Trophy Killing Apologists Scrambling to Justify their Behavior and it Isn’t Working

"Cecil the Lion" by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cecil_the_Lion.jpg#/media/File:Cecil_the_Lion.jpg

“Cecil the Lion” by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cecil_the_Lion.jpg#/media/File:Cecil_the_Lion.jpg

As expected following the news the last few days about the illegal killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, the killing cartels and their apologists have taken to various media outlets to defend their “sport” and continue to foster the lie that it has something to do with real “conservation.”

One of the most absurd one that I read today came from a frequent apologist for wildlife killers, Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman. Barker talks about how the killing of Cecil was a “stupid act” but then goes on to espouse the “benefits” of trophy killing.

People who universally condemn hunters because of Palmer’s act don’t understand the critical role hunters play in conservation. The Safari Club, which promotes trophy hunting and conservation, suspended Palmer’s membership Wednesday, along with that of the guide.

The lottery held by the Bighorn Sheep Foundation and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday raised $62,000 for wildlife research. An Alabama hunter was the winner out of 5,855 $20 tickets for the chance at a bighorn sheep, a once-in-a-lifetime hunt.

Another hunter paid $100,000 to the national Wild Sheep Foundation at its banquet in Reno for an Idaho tag, which also benefits conservation. And another $100,000 was raised this year at the Idaho chapter’s banquet.

As usual the old “killing is conservation” argument is being used here. Us “anti’s” just “don’t understand.” You are right Mr. Barker, I DON’T UNDERSTAND. I don’t understand how someone can pay money to fly across the world to kill an animal. I don’t understand how one derives pleasure from taking the life of another being for pleasure. Trophy “hunters” like to pretend that they “care” about wildlife and their habitat. The fallacy in that argument is that if they are willing to spend tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for “conservation,” why do they need the payoff of a kill? “Once in a lifetime hunt” indeed because for the bighorn sheep it is their LIFE being taken in the process. The “killing for conservation” argument continues in the article:

Hunters are among the most active conservationists I have covered over the past 30 years in Idaho. They were on the front lines of the fight for protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands and are among the small group of sportsmen I see annual lobbying of the Idaho Legislature in support of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and habitat protection.

Ah yes, those “sportsmen” and their lobbying of IDFG. What exactly have they been “lobbying” for? How about one “sportsmen’s” group “lobbying and paying for trying to eradicate wolves from that state? From 2012:

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation leaders want state wildlife officials to get more aggressive about wolf control, and they’ve offered at least $50,000 to make it happen.

“We are not utilizing anywhere near to the fullest of what the wolf management plan authorizes,” RMEF president David Allen said on Monday. “The go-slow, take-it-easy approach is not working.”

The Missoula-based group wants Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to use the money to contract with the federal Wildlife Services agency to kill more wolves.

Is that the kind of “lobbying” for “conservation” that Mr. Barker is referring to? But no pro-killing article would be complete without the narrative of how the “great white hunter” has to come in with his or her big $$$$ and “save” the natives so they can build “clinics and soccer fields.” 

Big game hunters would pay tens of thousands of dollars to kill trophy animals. That provided an incentive for the village to protect the animals that otherwise were seen as threats. The village would spend some of the proceeds to hire guards to protect game against poachers, and the rest went for everything from wells to soccer fields to doctor’s clinics.

Yeah, I guess why that explains the massive increase in poaching and how many African species have been pushed to the brink of extinction in the past decade. Right Mr. Barker? I suppose like the NRA’s argument of “more guns” to solve the mass shooting problem, I can imagine the killing cartels and their apologists screaming that more killing is needed for “conservation.” No better analogy exists for this ridiculous argument than this one:

Killing for conservation is the same as screwing for virginity. 

I believe that says it all.

Throughout the furor over Cecil’s killing internet trolls and killing cartel apologists have been using the same tired line against those outraged over what occurred. They ask why we “care” more for a lion than we do for other humans? This is how I explained it to a typical apologist troll on Facebook this morning:

“Funny how there are so many people out there whining that “you care more about that lion than people.” Yeah I do. Cecil never cut me off in traffic. Cecil never hurled bigoted or racist comments to anyone. Cecil didn’t drive through my neighborhood at 3 am booming his car stereo. Cecil killed to eat and not for a trophy. Cecil didn’t use packs of dogs against helpless wildlife. Cecil didn’t start needless wars leading to hundreds of thousands of dead and maimed. Cecil didn’t wage war on the poor. Cecil didn’t try to cut the rights of workers. So yeah, I do care about Cecil more than most humans and I don’t care if that offends you or anyone else.”

I didn’t get a response. Shock.

There is no justification for trophy killing no matter how much blood money it brings in. If those that partake in such activities really “care” about “conservation” as they claim let’s see them cut a check for $50,000 or $100,000 without the bloody payoff. It ain’t happening.

