We are a Wisconsin organization encouraging a humane attitude towards all living creatures through direct action and education. One of our major accomplishments was the transfer of two elephants from the Milwaukee County Zoo to a sanctuary in California. The Wisconsin Animal Protection Society (WISAPS) opposes animal exploitation in any form. WISAPS was incorporated in 1990 as a non-stock corporation under Wisconsin law.
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Deer Removal at Boerner Botanical Gardens
We learned that deer are being "removed" from the Boerner Botanical Gardens through the use of sharpshooters. The sharpshooters have a permit, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Information has been requested from the DNR and Milwaukee County as to the number of deer shot and whether alternatives to shooting were explored. (2-8-20).
DON'T SHOOT THE DEER!
We obtained signatures on petitions requesting that the County and City of Milwaukee stop shooting deer in Whitnall Park, the Boerner Botanical Gardens and in Potter's Forest. We are asking them to use other methods, such as live CWD testing and relocating, if the number of deer in these locations must be reduced. Another alternative to killing the deer would be fertilization control. (9-7-21).
A letter was written and emailed (9-14-21) to the Milwaukee County Executive and to the Mayor of Milwaukee,
with copies of the petitions.
According to the DNR, in 2020, 2 deer were "harvested" and in 2021, 6 deer have been harvested thus far, via nuisance deer permits, at the Boerner Botanical Gardens and Whitnall Park locations. A "nuisance deer permit" has been reissued for these locations, in 2021. In that permit up to 40 deer are authorized to be harvested. (3-6-21). Milwaukee County Parks has harvested 12 deer as of 3-31-21: 9 bucks and 3 does, of which 8 were adults and 4 were fawns. This information was obtained from the Wisconsin DNR. (6-18-21).
We made another open records request with the DNR, requesting records of the number of deer living in Whitnall Park and in the Boerner Botanical Gardens, currently, as well as the maximum number of deer desired to inhabit these areas. The DNR has responded, informing us that: "The DNR does not generate deer population estimates for areas smaller than deer management units (DMUs) and in Milwaukee's case, the DMU is a county wide unit. Therefore, we do not have any sort of deer population estimates that are specific for these properties." The DNR referred us to websites to obtain population estimates for the Milwaukee DMU, as a county. Nor does the DNR have a desired population number.
The response to our Milwaukee County open records request stated, in part, that Whitnall Park's deer population goal should be a maximum of 9 deer. (9-19-21).
In October, Mark Silverman spoke to a Wehr Nature Center Interpretive Naturalist who is also a Park Naturalist with Milwaukee County, about alternatives to killing the deer as a population control technique. (10-29-21). He had corresponded with the Naturalist about this issue, previously, in 2020. (11-20-21).
Please contact us if you have information regarding the testing of live deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Transferring deer to other locations would be better than killing them.
Take action on behalf of wolves. The Center for Biological Diversity has invited the public to use their new website: saveourwolves.org. The site includes three action prompts: (1) Help reverse the de-listing of wolves from federal protection; (2) Stop the slaughter of wolves in Idaho and (3) Protect Rocky Mountain Wolves.
Shark research. WISAPS president, Mark Silverman, made an Open Records request for information pertaining to research being conducted on nurse sharks at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. on 12-20-21: Dear Custodian: I am making a request for the following records, pursuant to Wis. Stat. Sec. 19.35, as well as pursuant to the United States Freedom of Information Act: 1. A description of research currently being conducted on sharks at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 2. Any completed Animal Care and Use Protocol related to the above-mentioned shark research. (1-3-22).
Bears. Mark Silverman provided public comments at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Bear Advisory Committee Meeting, held virtually, on 12-1-21. Mark informed the committee that the Wisconsin Animal Protection Society respects non-human animals, pointing out that there are 5.9 million people living in Wisconsin and approximately 24,000 black bears. He asked the committee to set its bear "harvest" quota as low as possible, and advised the committee that WISAPS wishes it could be zero.
Migratory birds. Mark Silverman submitted written comments and testified (virtually) at the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board public hearing (9-29-21) relating to Wisconsin regulations regarding the migratory bird hunting season. The comments were that we would like the "bag limits" to be as low as possible and the hunting seasons to be as short as possible because we do not believe in the killing of animals. We wish there would be no hunting or trapping.
