Advocates for wolves and other animals often hear “I had no idea” from people when they find out about how many wolves are slaughtered in certain states or how it is even possible that killing contests could be legal. Many find it shocking and so hard to believe.
An example is in the state of Wisconsin, killing contests are perfectly legal. It is a form of “recreation,” turning killing into a scoring “sport,” is completely legal in Wisconsin and actively encouraged. This is occurring all over the state. The contests usually include who can kill the most and largest of raccoons and coyotes. To consider this “recreation” in this day and age is shameful, but it is perfectly legal. Some ask “how can this be legal?” It is legal because of apathy, or willful ignorance. These “contests” fly right in the face of the garbage the DNR and their puppet masters spread about “conservation” and “heritage.” Any sane human being will never understand how killing can be considered “conservation.” But our society buys into this fallacy and assumes that agencies such as the DNR actually care about our wildlife and wildlands. For the most part, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Many are also apathetic or ignorant about is trapping. There are a little over 8,000 trappers in Wisconsin. Of these 5,000 “reported” that they killed almost 600,000 animals in 2011 alone. 600,000!!!!! And those are just the ones that they “reported.” Trappers are the first to claim that they are “ethical” and “respect” the animals that they trap.
This is extremely disturbing and a huge problem and it’s not only Wisconsin. It is the willful ignorance or apathy of our fellow citizens that allow this to occur. It is imperative we take action on an ongoing basis to be a loud and powerful voice for the many voiceless animals whose lives are at stake and need us to ask our lawmakers to stop all this senseless slaughter. Call and email your Representatives and Senators and let them know the majority of America finds killing wolves and killing contests totally unacceptable. Tell them we must keep our wolves listed and keep the endangered species act intact and to protect our wildlands/public lands. If not, they will not have your votes and that you have many ways of sharing what they do with the rest of the world. Social media is very powerful and they know it. Let them know they could lose millions of tourists dollars depending on their decisions. And last but not least remember that Protect the Wolves™ is fighting for our wolves and needs each and every one of us to contribute so we can take these wolf-killing states to court! All of this is critical and it’s something we can share with entire country as well as the rest of the world!
Please read this entire article that begins with accounts of a sadist and how and why some may say “I hade no idea”