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6/1/2010 2:49:00 PM
The Humane Society of the United States shoots back

To the Editor:

These days, there is no shortage of polarizing issues to debate. But the protection of young wildlife is not one of them. At least, not until earlier this month, when The Humane Society of the United States and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced that they had joined forces to produce a public education campaign aimed at protecting young wildlife.

The cooperation was logical: The HSUS works to protect all animals, including wildlife, and the DNR oversees Wisconsin's wildlife.

With some well-intentioned Wisconsinites unnecessarily removing young wild animals from their habitat, teaching citizens to recognize truly orphaned or injured animals was a mutual concern.

So the groups pooled resources to produce educational radio advertisements that are airing across the state through June 13.

The project saves taxpayer dollars and protects wild animals. The HSUS lent the expertise of our staff biologists and humane educators in crafting ad scripts. We distributed the message to our more than 220,000 Wisconsin supporters and contributed funds to help expand the reach of the campaign.

Preventing the unnecessary removal of young wildlife from the wild is indisputably positive, not to mention uncontroversial.

Unfortunately, some in the sport hunting community mistook the announcement of the ads (which make no mention of hunting) as an invitation to lash out at the DNR on topics ranging from the collaboration with The HSUS to other perceived shortcomings of the agency.

It's a shame that some are so ideologically rigid that they believe two groups cannot work together unless their positions on every issue are perfectly congruent.

We at The HSUS see things differently. This project is only one piece of our national efforts on behalf of wildlife. Many of our campaigns are supported by thoughtful hunters. Some are not.

We can all agree that the resources of state wildlife agencies are stretched thin while poaching is on the rise. It is estimated that tens of millions of wild animals are killed illegally each year, yet only a tiny percentage of poachers are caught. Anyone who wears the label "conservationist" should be alarmed by this trend.

At The HSUS, we don't just wring our hands. We're attacking the problem head-on. We firmly support the law enforcement efforts of state and federal wildlife agencies as they work to combat this growing crime.

We run a nationwide anti-poaching program that has offered more than $190,000 in rewards since it began in 2008. We have donated anti-poaching decoys to law enforcement agencies. In California, we sponsor a team of rescued dogs who sniff out poachers for game wardens. Our Wildlife Land Trust program protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat in 37 states and abroad.

Sometimes hunters challenge us to do more for conservation. We challenge hunters to do the same.

For Wisconsin's advertising campaign on behalf of wild animals, we met the challenge. That's no cause for a show of temper.

We have joined hunters in opposition to abusive practices like "canned" shooting farms, Internet hunting, and "penning" in which packs of dogs are turned loose in enclosures to tear coyotes or foxes to pieces.

We are at the forefront of the fight to crack down on poaching, and we are thrilled to have a broad coalition of allies in this endeavor. The unreasonable objections of a vocal minority will never thwart our efforts to protect wildlife.

Readers can learn more about our wildlife protection work, as well as what we do to support local shelters, at humanesociety.org.

Alyson Bodai

Staff member with The Humane Society of the United States who helped develop the educational radio ads with the Wisconsin Department

of Natural Resources



Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010
Article comment by: Hillary, HSUS

The Wisconsin DNR's collaboration with HSUS is exactly the kind of creative partnership that helps state agencies weather lean times and reach new constituencies. Very little would ever get done if groups only worked with those who agreed with them 100 percent of the time.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Article comment by: Hillary, HSUS

The Wisconsin DNR's collaboration with HSUS is exactly the kind of creative partnership that helps state agencies weather lean times and reach new constituencies. Very little would ever get done if groups only worked with those who agreed with them 100 percent of the time.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Article comment by: ATMilwaukee96

Well said. My brother and dad are hunt all the time, but even they admit that people are really overeacting to The HSUS and DNR airing radio ads. The HSUS does a lot of great work and tax payers should be happy that this charity saved us some money.



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