The following websites have platforms which enable the public to take action, for example, by joining a petition. Feel free to use them.
Using the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website we asked Senator Tammy Baldwin to ensure that the next National Institutes of Health (NIH) director will prioritize cruelty-free research, to replace animal experiments with human-specific nonanimal studies and to prioritize their continued development. The PCRM website notes that the NIH director sets the direction of medical research and the prioritization of funds from the agency's $46 billion budget. Currently, about half of the NIH budget is spent on animal experiments resulting in an estimated 100 million animals used each year in research. It's bad science, says PCRM, that leaves animals suffering and patients waiting for scientific breakthroughs. PCRM explains that Senator Baldwin is on the committee that will vote on whether or not to advance the president's nominee for the next director of the NIH. (1-14-22).
Using the Center for Biological Diversity website we urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop allowing ultra dangerous pesticides, like atrazine, to kill endangered wildlife. (1-3-22).
Using the Friends of Earth website we told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to ban brutal wolf hunting practices, to enact the necessary restrictions. (1-3-22)
Using the Earthjustice website, we urged the EPA (EPA Administrator Regan) to ban bee-killing glyphosate. Glyphosate is an herbicide found in common pesticides like Bayer-Monsanto's Roundup. Earthjustice: "Research shows that 93% of endangered species are at risk of being harmed or killed by glyphosate. The EPA's draft biological evaluation found that glyphosate is a threat to over 2,400 species and habitats." Also, studies show that glyphosate -- widely used along the migration route for Monarch butterflies -- is wiping out milkweed, the only food young Monarchs eat. (See, Earthjustice website). (12-16-21).
Using the Defenders of Wildlife website, our president, Mark Silverman, urged state Representative Gwen Moore to co-sponsor H. Res. 69, if she hasn't already done so, to establish a National Biodiversity Strategy to tackle species extinction. (12-12-21).
Using the Friends of Earth website, Mark Silverman urged the U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to place a ban on inhumane hunting practices. (12-8-21).
Using the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website, Mark Silverman urged Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to stop using animals for training surgery residents. (12-3-21).
Using the Farm Sanctuary website, Mark Silverman asked USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to take immediate action to protect chickens, turkeys, ducks and other farm birds from abuse in U.S. slaughterhouses. The message noted that the USDA exempts these and other animals classified as poultry from minimal protections under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and failed to promulgate humane handling regulations under the Poultry Products Inspection Act. More than half a million chickens are boiled alive in U.S. slaughterhouses every year. Farm birds are 9.6 billion of the 9.8 billion land animals slaughtered annually in the United States. (See, Farm Sanctuary website). (11-26-21).
Using the Friends of Earth website, we urged Home Depot and Lowe's to discontinue selling Roundup, which contains Glysophate, which wipes out milkweed - the only food source for Monarch caterpillars. (9-11-21).
Our president, Mark Silverman, electronically signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as president of WISAPS and as a member of the ALDF, demanding that the USDA fulfill its legal obligation to fully inspect research facilities and protect animals under the Animal Welfare Act. USDA policy directs inspectors to conduct only partial inspections of some research facilities These partial inspections may disregard animal husbandry, record keeping or facility management, which impacts the animals' well-being. (8-21-21).
Using the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website, we urged top officials at Wake Forest School of Medicine to end the use of animals to train surgeons. The school is scheduled to use and kill pigs for a training lab August 30th. (8-20-21).
Using the Friends of the Earth website, we urged Kroger to phase out bee-toxic pesticides in its food and beverage supply chains, to stop prioritizing neonicotinoids and chlorpyrifos, while supporting its suppliers to transition to safer alternatives, increasing offerings of organic products, and publicly reporting on progress. (8-20-21).
Using the Alaska Wilderness League website, we asked President Biden to do all that he can to prevent drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (8-19-21).
Using the Friends of the Earth Website, we asked Congress to stop subsidizing fossil fuel. (8-18-21).
Using the Friends of the Earth website, we asked the EPA to phase out lead in aviation fuel. (8-17-21).
Using the Friends of the Earth website, we urged Congress to support the MONARCH Act of 2021. (The Monarch Action, Recovery and Conservation of Habitat Act). The bill establishes a fund of up to $12,500,000 for each fiscal year from 2021 through 2025, to provide grants for projects that fund western monarch conservation and recovery actions. (8-15-21).
