SB 30 now has a companion bill in the Assembly; AB 29.
On February 8, 2019 SB 30 Introduced by Senators Risser, Hansen and Carpenter;
cosponsored by Representatives C.Taylor, Doyle, Stubbs, Pope, Subeck, Sargent and Sinicki. Read first time and referred to Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry. Senator Larson added as a coauthor on February 19, 2019.
“Wildlife killing contests are a cruel stain on Wisconsin’s long legacy of conservation,” said Senator Fred Risser. “Not only are questionable tactics used to attract and kill the animals, but often, the animals are not used for any purpose after they are killed and their carcasses are left to rot.” Project Coyote Media Release February 13, 2018
Project Coyote and WODCW put out a Media Release:
Photos have recently surfaced of decomposing coyote carcasses located on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands near the Washburn site of Fur Bang!. While the USFS and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were unable to determine where the animals came from, it is common for wildlife killing contest participants to dump the dead bodies after the events are over.
“Altogether I found more than 60 coyote carcasses at the dump site before I quit counting,” said Paul DeMain, the Hayward resident who took the photos on April 29, 2018, near a popular hiking trail in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “Killing and dumping wild animals is repugnant to living beings, life, and our coexistence with creation.”
“We applaud Senator Risser for championing legislation to ban cruel and wasteful wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin,” said Camilla Fox, Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote. “These competitions are no different than bloodsports like dogfighting and are ecologically and ethically indefensible.”
Deer hunter, Erik Syvinck, said overall he is in favor of the bill. He also cited coyote contests as the main reason to ban tournaments, or if not banned, then more regulated. Source
Then contact: Senate version SB 30 was referred to Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry. And is awaiting a hearing that would be granted by the chair. Click the highlighted words for contact information of the chair and members asking them for a hearing.
Next, do the same for AB 29 referred to Committee on Sporting Heritage And is awaiting a hearing that would be granted by the chair. Click the highlighted words for contact information of the chair and members asking them for a hearing.
“The animals killed in these contests are maligned but intrinsically, ecologically, and aesthetically valuable to the citizens and ecosystems of Wisconsin,” said Rachel Tilseth, Menomonie resident and Founder of Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin. “Ending this bloodsport is the right thing to do.”
A coalition of state and national groups are supporting Sen. Risser’s bill. If the legislation passes, Wisconsin will join California, which banned the awarding of prizes for furbearers and nongame mammals in 2014, and Vermont, which banned coyote killing contests in 2018.
The National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests is working in a number of other states, including Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon, to pass similar legislation in 2019.