Here are some other obscene “killing is conservation” articles showing up in the media:

Why killing lions like Cecil is actually good for conservation

Big Game Trophy Hunters Defend Their Passion

Other View: Those trophy hunters pay for game reserves

There are plenty more apologist fluff pieces out there if these haven’t infuriated you enough.

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The Lesson From Cecil’s Killing: Let’s Not Forget What Happens in Our Own Backyard

On the request of various wildlife advocacy groups I have “cleaned up” my original post and removed some “blue” language and descriptions of the folks involved in the death of Cecil and the wildlife below.

As outrage continues to mount against the Minnesota dentist and the killing groups that enabled him to bait and kill Cecil the Lion we must not forget what is happening in our own backyards each and every day.

From last year’s wolf slaughter season in Wisconsin:

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How about this “conservationist” posing with a puppy that she arrowed:

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Photo used via “Fair Use.”

Who can forget US Forest Service Employee Josh Bransford and him striking a pose in front of a severely injured wolf that had been shot while languishing in Bransford’s trap in Idaho during their 2012 wolf slaughter?

Idaho wolf killer Josh Bransford in 2012.

Idaho wolf killer Josh Bransford in 2012.

How about the face and voice of the NRA and convicted poacher, Ted Nugent, advocating for the poaching of wolves in Wisconsin and elsewhere:

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How about these hounder killed wolves in Wisconsin and the “conservationists” posing with the dead bodies for a snuff article?

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Yet another hounder killed and gut shot wolf. Photo used via

Yet another hounder killed and gut shot wolf. Photos used via “Fair Use.”

These killers are no less shameful than the pearly white toothed Minnesota dentist that murdered Cecil but the outrage seems to be lacking. Let’s change that. It’s time to start shaming each and every sick person that post their boastful snuff pictures for the world to see. This is happening right in our backyard.

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This is “sport” and “heritage” in Wisconsin.

This “conservationist” below let this wolf languish in a trap for over a week in Wisconsin and even though that was illegal, abhorrent, and unethical the Wisconsin DNR gave those involved a “warning” and took no further action.

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These are just a few of the examples of what is being done daily to wolves and other predators right in our own backyard. While people are rightfully outraged at the death of Cecil and those that perpetrated it, I also think the same fury should be directed at the types of “conservationists” above that are operating in our own backyards. The acts of these people are no less of a abhorrent than what Walter Palmer and his cohorts did. One of the most common arguments that the trophy hunters use to “justify” their behavior, in addition to the absurd “conservation” angle, is that animals “don’t have feelings” like humans do. While anyone that spends time with animals knows this to be a complete and total line of garbage, I would argue that the animals in the pictures above are the ones void of feelings. I am not talking about the four legged ones.

Let’s hope that the selfish and horrific killing of Cecil starts a movement that allows us to decry and shame ALL of the trophy killing enthusiasts that exploit and torment our wildlife. Whether it is in Africa or in our own backyards this sick and abhorrent behavior needs to be called out for what it is and those partaking in the behavior need to be shunned by all. Let’s make sure that neither Cecil or the victims pictured above died in vain.

The Lesson From Cecil: Let Us Not Forget the Other Victims of Trophy Killing Death Fetishists Right in Our Own Backyards

As outrage continues to mount against the Minnesota dentist and the killing cartels that enabled him to bait and kill Cecil the Lion we must not forget what is happening in our own backyards each and every day.

From last year’s wolf slaughter season in Wisconsin:

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How about this “conservationist” posing with a puppy that she arrowed:

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Photo used via “Fair Use.”

Who can forget US Forest Service Employee Josh Bransford and him striking a pose in front of a severely injured wolf that had been shot while languishing in Bransford’s trap in Idaho during their 2012 wolf slaughter?

Idaho wolf killer Josh Bransford in 2012.

Idaho wolf killer Josh Bransford in 2012.

How about the face and voice of the NRA, convicted poacher, pant crapping draft dodger, alleged pedophile, and all around scumbag, Ted Nugent, advocating for the poaching of wolves in Wisconsin and elsewhere:

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How about these hounder killed wolves in Wisconsin and the ghouls posing with the dead bodies for a snuff article?

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Yet another hounder killed and gut shot wolf. Photo used via "Fair Use."

Yet another hounder killed and gut shot wolf. Photos used via “Fair Use.”

These sadistic trophy killers are no less shameful than the pearly white toothed Minnesota dentist that murdered Cecil but the outrage seems to be lacking. Let’s change that. It’s time to start shaming each and every sick goon that post their boastful snuff pictures for the world to see. This is happening right in our backyard.

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This is "sport" and "heritage" in Wisconsin.

This is “sport” and “heritage” in Wisconsin.

This piece of garbage below let this wolf languish in a trap for over a week in Wisconsin and even though that was illegal, abhorrent, and unethical the Wisconsin DNR gave those involved a “warning” and took no further action.