Using the Defenders of Wildlife website, we urged Representative Gwen Moore to cosponsor the Migratory Bird Protection Act, HR 4833. (8-12-21).
Using the Center for Biological Diversity website, Mark Silverman, as president of WISAPS, contacted Keith Warnke, Division Director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), stating that he is saddened that the DNR has proposed allowing hunters and trappers to kill 130 more wolves this Fall. He asked that the DNR not authorize "another disastrous wolf hunt this year." The language of the website message to Mr. Warnke stated, further, that "...hunters and trappers exceeded the quota for the Winter hunt. The risks to Wisconsin's wolf population show that a quota of 130 wolves is unacceptably high. The department can't enforce any quota unless it fixes the problems that led to the quotas being exceeded. And it should not be authorizing another hunt when the new wolf-management plan won't be finalized until 2022. Development of a new plan is necessary to ensue that wolf-management decisions are informed by the best science." (8-9-21).
Using the Friends of the Earth website we joined their petition demanding that the Department of the Interior protect the Endangered Species Act. (8-5-21).
Using the website of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we asked the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to restore Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf. (8-2-21).
Using the Friends of the Earth website we joined their petition demanding that the Department of the Interior protect the Endangered Species Act. (8-5-21).
Using the Center for Biological Diversity website we urged Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to meet with tribes and restore protections for gray wolves. (7-22-21).
Joined Sierra Club's petition to Governor Evers and the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to protect Wisconsin wolves from trophy hunting. (7-21-21).
Joined ASPCA's petition to the Biden administration requesting action to stop puppy mills (licinsed breeding facilities). ASPCA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for overseeing these facilities (7-21-21).
Joined the petition of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) to the president of Wayne State University, in Detroit, asking for an end to dog experiments on heart failure and hypertension. PCRM: Dogs are subjected to multiple surgeries and have devices implanted. 25% of the dogs die at the surgery stage. Survivors run on tread mills while heart failure is induced. Every dog dies within a few months. (See PCRM website). (7-20-21).
Used the website of Earthjustice to thank the Biden administration and to urge quick action to follow through on the announcement to restore and expand protections of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. (7-19-21).
Joined Defenders of Wildlife's petition to the Biden administration asking that the gay wolf be re-listed under the Endangered Species Act. (7-18-21).
Joined the Sierra Club's petition to President Joe Biden and Jamie Pinkham, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, urging them to stop construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline, noting that the pipeline would affect animals as well as as people. (7-16-21).
Using the PCRM website we asked the university of Cincinnati to stop using animals in its general surgery program. (7-8-21).
Using the Greenpeace website we urged various members of Congress to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. (7-7-21).
Using the Sierra Club's website we urged Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to protect gray wolves, noting the recent wolf hunt in Wisconsin, during breeding season, and the use of dogs - killing 218 wolves in three days. (7-5-21).
We made an Open Records request to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for the deer count in Whitnall Park and in the Boerner Botanical Gardens, as well as the maximum number of deer desired to inhabit these areas. (6-22-21). (A follow-up email was sent 7-26-21).
Dane County Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction To Block Wolf Hunt In Wisconsin This Year.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that two weeks before it was scheduled to begin, Judge Jacob Frost issued a preliminary injunction that effectively blocks the Fall 2021 Wisconsin Wolf hunting and trapping season. The judge said, on Friday, October 22nd, that the Department of Natural Resources failed for nine years to implement permanent rules for the state's wolf season and therefore violated state law. Plaintiffs in the case are: Animal Wellness Action, the Center for a Humane Economy, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife, Project Coyote and state resident, Patrick Clark.
Ojibwe tribes in Wisconsin, which have a wolf lawsuit against the DNR and the Natural Resources Board pending in federal district court, applauded the Dane County decision. A hearing on a motion for a preliminary injunction by the tribes is scheduled for October 29th. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 23, 2021). (10-23-21).
We submitted written comments and testified at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wolf Harvest Advisory Committee meeting, April 8, 2021. Mark Silverman (WISAPS president) stated that wolves should not be hunted for sport and pointed out alternatives to killing them in order to protect cattle. Many others from the public commented that wolves should not be killed and voiced their opposition to an additional wolf hunt in the Fall of this year. This committee will meet again in May. (4-9-21).
