|Get off your ass and DO SOMETHING!
||[Apr. 11th, 2005|01:02 pm]
...but the moon still shines.
If you live in Wisconsin, get your ass out the door and get to the hearing in your county tonight and do what you can to make them vote NO! In addition to the issues listed below, there is also a proposal to kill bobcats. Have you even SEEN a bobcat in the wild? God I had this state. If you want to attend the hearing and you don't know where to go, check this link: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/nrboard/congress/sh/lo/index.htm
2005 DNR Vote and Election in all Wisconsin counties, Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
If you're part of the 88% of Wisconsin residents that doesn't hunt animals, then you probably aren't aware of the supposedly "public" state-wide elections that take place annually in every county to select delegates who set policy on nature and wildlife issues. The reason you don't know about this election is that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deliberately excludes the non-hunting majority from the process. This is an election-driven process – in other words, if citizens do not attend every year to elect delegates, they have no say in setting policy on nature and wildlife issues.
We urge you to make your voice heard. In addition, non-hunting delegates are needed to speak for the animals. If you want to be a delegate, a friend can nominate you on the floor the evening of the election. Being a delegate involves meeting three times a year, learning a lot about the issues, and being a spokesperson for wildlife. This delegate status holds tremendous power.
As it has been for 70 years, all of the 360 current delegates (five from each county) are from the rod and gun clubs. Their entire agenda focuses on expanding the killing of wildlife. By keeping people with opposing viewpoints out of its ranks, this unanimous body - erroneously named the Conservation Congress - has been able to gain unprecedented privileges for hunters and successfully promote the spread of hunting and trapping in Wisconsin. The DNR is a killing brokerage, financed by hunting and trapping licenses (and public funds), and the Congress represents its hunting lobby clientele. It is a crime against the citizens of Wisconsin that the DNR and Congress have deprived non-hunting citizens of their citizen right and civic duty to vote on issues pertaining to the public domain - namely, nature and wildlife. Issues up for vote this year include:
Feral cats (those without collars), considered a non-protected species, are being targeted for year-round hunting statewide.
There is a proposal to expand hounding and killing of bears throughout the entire northern half of the state. Between two and three thousand black bears are killed annually for trophy, two-thirds of them yearlings. Packs of radio-collared dogs and hunters pursue them four of the six months that they are out of hibernation. Often separated from dependent cubs, adult bears (42 inches tall or taller) are shot while trapped in trees and drop to the dogs below, frequently dying in the midst of their jaws. Black bear cubs are also raised in confinement to train hunting hounds, and then sent to slaughterhouses in Illinois, to be parted out for the gallbladder trade, when they get big enough to defend themselves.
There is a proposal up for vote to lower the initial hunting age from 12 to 10 (4th grade), drop the first year of safety education to encourage enrollment, and allow children age 0+ to possess and discharge a gun if accompanied by any adult.
The DNR's focus is to provide targets for those who pay for hunting licenses and to open public lands to hunters, and access more private land, by incentive or punishment. Therefore, the DNR privately calls wildlife refuges, "waterfowl production units," trapping out natural predators so that ground-nesting birds can over-breed, providing targets for Ducks Unlimited. Publicly the DNR refers to these units as wildlife refuges. "Game animals" like deer are also deliberately over-proliferated, destroying biodiversity. The harm is not only in the excessive violence promoted against wild life, but also the omission of any focus on restoring non-game species, and the absence of a holistic approach to protecting the web of life. Natural predators are the guardians of diversity, but hunters see them only as competition. Non-hunters are disregarded and vilified as well. Intensive hunting and trapping are already legal in two-thirds of Wisconsin's wildlife refuges.
People who care about the fate of animals and want to preserve Wisconsin's natural heritage from devastation, or who just want to walk in the woods without fearing for their own safety, can start to correct this imbalance of power NOW. Every year, two of the five delegates representing each county must run for re-election. We urge you to vote in these elections for candidates who are committed to protecting nature and wildlife, EVERY YEAR, the second Monday in April, and inform your friends of their right to participate and contribute. To find out more about the issues and who to vote for – or to run as a delegate in your county – write firstname.lastname@example.org, visit http://dontshootthecat.com, or call (608) 981-2287. To find the voting location in your county, visit www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/nrboard/congress/sh/lo/index.htm.