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These are just a few of the examples of what is being done daily to wolves and other predators right in our own backyard. While people are rightfully outraged at the death of Cecil and the scum that perpetrated it, I also think the same fury should be directed at the types of death fetishists above operating in our own backyards. These people are no less of a monster than Walter Palmer and his rich trophy killing buddies. One of the most common arguments that the killing fetishists use to “justify” their behavior, in addition to the BS “conservation” angle, is that animals “don’t have feelings” like humans do. While anyone that spends time with animals knows this to be a complete and total line of crap, I would argue that the animals in the pictures above are the ones void of feelings. I am not talking about the four legged ones.

Let’s hope that the selfish and horrific killing of Cecil starts a movement that allows us to decry and shame ALL of the trophy killing ghouls that exploit and torment our wildlife. Whether it is in Africa or in our own backyards this sick and abhorrent behavior needs to be called out for what it is and those partaking in the behavior need to be shamed by all. Let’s make sure that neither Cecil or the victims pictured above died in vain. It’s time to give the death fetishists and their apologist trolls a taste of their own medicine and expose them to the light.

Cecil the Lion, 832F, and the Death Fetishists That Pervert Conservation

Photo via Wikipedia.

Photo via Wikipedia.

Anyone that regularly reads my blog knows that while I find all forms of modern hunting deplorable, I hold a special revulsion for those that kill predators such as bears, canines, and big cats. This is especially true of the predator “hunters” in Wisconsin that are allowed to hound, bait, and trap just about every predator species and kill them with every tool short of artillery.

When news broke about the killing of a famous and very photogenic male lion in Zimbabwe known as Cecil the first thought that popped into my head is that he was likely killed by a wealthy American trophy killer. I had no evidence to back that up and only a gut feeling. Today when the UK newspaper The Telegraph broke the news that Cecil was indeed killed by a wealthy American trophy “hunter” I can’t say that I was shocked. Even less shocking is that the Minnesota based trophy “hunter” is a convicted poacher of a Wisconsin black bear in 2006. I wonder what other ties this guy has to Wisconsin’s sick and brutal predator “hunter” culture? From the article:

Cecil the lion – the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks – was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow, The Telegraph can reveal.

Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid £35,000 to shoot and kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow. The animal was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park. Two independent sources have confirmed the hunter’s identity to the paper, which has also seen a copy of the relevant hunting permit.

Also from the article:

During the hunt – which the organisers later admitted was badly carried out – it was alleged that Cecil was lured at night about half a mile out of the national park using bait, and then shot with a bow and arrow. The next day he was found wounded by the hunters and killed, before being beheaded and skinned.

Animals cannot be killed within the confines of the park. The hunters then removed his collar – further contravening park rules.

Palmer is apparently no stranger to this kind of behavior judging from his poaching of a Wisconsin black bear in 2007:

Mr Palmer has also run into legal woes. In 2008, court records show, he pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal wildlife officials concerning the exact location of the slaying of a black bear during a guided hunt in Wisconsin. He was sentenced to a year probation.

I am so shocked that an esteemed member of Wisconsin’s bear hunting community would partake in poaching and lying. Shocked I tell you. Even more disturbing is that the New York Times wrote a fluff/snuff piece in 2009 documenting Palmer’s killing of a “trophy” and “record” elk in California after paying $45,000 to do so. The NYT wrote this fluff piece knowing full well that Palmer was convicted of poaching in Wisconsin and served a year of probation.

As the season began, Palmer was completing a year of probation. In 2008, court records show, he pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal wildlife officials concerning the exact location of the slaying of a black bear during a guided hunt in Wisconsin. In his sentencing order, prosecutors had specifically agreed that the “defendant shall be permitted to possess archery equipment for lawful sporting purposes.”

A big money poacher getting special treatment from the feds? Again, color me shocked. Most poachers are supposed to lose their killing privileges through most of the country. Apparently that wasn’t the case here.

The killing of Cecil also reminds me of the killing of another famous predator that was possibly baited or strayed out of the sanctuary of a national park right here in the United States. In December of 2012 probably the most photogenic and famous wolf in America, known as “832F” was shot and killed by a great white hunter outside of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Like Cecil “832F” or ’06 as she was known was a very popular and photogenic female wolf that dazzled visitors to Yellowstone from all over the world. Also like Cecil her death came at the hands of a trophy killer. This killer refuses to this day to be identified. Form an article in Outside Magazine:

On a December day about 15 miles east of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, a hunter fired a shot heard around the world—he legally killed a female wolf wearing a GPS research collar. It’s not known whether the hunter was hunting wolves or looking for other game and opportunistically shot her. It’s not known if he chose to shoot the wolf wearing the radio collar. Not much is known because the hunter has chosen not to reveal himself publicly (though he was given the opportunity to for this article). He is, in all likelihood, concerned about the reaction from wolf advocates, because the wolf he shot was the most famous wolf—perhaps the most famous single wild animal—on earth.