The Natural Resources Board (NRB) Decided Against Wolf Hunt this Winter but a Court Ordered a Hunt to be Held
The NRB voted 4-3 against a wolf hunting season January and February. The NRB sets policy for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (Milwaukee Journal 1-23-21). We submitted a written letter to the Wis. DNR website, on 1-20-21, opposing the hunting of wolves. Also, Mark Silverman provided public testimony before the NRB, on Friday, January 22nd, in opposition to hunting the wolf.
Many others testified at the public meeting, held on Zoom, including representatives of various tribes.
However, a lawsuit was filed by the Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty on behalf of Hunter Nation, a Kansas-based hunting advocacy group. A Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge ordered the DNR to implement a Winter wolf season. Never before had the state held a hunting and trapping season during the wolves' breeding season. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2-28-21).
The rate of wolf kills was unprecedented. 86% of the wolves were killed by hunters with dogs, 9% were killed by hunters using other means such as calling or bait, and 5% were claimed by trappers. 216 wolves had been killed, 82% over the state-licensed quota. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2-28-21).
Some say that results from the rushed season will bolster efforts to place the wolf back under the protections of the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed by several environmental and animal protection groups in January in California against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2-28-21).
Gray Wolf Under State Management Again
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the gray wolf has been removed from the federal Endangered Species List, allowing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies to assume management of the species. The delisting decision, announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, became effective January 4, 2021. The state most recently held management authority over wolves from 2012-2014, when it held three hunting and trapping seasons and killed 528 wolves. A federal judge returned wolves to the Endangered Species List in December of 2014. Wisconsin law requires a wolf hunting and trapping season to be held, the Journal Sentinel continues, when the species is not under protections of the Endangered Species Act. The DNR plans to begin the next wolf season November 6, 2021. The delisting was opposed by American Indian tribes and many environmental and animal protection organizations.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel USA Today Network - Wisconsin. 1-10-21).
Milwaukee County Grounds
We responded to a request that the Milwaukee County Supervisors be contacted with regard to a proposed developer's agreement. We emailed the Supervisors, urging them to vote "no" on the proposed developer's agreement that would replace the current (2011) UWM REF Innovation Campus agreement for the Northeast Quadrant of the County Grounds. We had been informed that the current agreement includes habitat protections. The matter was referred to Corporation Counsel. (11/24/20)
Fatal Experiments on Dogs
(Freedom of Information Act request made 2-23-19).
We received a response from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Chief Research and Development Officer, Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD, informing us that the "research work with dogs at the Milwaukee VA has concluded." The letter continued: "However, VA will continue to do research with dogs only if the research is important to the health of Veterans and there is no alternative to using dogs."
WISAPS made the open records request in response to the news, below, reported by USA Today.
(May 11, 2019).
Fatal experiments on dogs are moving ahead at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is pushing forward with invasive and ultimately fatal experiments on dogs as part of the VA's medical research program. (USA Today Nov. 2-4, 2018).
In Milwaukee the experiments called for researchers to remove sections of dogs' brains to test neurons that control breathing before the animals are killed by lethal injection, records show, according to USA Today. A group called the Paralyzed Veterans of America no longer opposes efforts to end VA fatal medical research on dogs, USA Today reports. The VA's position is unchanged under its new Secretary, Robert Wilkie.
(USA Today, Nov. 2-4, 2018).
WISAPS obtained signatures from Wisconsin residents in a Petition to be sent to Secretary Robert Wilkie, requesting that the VA discontinue the fatal dog research conducted in Milwaukee. "It is animal cruelty," the Petition states. 12/2/18
REPORT ANIMAL CRUELTY OR MISUSE
City of Milwaukee. Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS). According to the DNS website: "A number of animals are regulated and licensed in the City of Milwaukee. Depending on the type of animal and the number of them, various regulations will need to be followed. " For example, up to 4 chickens are allowed, with a permit. Slaughtering of chickens is NOT allowed. There must be at least 16 square feet per chicken, including any coop and yard space. Roosters are NOT allowed. The DNS phone number to call to report a potential violation is: 414-286-2268.
