public events each weekend during June, July and August by teams of at least three student volunteers from Wisconsin Wolf Front. Our student volunteers approached individuals at these public events, verified the individual was a resident of the county being surveyed and asked if they would take a few moments to participate in a short survey regarding a wildlife issue in Wisconsin. Surprisingly, only 2 percent declined comment.

The practice of using dogs to hunt wolves is based on poor policy. This is evidenced by the 23 hounds killed this year alone by wolves during the bear training season. Although state Sen. Fred Risser has introduced SB 93, which would ban the use of dogs to hunt wolves, the bill has been stalled in the Committee on Natural Resources since March.

It is important that we apply pressure to Sen. Neal Kedzie by asking him to move SB 93 out of committee. We must stop this archaic practice.

Adam Kassulke

Wisconsin Wolf Front

Madison

Adam Kassulke: Wisconsin citizens oppose use of dogs to hunt wolves : Ct.