The wolf’s collar identified her as 832F, but she was better known to tens of thousands of people internationally as the “06 Female,” the unusually big, barrel-chested alpha female of the Lamar Canyon Pack. She was not the first Yellowstone wolf killed during Wyoming’s inaugural open season on wolves (Montana and Idaho have already had two years of wolf-hunting). A few weeks earlier, her packmate, a beta male she sometimes bred with, was shot and killed in Wyoming as well.

The killing of 832F touched off anger and grief in the wildlife advocacy movement. Almost as infuriating as her killing was the arrogant and boastful way anti-wolf factions celebrated her death. The killing of Cecil and 832F show the mindset of the modern trophy “hunter” and how they go out of their way to kill an animal that thousands if not millions of people cherish for their own sick and twisted wants and desires. That two lives which brought smiles and happiness to so many could be snuffed out by heartless and selfish killers so easily should horrify anyone that has the slightest empathy and concern for our wildlife. The selfish nature of modern trophy “hunters” and their money seem to take precedence over the wishes and emotions of millions of people on this planet. That is truly shameful.

As for the Minnesota dentist/trophy killer that paid $55,000 to kill Cecil, James Palmer of Bloomington, MN, he seems to have picked the wrong lion to bait and kill. The outrage generated by the selfish killing of this beautiful lion has set off a firestorm of anger across the world even eclipsing the outrage over the death of 832F.

As horrible as the death of this majestic lion was this may be the tipping point for the conversation about trophy “hunting” both here in the United States and across the world. For most sane people it is inconceivable to deprive millions of people the joy of observing a beautiful animal like Cecil or 832F alive and thriving in their habitats so that a killing fetishist can have a head to hang on their wall. Unfortunately that is not the world we live in. We live in a sick and twisted world where the wholesale trophy killing of species like wolves and lions is considered “conservation.” When wealthy death fetishists can drop tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill increasingly rare or endangered species, like the black rhino killed by Dallas Safari Club ghoul Corey Knowlton earlier this year, the concept of “conservation” has been forever perverted.To add insult to injury Knowlton was allowed by the increasingly anti-wildlife US Fish and Wildlife Service to bring his “trophy” back to the United States for his ghoulish collection while the few remaining black rhinos inch closer and closer each day toward total extinction. All so one death fetishist can have a “trophy” to hang on his wall?

Could the sick trophy killing behavior or death fetishists like Knowlton and Palmer finally disgust enough people where a real conversation about what “conservation” really is can begin? Instead of being celebrated by the mainstream media for their sick trophy killing exploits these people need to be ostracized and called out for their disgusting behavior. This is certainly happening in the case of Palmer and his dental business. The Facebook pages and websites associated with Palmer and his business have been taken down and his dental office was closed on Tuesday. No doubt because he has been feeling the heat of his actions. I have no sympathy for this convicted poacher or those like him that seek to deprive not only life to our increasingly imperiled wildlife but to take away the joy of millions that will never see a magnificent animal like Cecil or 832F in the wild again. For what? All for a “trophy?” For a head to hang on a wall in some sick ghoulish display like something out of a horror movie? Ghouls like Palmer and Knowlton want you to think that they are the “victim” because people have directed their outrage at them for their sick behavior. The only victims in these stories are the animals needlessly slaughtered and the millions of people  that will never get to see them alive and thriving. All for a freaking “trophy” and an ego boost.

While finishing up this post I came across this quote in a news article about Palmer and the death fetish club that he has “records” with.

“Palmer has several hunts on record with the Pope and Young Club, where archers register big game taken in North America for posterity, said Glenn Hisey, the club’s director of records. Hisey said he didn’t have immediate access to records showing the types and number of animals killed by Palmer, but he noted that club records involve legal hunts “taken under our rules of fair chase.”

“Although African game wouldn’t be eligible, Hisey said he alerted the group’s board that Palmer’s ethics were being called into question. He said Palmer’s domestic records could be jeopardized if he’s found to have done something illegal abroad.”

So poaching a black bear in Wisconsin isn’t enough to have his “domestic records” “jeopardized” but poaching an animal overseas will? Pope and Young Club? It sounds to me like it is the Poach and Brag Club. It’s time to take off the gloves and call out these sick death fetish “clubs” and their members for being the sickos that they truly are. Enough of them perverting “conservation” and pretending that what they do has any legitimate role in the “management” of our wildlife here and abroad. It’s time that these sick poachers and the pervert groups that enable them be called out for what they truly are: death fetishists.