The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) recommends contacting your local police department if you suspect cruelty or neglect of animals. Call the local police NON-EMERGENCY number. According to its website, MADACC does not investigate mistreatment cases. However, they provide assistance to local law enforcement and will pick up and care for animals that are seized for violations of local and state statutes.
Gray Wolf Update (12-5-20).
WISAPS had asked supporters (02/24/18) to ask their Congresspersons to oppose bills which call for the de-listing of the gray wolf from protected status under the Endangered Species Act.
In October, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced that the next wolf hunting and trapping season will begin next year, November 6, 2021. However, in January of 2021, lethal control of wolves near farms and other "depredation sites" will be allowed. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12-5-20).
EPA to Stop Chemical Testing on Mammals
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that the Environmental Protection Agency announced, in September, that it will stop testing chemicals on mammals. According to the pcrm.org website, the agency is eliminating all chemical testing done on mammals by 2035.(10/20/19)
Nondairy Drink Legislation
Wisconsin legislators are pursuing bills to prohibit the use of the word "milk" in a product label if the beverage is not from a cow or goat. WISAPS president, Mark Silverman, contacted the company which produces Edensoy to ask them to consider changing its label from soy milk to soy drink or beverage. Otherwise, under the proposed legislation, the company, as well as the stores which carries Edensoy, could face fines. (11/23/19).
WISCONSIN ANIMAL FACTS
Canada Goose. Canada geese are extremely common in Wisconsin. Identifying characteristics: Large goose with a long black neck and a distinctive white cheek patch; brown body with a pale white chest and underparts; black feet and legs. They fly in a V-formation to conserve energy, and different birds take turns leading the way. They are fairly common in most lakes, estuaries, wetlands, lagoons, bays, or anywhere else they can find food (grasses or grains). (See, birdwatchinghq.com). (12-2-21)
Eastern Cottontail rabbit. There are three kinds of wild rabbits in Wisconsin. Actually, there is one type of rabbit and two kinds of hares. Hares are generally larger than rabbits and have longer ears and hind legs. The Eastern Cottontail is grayish-brown with a fluffy white tail and has a rusty-brown spot on the nape of its neck. A rabbit's long ears give it the ability to hear noises from all directions. They can run up to 18 mph for half a mile at a time. They also have excellent eyesight. Habitat: wooded, thick brush areas, farmland, orchards, back yards, hollow logs. Diet: buds, sprouts, and shoots of woody plants, alfalfa, clover, peas, beans and grass. (See, wisconsin-wi.com). (12-9-21).
Squirrels. Squirrels are nimble, bushy-tailed rodents found all over the world. They belong to the Sciuridae family, which includes prairie dogs, chipmunks and marmots. There are more than 200 species of squirrels and they are categorized into three types: tree squirrels, ground squirrels and flying squirrels. Wisconsin has 5 native species of squirrel: Eastern Grey Squirrel, Eastern Fox Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Northern Flying Squirrel, Southern Flying Squirrel. They eat seeds and nuts and bury some of them for future consumption. The seeds or nuts they stored may later sprout and grow into trees. (See, Wisconsin Pollinators website). (12-10-21).
Gray Wolf. (Canis lupus). Wisconsin is one of about a dozen states in the country with a wild gray wolf population. Gray wolves, also known as timber wolves, are the largest wild members of the dog family. They are social animals, living in family groups or packs. Wolves typically mate for life. The wolf pups are usually born in a den. At birth, they cannot see or hear and weigh about one pound. When the young adults reach the age of three, they can either join the pack or leave to find their own territory. A wolf’s territory may cover 20-80 square miles, about 1/10 the size of an average Wisconsin county. Wolves often travel at 5 miles an hour, but can reach speeds of 40 miles an hour. Wolves howl to solidify pack bonds and warn other wolf packs to stay away—but despite popular belief, wolves don't howl at the moon. They howl day or night - not just when there is a full moon. (See, National Wildlife Federation and DNR websites). (12-13-21).
