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1/23/2014 8:31:00 PM
If it benefits us, we can rationalize killing

To the Editor:

Although I agree with Bobbi Rongstad (letter to the editor, Nov. 8, 2013, “Open, honest discussion about mining is needed”) about the protection of water and am totally against gashing the earth and destroying our Wisconsin ecosystems for outside profiteers to come in and extract whatever they want – I disagree with her on killing our wildlife. 

Her husband has been killing our deer and birds for 40 years and she joined in eight years ago. That is a lot of carnage.

She recently wrote that she took up deer hunting when she saw 15 deer starve to death. The world belongs to all of us. If animals are starving, why not feed them? 

The fact is that a state agency funded on killing licenses has only loyalty to providing more killing to those who like to kill our wildlife. 

So every year, Cathy Stepp, DNR head cheerleader, announces to her killing elite that the state is “growing the deer herd another 175,000” for their hunter clientele to have an easy kill, sitting in their tree loungers, over their feedlots. 

Farming for deer. 

Destroying natural predators (which Rongstad, ,to her credit does not like either). But all wildlife are just like your dogs or cats – playful, innocent, natural, wild, and if they can trust you, loyal and loving. Be they deer, or coyote, bobcat, or wolf – all is life wanting to live – and born like humans into a special form of life to fill out their niche in the miracle of this short existence. They all deserve to live.

I write the Madravenspeak living wildlife column for the Capital Times and am outraged that there is zero democracy in the structure of the DNR designed to exclude the 90 percent majority who do not kill from participation and rightful funding of our state agency. So all of the billions of dollars the general public has spent on public lands has been taken to prioritize trapping, killing and running packs of dogs on our wildlife year-round. They take and take and take and kill and kill and kill. The majority have no say and no way to protect.

Killing licenses should be replaced with general public funding and fair representation.

Trapping is the only private for-profit business that can destroy as many animals out of our public lands as they can mangle and kill. The majority of wildlife watchers have no right to take a living animal to protect or a plant or tree much less as much as we can rape out to sell dead.

So starving deer? Yep – I guess when you farm for deer to kill, ya just don’t care if some of them starve – just so there is plenty of killing fodder for the 10 percent who enjoy killing. Out of one side of the mouth, “Oh we need to keep the deer from starving – or they will come eat your tulips,” – and out of the other side, “We are providing you with hundreds of thousands more targets for your killing pleasure.”

And who else would you like? Tundra swans, sandhill cranes, ground hogs, seagulls – bluebirds, feral cats, mourning doves? 

We can give it all to you to kill. Enjoy!

Having rescued a fawn here and there – I can say that anyone who has spent any time with wildlife would neither countenance killing them nor destroying their habitat with miles of gashing the earth and poisoning our rivers and water systems.

Humans can rationalize almost anything if they can stuff money in their pockets or gobble it down their throats.

Patricia Randolph
state journalist

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