WI State Senator Fred Risser has
proposed a bill to END wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin! LRB
1453/1 would prohibit contests for killing wild animals and providing a
memo to all WI legislators, Sen. Risser wrote: "In Wisconsin, there is no
prohibition to wildlife killing contests. These contests use various tactics to
attract, manipulate, confuse, and even temporarily blind wildlife in order to
kill as many animals as possible. Dogs, semi-automatic weapons, ATVs, traps,
snares, and snowmobiles are often used in such contests, including participants
chasing animals on snowmobiles to the point of exhaustion and running them over
"Many hunters have condemned
these contests as unethical and say they create a bad name for those who hunt
ethically. This bill would prohibit all wildlife killing contests, much like
laws in California and Vermont which prohibit predator killing contests."
bill must have strong BIPARTISAN support in both houses of the legislature,
even before it is introduced. Sen. Risser needs as many co-sponsors as possible
by Friday, February 1, 2019.
WHAT YOU CAN
Please read the Bill Summary and Talking Points below. Then,
phone and/or email your own WI state legislators (both Senators and
Representatives) ASAP and ask that they support LRB 1453/1. (Click here to find your WI representatives ). Try to keep
your message brief, and be sure to give your name, address, and phone number.
Let your representative know that you are a constituent. Please, ALWAYS be
polite and respectful. Name-calling, and rude or abusive letters or emails will
hurt, rather than help, our cause.
If you live in Senator Risser's
district, THANK him for authoring this bill and let him know that you support
If you are not one of Sen.
Risser's constituents, please ask your SENATOR to co-sponsor "LRB 1453/1
relating to: prohibiting contests for killing wild animals and providing a
The bill must have an Assembly
companion bill. Please ask your REPRESENTATIVE either to author or co-sponsor a
companion bill to "LRB 1453/1 relating to: prohibiting contests for
killing wild animals and providing a penalty".
Request that, at the very
least, your representatives SUPPORT this effort to end the killing of wild
animals for entertainment.
When emailing, please put
"SUPPORT LRB 1453/1 banning wildlife killing contests" in the Subject
Also, please post your
support on your Representative's and Senator's Facebook pages!
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Bill Summary (by the Legislative Reference Bureau):
"This bill prohibits the
organization of and participation in contests for killing wild animals.
Contest is defined as an organized or sponsored competition with
the objective of taking, capturing, or killing a wild animal for entertainment
or for the chance to win designated prizes. Contest does not
include a lawful fishing tournament. The bill prohibits a person from doing any
of the following: 1) organizing, conducting, or sponsoring a contest; 2)
providing a venue for a contest; and 3) participating in a contest. A violation
of these prohibitions is punishable by a forfeiture."
we will have a link to the full bill text and history as soon as they become
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Talking Points (more
contests" are not hunting; they are indescriminate slaughter of the target
include coyotes, bobcats, foxes, mountain lions, wolves, squirrels, rabbits,
information, please see Project Coyote's
Barbaric Bloodsport: END WILDLIFE KILLING CONTESTS
Tom Saler, The Cap
End wildlife-killing contests in Wisconsin and around the
Risser Bill Would Ban Wildlife-Killing Contests in
Stable coyote packs benefit farms and communities, Carly
Summers, Sun Community News, May 16, 2018
killing contests cannot be justified ecologically or ethically, Project
Coyotes letter about why wildlife killing contests cannot be justified
ecologically or ethically signed by more than 50 scientists from across
New York Times:
Plague confirmed in third Wyoming cat in last six months
Lions 2-Day Super Hunts"
Brochure. The hunt was part of a "family
friendly" "Ice Fisheree Festival" that featured free door prizes
for the kids, and a free kids raffle., Bags tournament, Fish Toss, Euchre
tournament, (2) Texas Holdem tourneys, Snow Sculpting competition, Flag
Football tournament, Outhouse races on land, DJ with dancing, and lots of
raffles and prizes, as well as Rabbit and Coyote Hunts. (http://www.sightfirst.com/ice-fisheree-ice-events/)
Putting an End to Wildlife Killing Contests, by 8 O'Clock
Buzz, WORT Community Radio in Madison, WI, January 28, 2019. Producer Kai Brito
speaks to the leader of a national non-profit, Camilla Fox, founder and
executive director of Project Coyote, to learn just how wildlife killing
contests are impacting the environment.
LRB 1453/1 Full Bill Text
1453/1 Bill History (N/A)
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