Northern Cardinal. (Cardinalis cardinalis). The “official” name was changed to Northern Cardinal from simply, Cardinal, in 1985, to distinguish it from seven other Cardinal species. The species was given its Latin name of Cardinalis cardinalis by the Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus, in 1758. (See, The Laurel of Asheville website). The bird was named for its color, which resembles the red robe worn by Roman Catholic Cardinals. (See, World Birds website). They eat insects, berries, other vegetable matter and sunflower seeds at bird feeders. The males display bright red feathers throughout their whole body with a bold black mask around their red beak. Females feature a more subdued and pale brown coloration with red tinges on their wings, tail, and crest. Both sexes feature a prominent feather crest atop their heads. Northern Cardinals are thought to mate for life, and the pairs stay together all year long. Chicks begin leaving the nest as early as seven days after hatching but are still fed by their parents for one to two months. Both male and female Northern Cardinals are adept singers. Males sing more frequently during breeding season but will continue to sing throughout the rest of the year, with a “cheer cheer cheer...birdie birdie birdie,”even in Winter. The sharp and metallic "chip" is the most common alarm and communication call but over sixteen different calls have been documented. (See, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Panorama, Winter 2022 issue).
According to an Earthjustice posting, on its website: "When a government wants to build a toxic waste incinerator in your neighborhood, bulldoze homes to build smog-producing highways or run pipelines through ancestral Native American lands, a federal law gives you the right to find out and fight back. That law is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)." Earthjustice website, 1-19-20. Earthjustice notes that plans are underway to gut NEPA's protections. Action can be taken by visiting Earthjustice's website in order to make a public comment.
Click on Action Center and then select View Alerts. Note: 49 days remain for public comments, as of today, 1-20-20, per Earthjustice. You may add your own wording to a comment drafted by Earthjustice. (1-20-20).
Sanctuary Woods, in Wauwatosa, was at risk. Letters were sent to members of the Wauwatosa Common Counsel, urging them to preserve the Sanctuary Woods.
February 18, 2017
City of Wauwatosa
7725 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Re: Preservation of Sanctuary Woods. Opposition to Life Sciences District Master Plan proposals.
Please oppose the proposed “Scenic Parkway” road, other proposed roads and plans for high-density development in the northeast quadrant of the County Grounds, affecting the natural area known as the Sanctuary Woods. As you may know, Sanctuary Woods provides habitat for a variety of species, including the Long-eared Owl, monarch butterflies, birds and other wildlife. The proposed roads and development would fragment the natural area and diminish the quality of the remaining habitat. Push for re-zoning of these natural areas, to ensure their preservation.
Recent articles in Milwaukee Magazine (online) provide a history of the area known as the County Grounds. (January 9th and 19th issues). The County Grounds is the largest remaining open space in Milwaukee County. It was prairie and oak savanna and a critical habitat for wildlife.
The natural areas north of Watertown Plank Road should be re-zoned in order to protect wildlife habitat, not developed with roads and high density buildings, in order to destroy it. Monarch butterflies, squirrels and owls have no place to go. They do not live in condos. They will disappear.
And a walk through the woods will never be the same.
Should you have any questions please contact me at the above address or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark A. Silverman
Alternatives to Animal Dissection
Letters were sent to approximately twenty Milwaukee area high schools requesting that they consider alternatives to the disssection of animals in their science classes. High school principals were informed of computer simulations, CD-Roms, plastic models and the availability of free lending libraries.
Great Lakes Wolf Summit
Two Wisconsin state legislators, senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and
rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) called for a "wolf summit" to discuss what they say are issues posed by wolves in Wisconsin. They want Congress to de-list the gray wolf, once again, from its protection under the Endangered Species Act. Tiffany says it is time to return management to the states, "similar to the wolf hunt we had for two years." (WXPR 91.7FM).
A federal judge in, Wash. D.C., in 2014, struck down the federal government's 2012 decision to remove gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, from the federal list of endangered species. The suit was brought by HSUS. The court decision ended Wisconsin's wolf hunting season. (Journal-Sentinel 5-9-16)
The state DNR carnivore specialist, David MacFarland, said that the agency had relied primarily on nonlethal means to control nuisance wolves, including the construction of 19 miles of fencing and the use of electric fences, sound and lights and posting guard animals. "We are doing quite a bit." (Journal-Sentinel 5-9-16).
Update: The "summit" was held September 15, 2016, in Cumberland, Wis, at the Das Lach Haus. Tiffany and Jarchow,said in a statement: "Our goal remains to have a policy driven discussion about the situation at hand." (WAOW.COM abc 9 posted 6-28-16).
