Everything You Need for Tonight’s Conservation Congress

Tonight is your chance to cast a vote for Wisconsin’s wildlife.


Image credit to Melissa Smith

From HSUS:

Care about Wisconsin wildlife? Then mark your calendars for Monday, April 13, 2015 and plan to attend the annual Conservation Congress spring hearings. The Congress offers an unparalleled chance to inform DNR and NRB decision-making, and in recent years it’s been dramatically over-represented by hunters, trappers, and other “consumptive” groups. Wildlife advocates, we need you at the table! Every county is allotted two delegates to the Congress, so please consider running for a seat. The time commitment is modest, considering what’s at stake. If you aren’t interested in running, please still plan on attending your local spring hearing next April – in just one evening, you’ll have the chance to vote on a wide range of issues affecting Wisconsin wildlife.

Click here to see the 72 locations across Wisconsin.


Image created by Melissa Smith

Click here to read the issues you’ll be voting on.

Wildlife Ethic 2015 Poster Sand Hill Crane and Chick 8 X 11 format final

Image credit to Patricia Randolph

Click here for a voting cheat sheet from delegate Melissa Smith and here for a voting cheat sheet from Madravenspeak’s Patricia Randolph, or download below.


Wildlife Ethic Most Humane Answers 2015 DNR QUESTIONNAIRE FINAL

See you tonight, friends.

PETA Prime: Madison: Fresh, Local Vegan Food by the Lakes

Vegan meals, sweets, beer, and wine—Madison may be the capital of the dairy state, but it makes a super getaway for vegans. Just hold the cheese.

Nestled on an isthmus between two beautiful lakes, this Wisconsin city raises the bar for music in all kinds of genres as well as for urban and rural activities and cuisine that uses fresh, seasonal, and regional ingredients. I even saw a big red billboard in town announcing Madison Vegan’s new online restaurant guide.

The billboard was posted by Alliance for Animals and the Environment, which also organizes a weekly dining e-newsletter, citywide vegan chili cook-offs, and the Mad City Vegan Fest,  at which thousands of vegans and supporters party each June. read full article here:

Prime: Madison: Fresh, Local Vegan Food by the Lakes.

Group wants Ride the Drive-like day for horseback riders

Madison Mounted, a nonprofit organization that supports the Madison Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit, proposes a new event that would take a group of 100 to 200 horseback riders and let them have free rein of a closed-off section of outbound John Nolen Drive for about 90 minutes.

Ride the Drive is about bicycles! Its purpose is to promote locals to ride their bikes to work rather than getting in the car.

Let’s not force horses to walk down John Nolen Drive. It not only puts a lot of stress on the horses, but bringing together horses and traffic is asking for trouble.

Kathy McGee, president of Madison’s Mounted board said, “I’m not aware of any other cities that are doing urban rides like this.”

That’s because it is stupid.

Read the whole story here:

via Group wants Ride the Drive-like day for horseback riders.

City commission OKs authority to kill deer

Lynn Pauly, co-director of the Alliance for Animals, said the issue echoes the conversations the city had during the summer about geese populations in Madison parks.

“They say that 10 years ago there were none, five years ago there were more and now we have a crisis. Why do we wait until it’s a crisis? … I’m starting to feel that the Parks Commission focuses on killing,” she said.

Read entire article here:

City commission OKs authority to kill deer.

Primate Freedom: The Henry Vilas Zoo



Read about AFA’s co-director Rick Bogle’s thoughts about a recent visit to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison.

About a month ago the Alliance was contacted by a student from the UW-Madison. She explained that she was a little involved with the student animal rights club, she was in the media arts program, and as a class project she was making a documentary about the local zoo. She asked for someone to walk through the zoo and give her their impressions of how the animals were being kept. I volunteered.

Read entire report here:

Primate Freedom: The Henry Vilas Zoo.

World Go Vegan Week – WKOW 27

World Go Vegan Week is October 24 – 31, and the Alliance for Animals is celebrating with a city-wide vegan scavenger hunt! Alliance for Animals’ Vegan Outreach Coordinator visited with WKOW’s Elishah Oesch to talk about World Go Vegan Week!

Several Madison businesses are offering a special for World Go Vegan Week. Businesses include Bunky’s Cafe, Glass Nickel Pizza, Ian’s Pizza, and a Room of One’s Own.

You can learn more about the events and food options available and totally Vegan at the Alliance for Animals website, http://www.allanimals.org.

World Go Vegan Week – WKOW 27: Madison, WI


Table Talk: A Weary winner at the Vegan Chili Cook-Off, by Lindsay Christians


Six Sample Chilis from Alliance for Animals Vegan Chili Cook-Off

The Weary Traveler’s hearty “Ramblin’ Vegan Chili,” a near east side standard, won gold at last weekend’s Vegan Chili Cook-Off at the Goodman Community Center.

I was one of three lucky judges at the event, which featured six local chilis and 160+ hungry guests (more than double last year’s event). The judges tasted blind, but I was able to guess three out of the six based on tell-tale ingredients.

Read the whole story here!