Hunt sanctions dogfights
By: Karen Wells, Lake Geneva, Wis., Superior Telegram
I am hoping to get the word out about something very disturbing happening in our state. With the wolf hunt under, Wisconsin will allow dogfighting —illegal in all 50 states. The barbarism is taking place on public lands.
Despite public outcry, hunters will be allowed to use packs of dogs to hunt wolves. This barbaric practice is known as hounding. It is a shameful, brutal blood sport that should be outlawed.
Dogs are trained to relentlessly pursue small animals such as raccoons and coyotes, and upon catching them, the dogs literally tear the animals to pieces while still alive.
When a pack of dogs pursue a wolf, it will be an entirely different scenario. A wolf will turn and fight, and kill if necessary to protect its territory. And there you have it, a state sanctioned bloody dogfight right here on public lands.
Apparently, at one point Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, had an epiphany because he authorized Senate Bill 93. That bill states “dogs will not be used to hunt wolves.” The bill now lies buried in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, committee chairman is refusing to let SB93 go to the floor for a full vote. He appears to have let the hunting factions convince him that illegal dogfighting is acceptable.
Lake Geneva, Wis.