When: Monday April 8, 2013 - 7PM
Where: For Milwaukee Residents - Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. LincolnAve. West Allis, WI
Outside of Milwaukee County? Find your election info here.
Additional Details: Go to the Facebook Event
From Barb Eisenberg (the delegate you should vote for):
"Please share this event with friends and like-minded groups. It has been going on for 75 years, but most people are unaware or think it belongs to hunters, trappers and anglers. This election belongs to ALL of us. I've been attending for 13 years and served as a delegate from 2005-8. I am running for a delegate position again to be a voice for the hikers, bikers, bird watchers, canoeists, campers and other non-consumptive users of our public lands. It is also important to have input from biologists outside the DNR. Last year I lost by about 6 votes, so every vote is really important. Thanks to everyone who is already planning to go!"
Some important issues are as follows:
Question # 68 Would you favor legislation to prohibit the use of dogs to hunt & training dogs to hunt wolves?
Question #70 Expanding hunting & trapping in state parks from 2 to 7 months?
Right now dogs are run to kill coyotes 24/7 year-round. All wildlife is hounded.
See the entire Spring Questionnaire here.
From Patricia Randolph, wildlife activist
Although only 5,000 avid hunters and trappers have attended, statewide, the past decade, on average, the 90 proposals they make every year ( for 80 years running) to their advantage against the rest of the public interest - are paraded before the legislature as the "public will". That charade has been enabled partially by calling the election , a " spring hearings". Non-hunters tend to come out when an ISSUE upsets them ( mourning doves, feral cats, cranes) - but it is not an issue-driven process - all the power is in electing 2 of 5 delegates every year.
Privately hunters and trappers call it " the most important election in the state". Of course it is. It is the generator of policies that govern our 7 and a half million acres of publicly purchased billions of dollars of citizen investment. It is the forum for stewarding our water, habitats, air, toxins, climate change, and the welfare of our besieged wildlife. It should be about so much more than killing more and more species in more and more ways, with more and more weapons, now prioritized on ALL our public lands.
The health of all that is real depends on a diversity of interests being represented every year.
I have not missed one election since I looked for the center of power in 1997. I was elected the first delegate ever to represent living wildlife and a wildlife loving general public in 1999 in Dane County. The first and only in then 65 years of hunter total control. I served on the Trapping Committee. If you want PTSD, serve on the trapping committee. Over a million innocent wild animals are mangled and die slowly or are bludgeoned to death in traps, snares and conibear traps, annually, raping out what is ideal habitat for a rich diversity of life.
Why should a new trapper ( they are recruiting ) be able to pay $4 and kill as many animals as he can trap - hundreds a week - for 6 months for private profit as a business off of our public lands? I cannot pay $4 and go into our public lands and take out one animal to save him or her. Why should a new deer hunter be able to pay $5 and kill several deer or fawns, and remove them dead forever from our commons, and I cannot pay $5 and save any animal, to live out a life, even if the mother is killed in the road. Even if they live on my private property. Even if they are tamed by circumstance of being orphaned.
The underlying fundamental lack of democracy lies in a state agency funded by killing licenses instead of general public funds. It is undemocratic and corrupt to the core. It is set against the rest of the public, protecting killing, not protecting intact natural systems.
Please join us at Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic - Vote Our Wildlife
( www.wiwildlifeethic.org) to grow a movement to claim a first time democracy to protect our state which is being raped out. We must organize politically to go up against the very organized NRA, Farm Bureau, Safari International and the very organized Wisconsin Wildlife Federation ( see their affiliates here: http://www.wiwf.org/affiliate-clubs.php when you scroll down).
All of the power is in attending every year to elect two candidates that represent protecting our wildlife and ecosystems. 80 years of one special interest has done a lot of damage. All of the power is in electing two delegates of five in every county. Delegates design these questions very narrowly to their advantage. When you vote against expanding trapping & hunting in state parks, you vote for 2 months of trapping and hunting, the way the question is written. It is usually do you want to kill more or more than that? It should not be all about killing. We are late into the devastation of our planet.
Madravenspeak living wildlife column every other Sunday
Capital Times online newspaper
Now, get out there and make a difference!