Trappers are the only citizens that can, for private profit, indiscriminately ( without limits ) exploit our publicly purchased lands. $5 new trapper incentive licenses generated by the Dept. of Natural Resources recruited 2,041 new trappers to join the 10,000 market trappers bludgeoning out our forests and waterways for the Toronto auctions to the Russian and Chinese markets for trinkets made of fur. Trappers are .015% of the population with this "perk" - should the rest of us have $5 license incentives to go into our public lands and take out as many trees, plants, rocks and LIVING wildlife as we can in a similar time frame ( 6-7 months)? Are we equal citizens?
52% of all wildlife in the world ( songbirds, waterbirds, bobcats, wolves, beavers, bears) have been destroyed by human hunting and trapping in just 40 years according to WWF and London Zoological Society surveys. This is exponential loss collapsing ecosystems ( threatening human extinction - it is that bad: http://www.mysterium.com/extinction.html)
Wisconsin is the former home of the Hudson Bay Trading Co. housed in Stoughton, WI. Now it is also the home of CWD in 25% of the two-year-old bucks, an exploding deadly Lyme disease, and avian flu. Market hunting and trapping in the 1800's nearly wiped out wildlife. Now with more trappers and less than half the wildlife, we are out of time to stop this destruction. Mice that carry Lyme disease are exploding in population and imbalance threatens all life with more viruses and disease.
Healthy ecosystems need protection. Please support Wisconsin in saving our wildlife and healthy biodiversity.
We urge the Wisconsin legislature to end trapping on our public lands, as undemocratic, and destructive of the web of life that supports all life.
Please support Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor (who is described as fearless) in authoring and fighting for legislation to end trapping in Wisconsin public lands. State wildlife/nature agencies should treat all citizens equally in funding ( replace killing license funding with general public funding), participation on deciding boards, and use of our public lands. Trappers are less than 1/5 of one percent of the public but can destroy wildlife indiscriminately. If that continues, then all of us should have equal take from out public lands of living wildlife, plants, trees and rocks for the same fees.