Would you call running down and ramming deer to death at night with snowmobiles “hunting?” Of course not. And neither do the many sportsmen represented by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

That’s why the group is asking the state appeals court to re-issue felony animal mistreatment charges against the three young men involved the highly publicized Waupaca County “thrill kills” of January 2009.

Judges originally threw out such charges because the men where cited by the DNR with violating the state’s hunting laws, which explicitly exempt hunters from animal mistreatment charges. But says the WWF–and I’m paraphrasing here–these bums aren’t hunters!

Here’s the full story from the Green Bay Press Gazette.