Fake “Patriots” and “Tyranny:” My Friday Evening Rant

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This piece is not directly about wildlife but it is about the same type of people that are out to torment, torture, and kill it. As I got up this morning and looked at my news feed the top story was about another mass shooting in a movie theater. This time in Louisiana. As I have explained before I am not against the ownership of certain firearms as long as there are reasonable restrictions as to who and what kinds of weapons can be owned. Gun nuts “enthusiasts/patriots” like to pretend that they are given the right to possess whatever type of firearm they wish and display those same weapons anywhere and everywhere. They also like to talk about how the great white chickenhawk toting around an AR-15 in a Target store is really them defending us from “tyranny” or some other nonsense. Before I delve deeper into the “patriot” issue I think that we should look at what “tyranny” truly is. From Dictionary.com:

[tir-uh-nee]
noun, plural tyrannies.
1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
Synonyms: despotism, absolutism, dictatorship.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
6. a cruel or harsh act or proceeding; an arbitrary, oppressive, or tyrannical action.

In the minds of the gun nuts “enthusiasts” having any reasonable restrictions on firearm ownership or display is a form of “government tyranny.” They also consider themselves to be “patriots” that oppose other forms of “government tyranny.” What do they view as “government tyranny?” If recent history is any indication there are just some examples of “big gubmint tyranny.”

  1. Citizens having access to healthcare options.
  2. Citizens having the right to marry a person of the same sex.
  3. Taxes to pay for those evil things like roads and education.
  4. Social safety nets like Medicare and Social Security.
  5. Requiring freeloading deadbeat ranchers to pay fees to graze their cattle on OUR public lands.
  6. Public education.
  7. Not allowing public institutions to force Christianity on school children.
  8. Military training exercises.
  9. Removal of the flag from of a country of traitors that raised arms against the United States from government buildings.
  10. Laws that mandate clean air and clean water.
  11. Allowing religions other than Christianity to be practiced or having no religion at all.

I could go on and on to point out all of the things that the great white “patriots” view to be “big gubmint tyranny” but I don’t have all day. Somehow these “patriots” like to pretend that they are all that stands in the way of the Kenyan Muslim black guy in the White House from implementing Martial Law and putting all “patriots,” Christians, and white people into “FEMA camps” while spraying chemicals on us from jets passing overhead. This folks is why we need the great American chickenhawks to march through your local Target with an AR-15.

On July 16th a military recruiting center was attacked by a 24 year old Muslim and five service members we killed. The right wing responded by labeling it terrorism and with all kinds of anti-Muslim hate. Weeks before, following the murders of nine people in a church in Charleston South Carolina by a white supremacist and bowl haircutted freak, the right wing and gun nut “enthusiast” crowd first tried to call the shooter a “liberal” and when that didn’t work tried to claim that it was an attack on “Christianity” rather than an act of domestic terrorism by a white supremacist. How did the gun nut “enthusiasts” and “patriots respond following the murders at the recruitment center? They called for a “mobilization” of great white chickenhawks to “protect” recruiting centers across the country from Muslim terrorists. Funny I don’t recall a similar “mobilization” by these “patriots” to protect black churches in the South from white supremacist terrorists. Gee, I wonder why?

I served in the Army Reserve and the last thing that I would want “protecting” me is one of these chickenhawk ammosexuals that couldn’t pass a military physical if they actually had the gumption to serve. Frankly these goons are no better than the Jihadis that carry out such attacks. A terrorist is a terrorist whether Muslim or Christian or whatever. Why didn’t these ammosexuals “stand guard” outside of black churches in the South after that bowlcutted freak murdered those nine people? When did the 2nd Amendment become a suicide pact that allows every nutjob to wave guns wherever they feel like? Better yet, when did the 1st Amendment become a vehicle for hate speech without a sense of responsibility?

There is a serious and dangerous divide in our country that is being fueled by right wing hate media spewing a message tailored toward the racist and xenophobic individuals that often act out on their hate. These hate filed “patriots” combined with easy access to any type of firearm they want is a recipe for disaster. It doesn’t help that fake “news” outlets like Fox (Faux) “News” and blowhard right wing bile-spewers can take to the corporate owned airwaves and scream all day about the evils of atheists, Muslims, socialists, minorities, etc. and not expect their minions to act out eventually. These same “news” outlets never hesitate to bring up acts of “eco-terrorism” conducted my the morons on the other side of the political spectrum but they minimize the motives when one of their own followers act out. Then those same media outlets bang the drums for war each and every day in some far off land while not so subliminally encouraging violent acts by “patriots” in our own country.

As far as I am concerned the REAL enemy isn’t some Jihadi in a desert thousands of miles away or some mullah blathering “death to America” in Iran. The REAL enemy is right in our towns, cities, and rural countrysides. The REAL enemy is the white supremacist that walks into a church and kills nine people because of the color of their skin. The REAL enemy is the gun nut that walks into a movie theater and randomly start blasting away. While the right wing media and phony politicians keep us focused on ISIS and Iran Americans are being killed each and every day in churches, theaters, restaurants, recruiting areas, city streets etc. by them same twisted ideologies that we claim to be fighting against overseas.

