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Your Views: Do not let dogfights break out in wolf hunt

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October 24, 2013

I’m hoping to get the word out about something very disturbing that could take place in Wisconsin. With this fall’s wolf hunt commencing, Wisconsin will become known for allowing dog fighting. Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states, but this barbarism will occur on our public lands!

Despite public outcry, hunters will be allowed to use dog packs to hunt wolves. This barbaric practice is known as hounding. This shameful, brutal blood sport should be outlawed. Dogs are trained to relentlessly pursue small animals, such as raccoons or coyotes. Upon catching them, the dogs will tear the animal to pieces—all for the hunter’s amusement. When a dog pack pursues a wolf, it will be a different scenario. Rather than run, a wolf will turn, fight and kill, if necessary, to protect its territory. There you have it—a state-sanctioned dogfight right on our public lands!

Many concerned citizens have spent countless hours asking politicians to stop this brutality before it starts, but to no avail.

Apparently at one point, Sen. Fred Risser had an epiphany. He authored Senate Bill SB93, which states, “dogs will not be used to hunt wolves.” That bill lies buried in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Neal Kedzie, committee chairman, refuses to let SB93 go to the floor for a full vote. It appears hunting factions have convinced Kedzie that illegal dog fighting is acceptable. Our politicians seem to have a shortage of morality and honesty these days.

KAREN WELLS

Lake Geneva



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