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UPDATE: SB 30/ AB 29, TO END WILDLIFE KILLING CONTESTS

 

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Coyote     WI State Senator Fred Risser has proposed a bill to END wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin! SB 30/ AB 29 would prohibit contests for killing wild animals and providing a penalty. The bill was introduced into the WI State Senate on 2/8/2019. SB 30 was immediately assigned to the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry.

     The companion bill, AB 29, was introduced into the WI State Assembly on 2/22/19, along with an amendement to change some of the language to cover "certain" contests “killing the largest quantity of a wild animal that is not a deer, elk, or fish." AB 29 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage.

     In his 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 repeatedly.

     "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."

This bill must have strong BIPARTISAN support in both houses of the legislature, as well as a companion bill in the Assembly, to advance!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

     Please read the Bill Summary, Talking Points, and further information from the links below. Then, phone and/or email your own WI state legislators (both Senators and Representatives) ASAP and ask that they support SB 30. (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.

  1. Please check the SB 30 Bill History for the lastest list of cosponsors. If you live in the district represented by any of them, THANK him/her for supporting this bill and let him/her know that you support it also.

  2. It's not too late to add cosponsors. If you are not a constituent of any of the current bill cosposors, please ask your Senator AND Representative to cosponsor and SUPPORT "SB 30 relating to: prohibiting contests for killing wild animals and providing a penalty", which would end the killing of wild animals for entertainment.

  3. Please ask your Representative to SUPPORT, cosponsor and/or introduce an Assembly companion bill to "SB 30 relating to: prohibiting contests for killing wild animals and providing a penalty", which would end the killing of wild animals for entertainment.

  4. Contact all members of the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry and ask that they pass the bill out of committee for discussion by the full Senate.

  5. When emailing, please put "SUPPORT SB 30 banning wildlife killing contests" in the Subject line.

  6. 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."

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Coyotes are a frequent target of so-called killing contests.

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