Target: David Zucker, director of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Goal: Prohibit the use of dogs in wolf hunts
Wisconsin senator Fred Risser plans on introducing a bill that would ban the use of dogs in wolf hunts before the practice even begins. However, the bill is not expected to pass, and the 2013-2014 wolf hunting season will be virtually unregulated when it comes to the use of dogs. This practice will lead to bloody fatalities among both dogs and wolves, and is one of the most inhumane sports still legal in the U.S. today.
Wisconsin is the only state that allows hunters to set packs of dogs loose to hunt wolves, and humane societies from all over the country are denouncing the practice. Senator Risser described it as nothing more than “state sanctioned dog fighting.” Wolves and dogs are equally likely to be brutally maimed or slaughtered, especially if a pack corners an individual. There is a limit on the number of wolves hunters can kill each year, but by including dogs in the hunt, those numbers may be harder to control. The number of dogs killed is also impossible to estimate, but will probably be high.
The practice is also grossly under-regulated, with hardly any restrictions existing. The 2013-2014 season will be the first in which dogs are used, and so far there are few rules limiting the practice. Hunters can only use dogs during a specific hunting season, and only during daylight hours. Other rules are being considered, but nothing will be put in place for the 2013-2014 season, making it a virtual free-for-all. Denounce this inhumane practice, and help ensure the safety of both wolves and dogs in the state of Wisconsin.
Dear David Zucker,
The recently legalized practice of using dogs in wolf hunts is inhumane and barbaric. There is a reason Wisconsin is the only state in which it is legal, and that reason is the intense brutality the practice entails. It puts not only the recently endangered wolves at risk, but also the domestic dogs used in the hunts. It is a practice concerned only with death, and will lead to the deaths of both wolves and dogs.
However, if Wisconsin is willing to allow such a practice to be conducted in its borders, it must regulate it. The few restrictions on dogs involved in wolf hunts do not go far enough to protect the animals, and must be added to. There need to be greater restrictions on the number of dogs a hunter can use in a given year, and the manner in which they are trained.
Regulations are necessary for as long as the practice is in place. However, passing Senator Fred Risser’s proposed bill banning the practice would be even more commendable. It is a barbaric practice, and one that deserves to be banned nation-wide. It is only right than this cruel practice is stopped, and the animals involved allowed to live their lives in safety.
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