For all the talk from the right wing media and fake “patriots” espousing “tyranny,” freedom,” “liberty, and the evils of ” big government” they sure like to ignore a few simple words that helped found this country.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

While I don’t buy into the worship of the slave owning “Founding Fathers” and their open hypocrisy at the time this was written, documents like the Declaration of Independence are the basis for our laws and rights in America. I also don’t buy into the “creator” line or that the basic human rights are somehow “given” to us by a deity. What I do believe in is the part about Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So do the right wing, except apparently for that little part about LIFE getting in the way of their “Liberty” and “Pursuit of Happiness.” I and every other American have a right to preserve and live my LIFE when I go into a movie theater or (shudder) church. I and every other American have the right to feel that our LIFE is safe when we are in public and not feel intimidated by some “patriot” goon waving around a gun. The same goes for those wanting to go to their church, job, or wherever and not have their LIFE targeted because of the color of their skin.

America was born by the gun and if things don’t change soon we will die by it.

That was to be my final line of this blog post until I just saw this headline about the shooting in the Louisiana movie theater last night:

La. gunman was a Tea Partier who hated Obama, admired Hitler and wanted women to shut up in church

I am shocked. Utterly shocked.

Is it really the “government tyranny” or external threats that people in America need to be worried about?

In Wisconsin the Term “Family Tradition” Means Torturing and Killing Wildlife

Killing thousands of these docile birds for sport is considered a

Killing thousands of these docile birds for sport is considered a “family tradition” in Wisconsin.

Today on the Capital Times website a letter to the editor was posted about something that I have long questioned and been disgusted by. Why is killing animals considered a “family tradition” in this ass backward state? Wisconsin allows some of the most brutal and barbaric methods of “hunting” of anywhere in the country or even world, yet those methods are celebrated as “tradition” and even encouraged by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The letter states;

Dear Editor: Since buying a house in the north woods, I have become active in supporting wildlife and our wild places by writing emails, making phone calls to politicians, going to meetings — even writing to tourism committees.

Sadly, my husband and I have been very, very disappointed in the way things have been going in Wisconsin. Being from the suburbs of Chicago, I had no idea hunters could put out food for bears to attract them, hounds could be released in the woods to chase wild animals, and I would have to worry about walking my dogs on public lands for fear of traps.

I am tired of hearing about “family traditions” of killing animals. I can’t imagine teaching a child to kill animals.

We are nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, and photographers. Translated: We want to see wildlife alive! For now,we are hanging on to our house in Illinois until we decide if we can actually live in Wisconsin.

Tim and Terri Minnick

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As one who was born and raised in this state I have never for one second been able to understand the sick and pathological obsession with killing animals. How does one derive pleasure from taking the live of something and then have a grinning photograph taken over the body of a once living and vibrant being? Along with the “tradition” of killing wildlife in Wisconsin is the sick methods of “training” dogs to be used against wildlife for what amounts to nothing more than state sanctioned harassment and fighting between animals. How and why is this behavior something that is allowed to become a “tradition” and passed down through generations? Should Wisconsin be proud that we are the premier destination for slob “hunters” from all over the world? Should we be proud that our population of bears can be habituated to tons of junk food over the span of six months each year and then be tormented with packs of vicious dogs for four of those months through the heat of summer? Should it be a “family tradition” that those same dogs can be used throughout the year against coyotes, wolves, bobcats, raccoons, and turkeys (yes, TURKEYS!!!) along with bears? Those “traditions” don’t even take into account how our lands have thousands of the medieval torture devices, known as traps, scattered like land mines waiting to crush unsuspecting wildlife or your pets. How about the proud “tradition” of blowing those vicious mourning doves out of the sky each and every year by the thousands? The same thing goes for the thousands of crows blown out of the sky each year while their young starve in nests. What about the trapping and killing of turtles? Is that another “family tradition” that Wisconsin should be proud of?

I often hear the question: “What is wrong with Wisconsin?” I wish I knew why a large number of our citizens derive pleasure from inflicting pain and suffering on other living beings. Contrary to the oft repeated killing cartel propaganda, Wisconsin’s slob hunting “tradition” and “culture” has very little to do with “putting food on the table” or the even more ridiculous claims of promoting “conservation.” This “tradition” has more to so with killing for the sake of killing and deriving pleasure from having control of another life form than it does anything else. How do I know this? The mere fact that those who partake in killing animals just cannot wait to post pictures of them leering over their bloody kills for all to see is one way to show this. For me the biggest way to disprove the tired argument that they kill to “put food on the table” is to show how deer and other killed wildlife are described. They are “scored” in terms of rack size and “trophy” measurements to go along with the lurid photographs. This “scoring” obsession is so bad that local media outlets provide forums for state “hunters” to post pictures of themselves, often their kids, and their kills. Never do they say “look at this deer that I killed to put food on my table.” Quite the contrary. They usually brag about the “points” and “rack size.” If the killing really is about “putting food on the table” why doesn’t the media or great white hunters post pictures on forums showing them “hunting” for food at the grocery store or “harvesting” hamburger from the meat sections of said store?

