Lead the pack to help stop wolf hunting with dogs in Wisconsin

Since losing their endangered species status in 2011, wolves now fight for survivalDespite nationwide uproar and the blight it places upon his state, Wisconsin judge Peter Anderson recently issued a final ruling that will allow hunters to legally use dogs to hunt wolves during wolf breeding, denning and birthing season—effectively making Wisconsin the only state in the nation with this brutal act.

At the same time, it sets terrible precedent about Department of Natural Resources (DNR) authority—the ruling also found the state agency has no obligation to impose any restrictions on the use of hunting dogs during hunts.

We need to speak out against this unfettered cruelty.

In essence, this ruling—which, by the way, stems from a lawsuit that was filed in August by animal advocacy groups against DNR and the Natural Resources Board in opposition to this practice— sanctions a brutal “bloodsport” where animals fight to their deaths.

Doesn’t this undermine Wisconsin’s anti-cruelty and animal fighting laws?

From now until 4pm on Friday (2/22), you can take action to help keep this brutal act from going forward by telling the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that you do not support “agenda item 2.B.1”.

Since Congress stripped wolves of Endangered Species status in 2011, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, New Mexico and Idaho have declared open season on wolves. And now Wisconsin.

We need to help wolves as they fight for survival, especially when they are most vulnerable.

There is no evidence that there is a safe, “humane” way to undertake training of dogs to hunt wolves.

And there is certainly no evidence that dogs are essential to success, as claimed by the pro-hunting wolf crowd.

For crying out loud, without using dogs, the state’s wolf hunt ended a month ahead after 117 wolves were killed when it was scheduled to end at the end of February.

Please email your comments in opposition to “Agenda item 2.B.1” to Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov  today, and I will do the same.


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