We are asking you to make some urgent emails and calls TODAY to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety regarding SB 366, the felony animal cruelty bill. There is only one day left to communicate with the Committee before they make their decision on SB 366.
Those who hunt with hound dogs are already exempt on the bill from the abuses they put their animals through during training/hunting season, and yet it seems they are still not willing to allow the bill to go through. It is our position that wildlife must be protected from hound hunters allowing their dogs to harm or kill them, which is also prohibited by Wisconsin hunting regulations. As can be seen in countless social media posts and many of you have even witnessed first hand, wildlife suffer terribly from hunting hounds, whether they are in a captive pen or being attacked during a training or hunting season like the February 2021 Wolf Hunt.
Watch our documentary to learn more about this felony wildlife fighting:
Hounders are notorious for training their dogs to corner and fight wildlife, so much so that there are facilities where they pay to train on coyotes, raccoons and bears in pens. Because hound hunters are exempt from their hound dogs getting hurt, countless wild animals are being mauled and dying from injuries inflicted by hounds without the protections on this bill. The lobbyist, Bob Welch at the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, is trying hard to make sure “his guys” don’t have to answer for how their hound dogs treat wildlife. THAT is what we are trying to show lawmakers. Welch wants to make sure the wording is changed to absolve bear hunting dog fighters of their reckless behavior. We don’t want the one person opposing this bill to have all of the say on how it should be written. “His guys” were not at the public hearings.
Because they are probably not aware, you can also let lawmakers know how hound dogs are being severely injured and abused by their owner’s negligence. The spirit of this bill is to protect all animals from extreme cruelty but in order to do that it needs to go through without amendments.
As always, please be respectful and include your full name, address, and email when you contact the Committee members to ask them to support SB 366 without amendments exempting hunting hounds and wildlife from protections. Thank you for being a voice for animals.
Sen. Van H. Wanggaard, Chair: Sen.Wanggaard@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-1832
Sen. Eric Wimberger, Vice Chair: Sen.Wimberger@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-5670
Sen. Alberta Darling: Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-5830
Sen. André Jacque: Sen.Jacque@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-3512
Sen. Julian Bradley: Sen.Bradley@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-5400
Sen. Lena C. Taylor: Sen.Taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-5810
Sen. Kelda Roys: Sen.Roys@legis.wisconsin.gov (608) 266-1627