I can only imagine the horror and revulsion that the Minnick’s feel when getting a taste of Wisconsin’s culture of cruelty up close and personal. Our state has been taken over by faceless killing cartels and associated front groups that feed off of the fears and ignorance of the populace. Their tentacles reach into every facet of state and local government and give preference to those wishing to torture, kill, and exploit wildlife. All this is done under the guise of “tradition” and fake “conservation” while shutting out the voice of the average citizen that finds sick practices likes hounding, baiting, and trapping to not only be unethical but abhorrent. Unfortunately the voices of people such as the Minnicks and other living wildlife advocates are ignored in Wisconsin and throughout most of the country. We get branded with slurs calling us “tree huggers,” “bunny huggers,” “PETA freaks,” “anti’s” and on and on and on as if showing compassion and kindness to other species is somehow the equivalent of pedophilia or some other sick behavior. The new slur among killing apologists seems to be calling us “wolf worshipers,” “predator worshipers,” etc. The killing cartels and their apologists in the media such as Patrick Durkin like to throw this slur at us while ignoring their same “worship” of guns, bows, and other killing implements. Apparently our passions are to be ridiculed and take a backseat to theirs.

I am glad that people such as the Minnicks are speaking out against the sick culture of cruelty that our state is becoming more and more know for with each passing day. I am also glad that people originating from outside the state are seeing the sick and barbaric “traditions” and “culture” that many of us Wisconsin natives have been screaming about for years only to be shut out, ridiculed, and ignored. Killing is not a “family tradition” unless your part of the Manson family or some other cultish enclave. Unfortunately that is what Wisconsin is destined to be seen as unless more of us speak out. It’s time to stop letting the purveyors of the culture of cruelty in Wisconsin dictate the conversation. Wisconsin is a hellhole for wildlife and for those of us that care for them. We need to be a voice for those that cannot speak and show what these “family traditions” and fake “conservation” really entails. Please follow the Minnick’s example and write your local newspapers to express your disgust with these “family traditions” and Wisconsin’s culture of cruelty.

Bear Baiting and Hounding: Wisconsin’s Culture of Cruelty in Action

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Wisconsin’s Culture of Cruelty 

Wisconsin is a state that likes to pride itself on the availability of it’s “natural resources.” For normal people this means our land, water, and living and breathing creatures. The reality is that for much of Wisconsin “natural resources” are nothing more than living targets for some of the most disgusting, unethical, brutal, and sadistic acts of “hunting” that exist. I like to refer to my state as the home base for the slob “hunter.” Wisconsin allows for and even encourages the most horrific and unethical forms of “hunting” that are allowed anywhere.

  • Dogs are used as weapons.
  • Traps are spread across the landscape like land mines in a war zone.
  • Bears are allowed to be baited with an unlimited number of 55 gallon drums filled with stale doughnuts, cookies, and numerous other forms of junk food for at least six months of the year.
  • Deer “hunters” are allowed to sit over piles of corn and other bait just waiting for a hungry deer to walk into their sites to be arrowed or shot. Those same deer “hunters” are also allowed to grow “food plots” to get around baiting restrictions in some areas to habituate deer to a food source and grooming them to be shot or arrowed at some point during the year.
  • Wisconsin allows the use of “penning” to “train” vicious hounds to attack all forms if species in the state. These “pens” allow for coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and other wildlife to be tormented and eventually ripped apart by hounds being “trained” to attack them in the wild.
  • Wisconsin also allows the hounding of one species or another 24/7/365 either as “training” or as a form of “hunting.”
  • Coyotes can be shot, arrowed, trapped, hounded throughout the year with no limits
  • Trappers can kill and sell the skins of as many animals as they want for the price of a meager “license fee.”
  • Trappers are essentially encouraged to kill protected animals with ZERO repercussions as long as they “report” it to the DNR so the DNR can sell the skins to fund “trapper education programs.”

This is just a small example of the most egregious elements of Wisconsin’s sick killing culture that is endorsed, encouraged, and even celebrated by those responsible for wildlife “management.” Dogs are weapons and it is perfectly acceptable to feed wildlife thousands of tons of junk food each and every year. What does that say about the sick culture of this state? Should anyone be shocked that our state is responsible for hosting some of the most notorious serial killers and narcissistic politicians in our country’s history? No they shouldn’t be surprised, if they even care at all. Considering that the very day the Wisconsin Assembly “debated” and voted on the two year special interest/Koch Brothers giveaway known as the state budget many came to the voting floor visibly inebriated following a two hour drinking binge during an alleged “bomb threat.”

