Immoral bribes | One Shared Planet

Dear County Executive Parisi and members of the Dane County Parks Commission,

I understand that Dane County can receive $162,000 from the DNR Stewardship Fund to offset half the costs of the purchase of 25 acres next to McCarthy County Park, but only if trapping is allowed on the land.

Please withdraw the application for the funds and do not allow trapping on the land.

Imagine that the state had money available for economic development but, to receive the money, the recipients had to agree to discriminate against minorities. Would the proponents of economic development tout the number of jobs that would be created? Would they say that the trade was fair because the benefits (to certain people) outweighed the costs (to certain others)?

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Immoral bribes | One Shared Planet.

Speak Out Against Trapping in Dane County Parks

Speak Out Against Trapping in Dane County Parks

Wednesday, February 8
5:15 pm
Room 357
City County Building
201 Martin Luther King Blvd
Madison, WI

The County Parks Department has written a “Limited Access Trapping Permit” and will ask the County Parks Commission to approve this first-ever county-approved recreational trapping plan.

See the permit application here.

The adoption of this plan will set a terrible precedent, potentially opening many Dane County parks to trapping, and guaranteeing that the County will continue to apply for DNR-administered Stewardship grants for land acquisition even though they will be required to provide recreational trapping opportunities.

Take action:

1. Attend the meeting. Tell the Commissioners that opening Dane County Parks to trapping isn’t worth $162,000.

2. If you can’t attend, please email the Commissioners here: or call them and voice your opposition to recreational trapping in Dane County Parks.

Background: In 2011, Dane County purchased 25 acres adjacent to McCarthy County Park for $325,000. The County owns the new parcel. The park is 245 acres, including the new 25-acre parcel.

The County applied for a state DNR-administered Stewardship grant to offset the cost and has been tentatively awarded half the purchase price, $162,000.

In order to receive the Stewardship grant, the County is required by the DNR to provide recreational trapping opportunities on the new 25-acre parcel. Except in very special rare circumstances, all lands bought with Stewardship grants are required to be open to trapping.

Traps are indiscriminate. They can catch and kill any animal who steps on one or sticks their nose in one. They are very cruel; they can leave an animal with broken bones, lacerations, and in pain and fear until the trapper eventually checks the trap and kills them.

Trapping is a pastime of the tiniest minority; opening Dane County Parks to trapping appeases the most extreme fringe of so-called outdoorsmen; trapping is inhumane, has no redeeming value, and should not be allowed to become an accepted and promoted use of our public lands.

UPDATE: Decision on Elephants Postponed

Channel 15 news in Madison spoke with circus promoter Bob Sands. Watch full video here:

“We will have a Shrine Circus and it will be in Dane County whether we have to put a tent out at the Shrine Center or find somewhere else to put it,” said Bob Sands, the promotional director for Zor Shrine, shortly before the committee meeting Tuesday evening. “This proposal says on county owned facilities. We will have a Shrine Circus and we will have elephants.”

via UPDATE: Decision on Elephants Postponed.

County proposal would ban elephant performances

The Dane County Board’s public works and transportation committee will consider a ban on performing elephants at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mendota Room 1 of Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way.

It is important for you to attend tonight’s meeting and sign “in favor” of the ban to put an end to this cruel and archaic form of “entertainment.”

Eight-thousand-pound elephants balancing on tiny balls or circling trunk-to-tail under the big top could become a thing of the past in Madison.

A proposal to ban performing elephants at the Alliant Energy Center — on the grounds the practice is cruel and archaic — is set for a Dane County Board committee vote Tuesday night.

If approved by the full board in January, the measure could mean the end of the long-running Zor Shrine Circus, which has included elephant performances every February at the Dane County Coliseum.

County Board Chairman Scott McDonell noted the county has a multi-year contract with the Zor Shriners.

Alliant Energy Center Executive Director Bill DiCarlo said Monday he didn’t know how the county would get out of those obligations, which run through 2020, if the measure were approved. Circus operators and the Zor Shriners didn’t return repeated calls for comment. Read entire article here:

via County proposal would ban elephant performances.