The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been taking some rather intense criticism from its constituents and hunting groups for an ill-advised partnership with the HSUS on a series of public-service announcements reminding Wisconsin residents to leave newborn wildlife alone. Yep, that’s right, this HSUS.
Now, HSUS is responding to the criticism. Seems it’s all just just an overreaction by us simple-minded hunters…
From the story on WQOW television:
Some critics in the hunting community are short-sighted and guilty of extreme overreaction in criticizing The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for working with The Humane Society of the United States to educate the public about the illegal taking of wildlife. These are the same voices who falsely characterize our work and claim we should put more money into conservation efforts, yet they cry foul when we do just that. Their views are unreasonable and inaccurate.
The HSUS works with state and federal wildlife agencies and hunting groups to combat illegal poaching of wildlife, and we’ve offered over $190,000 through our rewards program to help crack down on wildlife crimes. We have donated robotic deer and other anti-poaching devices to law enforcement agencies, and we sponsor a team of rescued dogs who sniff out poachers with game wardens in California. Our Wildlife Land Trust program protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat in 37 states and eight foreign countries.
When it comes to hunting issues, we work to curb the most inhumane abuses, and that’s what has led us most recently to campaign vigorously against canned hunting, Internet hunting and fox and coyote penning ˜ practices that The HSUS and many rank-and-file hunters agree are abusive and unacceptable._