LETTER: Bad ideas win when people don’t voteTo the Telegram: I knew I would lose when I saw men with National Rifle Association hats and “Bear Hunter Association” sweatshirts walk in.
To the Telegram:
I knew I would lose when I saw men with National Rifle Association hats and “Bear Hunter Association” sweatshirts walk in.
April 8 was the annual Wisconsin Conservation Congress election and proposal vote. Only 36 people attended, 26 from the good ole boys club, four of us, a few women, and a couple or two. The vote went 26 to 10; I lost.
Hunters have an unfair advantage in WCC elections since they receive notices as to when and where to vote.
Let’s look at it this way, only 10 percent of Wisconsin’s population hunts and only a fraction of 1 percent traps. Why? Because it is a dying breed of people. Most of us have evolved past animal abuse. A small fraction of people think animals exist for them to kill.
I am not a hunter. I can tolerate sustainable hunting, but that is the key word, “sustainable.’ I am against trapping; it is barbaric, unnecessary, and cruel.
The WCC works with the Department of Natural Resources, which is being turned into a hunting club. UW researchers and educators are being replaced by members of the Bear Hunter Association and Hunters Rights Coalition on DNR committees. It is not science-backed.
The DNR’s mission statement is to protect and enhance our natural resources our air, land and water; our wildlife, fish and forests and the ecosystems that sustain all life; and to work with people to understand each other’s views and to carry out the public will.
This is not what is happening. They are destroying our natural resources and they are not carrying out the will of the people.
The majority of people are against the dog on wolf hunt, yet they are still moving forward with hounding. The majority do not want wolves hunted at all.
I can ask anyone if it is OK to leave an animal in a trap for up to four days without checking the trap? Or, if you want hunting and trapping in our state parks to go from two months a year to seven months? Or if you think it is OK to trap within 100 yards of a picnic table in a state park? They say no — but guess what — the measures passed.
Many more horrible decisions likewise passed.
This can change but not without your action. It is at the grassroots-level that we begin to make change. You just have to show up.
This is an ongoing fight and I will not give up.