Apparently no one cares. No one cares that our lawmakers are visibly drunk on the job when they vote to gut the foundations of our state and give foreign private companies the right to take YOUR land from under your feet. What does it say about a state when dog fighting is legal and you are allowed to artificially feed wildlife junk food for six months of the year to ensure that you have a nice fat animal to have your dogs rip apart later in the year? Where is the outrage?

The Scourge of Bear Baiting and Hounding in our National Forests 

As stated above Wisconsin is a bastion for the most horrific, unethical, and disgusting methods of “hunting.” Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Northern Wisconsin where bear baiting and hounding are allowed to be carried out with no oversight or repercussions for “violations.” Hounders and baiters from all over the country know that there is no oversight and flock to Wisconsin to “train” their packs of vicious dogs throughout the year and to place literally TONS of bear “bait” all over our public lands and national forests in the northern part of the state. No permit is required to “train” their unlimited number of dogs nor is any permit required to place thousands of pounds of “bait” all over our national forests and public lands.

In the twisted world of Wisconsin it is perfectly acceptable to transport giant drums of stale doughnuts, cookies, and a myriad of other junk foods and dump them in hollowed out logs all over our public lands in the north, especially in the national forests. Baiters post all kinds of pictures on social media showing trailers full of 55 gallon drums of bait being transported to our public lands to be dumped for SIX MONTHS of the year. The Wisconsin DNR and Legislature finds it perfectly acceptable and legal to habituate thousands of bears and other wildlife to human junk food for half of the year. Then when a bear happens to make their way into a human area to seek out more of that junk food the calls wail from the bear killers that we need to kill more, more, and more bears for “population control.” Bears in Wisconsin are basically farmed to provide targets for slob “hunters” from all over the country to hound, arrow, or shoot. No one can tell me that dumping thousands of pounds of junk food in bear habitat doesn’t help to artificially increase the bear population and make them more dependent on humans for their food sources. No one can also tell me that this isn’t a deliberate way to keep bear populations artificially high so that the slob “hunters” have an over abundance of targets for torment and trophy. This doesn’t even take into account the potential for disease transmission by drawing more and more animals to congregate in these bait areas.

The Wisconsin DNR apparently sees nothing wrong with this. It is perfectly acceptable with them for thousands of pounds of stale doughnuts, cookies, and other junk food to be deposited all over our public lands yet a SWAT team was needed to use againt an animal shelter for taking in an orphan fawn. You all remember Giggles the Fawn, right? That evil creature that the Wisconsin DNR and local authorities had to send a SWAT team into an animal shelter to kill because of the threat of “disease?” This is YOUR Wisconsin, folks. Where SWAT teams are used against kindhearted people trying to save an orphan baby deer and vicious hounds are allowed to run rampant 24/7/365 and wild bears can be fed literally TONS of junk food six months of the year on your public lands.

This was posted in a Black River Falls, Wisconsin newspaper last month.

This was posted in a Black River Falls, Wisconsin newspaper last month.

What I find especially concerning is that the vast majority of bear baiting activity seems to be occurring on U.S. Forest Service land in the National Forests occupying northern Wisconsin. The Forest Service is also apparently perfectly fine with thousands of pounds of stale junk food being trucked in and dumped onto the lands that they manage. They are also apparently okay with thousands of dogs being set loose to torment and attack the wildlife occupying these lands for much of the year. Imagine what would happen if you or I took a large trailer full of junk food and other assorted trash and drove it onto Forest Service lands and dumped it in various locations. We would be cited, fined, and possible arrested. Baiters can do this at will with no limitations or licensing required. The same goes for hounding and how they “train” their four legged weapons. What would happen if you took a pack of dogs and set them loose with no licenses or form of control in most jurisdictions in the state? If the dogs were not shot by the authorities or land owners you would also be cited, fined, and possible arrested. Hounders? Perfectly acceptable in the eyes of the law. They do not need any sort of license and can allow unlimited numbers of dogs to be set loose on our public lands whenever they want. See the problem and double standard here? What makes acceptable for slob “hunters” that use bait and packs of vicious dogs to do what they wish with impunity while the rest of us have rules and regulations regarding our behavior on US Forest Service lands?

“Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.

Reading that statement would anyone think that the National Forest in Wisconsin are used as giant hound “training” areas and feed stations to bait bears for SIX MONTHS of the year? Come on Wisconsin, how is any of this acceptable on our public lands? Or any land for that matter? Is this acceptable to you? Is this acceptable to our populace?

Shame on you Wisconsin for condoning and encouraging this behavior.

Shame on the US Forest Service for allowing this on OUR lands.

Where is the outrage?

Contact the US Forest Service and ask them why it is acceptable for unlimited bear bating for SIX MONTHS of the year and for unlimited numbers of vicious dogs to be set loose on our lands.