The AAVS reported that the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee had approved an experiment involving 40 baby macaques who will be removed from their mothers at birth. They were to be placed in an incubator with a surrogate stuffed animal, towels, and/or blankets. According to the AAVS, when the monkeys are about one year old, they will be exposed to situations to provoke anxiety and fear. At the end of the experiment, the monkeys will be killed and their brains analyzed. (AAVS, "Activate for Animals," August 2014 issue).
WISAPS circulated a petition that was submitted to the University Chancellor. Other groups have been involved as well.
The chief researcher has
announced that monkeys will no longer be separated at birth. But the research will otherwise continue.
WISAPS has requested the amended protocol.
ANIMAL NEWS CONTIINUED
Gray Wolf Update
Letter to Journal Sentinel 9-19-16
Several Wisconsin legislators, (Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Adam Jarchow), and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, are calling for the delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act. Tiffany and Jarchow hosted a “Great Lakes Wolf Summit,” Sept. 15 in Cumberland.
Apparently, they hope we will buy into the myth of the wolf as an evil, killing machine, likely to prey on both cattle and humans.
The truth: 1) there is no record of a confirmed wolf attack on a human in Wisconsin, 2) old age, birthing complications, disease and bad weather kill far more livestock than does any predator, according to “The Hidden Life of Wolves” by Jim Dutcher.
Gray wolves, also known as “timber wolves,” are members of the dog family. Wisconsin is one of about a dozen states in the country with a wild gray wolf population. Before Wisconsin was settled, in the 1830s, an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 wolves lived throughout the state. By the 1930s, wolves were nearly erased from the lower 48 states, “as a result of one of the most effective eradication campaigns in modern history,” wrote Judge Beryl A. Howell in a federal court decision that returned the gray wolf to protected status in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota (HSUS v. Jewell; United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 2014).
Wolves began a recovery in the 1970s, under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Wisconsin had approximately 866 to 897 gray wolves in the winter of 2015-2016, according to the Timber Wolf Information Network website, citing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Dutcher writes that wild wolves have injured no one in the lower 48 states in the decades since their reintroduction, and that wolf tourism brings about $35 million a year into Yellowstone National Park and surrounding communities.
Alternatives to killing wolves, in order to protect cattle, include the use of electric fences, sound and lights, and guard animals. Traditional methods, such as fluttering flags and increased human vigilance, also may be used.
Many Native American cultures hold special reverence for wolves. Wisconsin tribes protested wolf hunts during the time wolves were delisted from protection in 2011. In the words of one Native American: “Wolves are like me; misunderstood, beautiful and wild, never able to be tamed, the epitome of freedom. All we want is to be accepted and loved for who we are.”
Pay no attention to the politicians who call for killing wolves rather than considering and testing alternatives. Instead, listen to your heart, and to the call of the wild.
And tell your congressperson to oppose Senate Bill 2281, which requires the delisting of gray wolves in the western Great Lakes and Wyoming. You can find the contact information on http://www.senate.gov/ and http://www.house.gov/ websites.
Mark Silverman is president of the Wisconsin Animal Protection Society.
Genetically Engineered Salmon
Genetically engineered salmon likely to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It would be the first genetically modified animal cleared for human consumption. Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Target have agreed not to sell the fish. AquaBounty Technologies, based in Massachusetts, applied for permission to sell the genetically altered salmon, which grows to market size in half the time as regular salmon. It consists of an Atlantic salmon containing a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and a gene from the ocean-pout, an eel-like fish. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10-20-2013).
GE Salmon Update
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced, on November 19, 2015, that it has approved the first genetically engineered animal intended for food: AquAdvantage salmon. The GMO salmon will NOT be required to be labelled as genetically engineered.
(From abc News, 11-26-15).
GE Salmon Update 2
The House and Senate passed a bill, signed into law, July 29, 2016, prohibiting states from labeling genetically engineered salmon.
(From Earthjustice website 8-7-16)
SeaWorld announced that it will cease its orca breeding program but will continue to keep orcas captive. It has 29 orcas.
David Phillips, Executive Director of Earth Island Institute, said, "In the future, we'll look back and shake our heads that far-ranging and socially dependent orca whales were ever allowed to be kept in small concrete tanks doing circus tricks."
(Discovery News 3-17-16)
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