Prevent Killing of Wildlife at Animal Shelters

Target: Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker

Goal: Reform animal shelter policies to prevent the senseless killing of wildlife

Recently, a family from Illinois brought a fawn to a shelter. They believed the fawn was abandoned by its mother and were hoping to save it.  Their attempts at protecting the baby deer took an unexpected turn when nine agents from the Department of Natural Resources and four police officers, all armed, approached the shelter where the deer was left.

Because Wisconsin law forbids the possession of wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources had to intervene. They arrived with a search warrant for the deer. Despite the fact that the shelter employees planned on taking the deer, nicknamed Giggles, to a wildlife reserve the next day, the officers and agents took Giggles.

A shelter employee described the entire ordeal, “I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag.” When she asked why they were taking the deer, agents answered, “That’s our policy.” A Spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources stated that the deer was tranquilized on site, and then euthanized later.

This is an unacceptable way to deal with wildlife, particularly when the animal is at a shelter. Even more so when the shelter fully intended to take the deer to a wildlife preserve. These ‘policies’ are guidelines that serve no purpose, and their only effect is the slaughter of innocent animals. Sign this petition to urge the Governor of Wisconsin to address these policies, and change them to prevent further slaughter.

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Dear Governor Walker,

Recently, Department of Natural Resource agents along with police officers entered a shelter with a search warrant, hunting for a fawn that was turned in. Despite the fact that the shelter employees had every intention of taking the deer to a wildlife reserve the next day, they still absconded with the fawn. They euthanized her, according to “policy.”

Wisconsin law forbids the possession of wildlife, but this was not a case of harboring an animal as a pet. The family in question, along with the shelter, were only trying to rescue the fawn. Further, euthanizing the animal was far from necessary, as there are wildlife organizations which work to rehabilitate animals and release them into the while.

I demand these policies be changed. When shelters attempt to help an animal, euthanasia is the last option. There were no attempts made to preserve the well being of the animal, only to strip it from those who were caring for it at the time. Please, reconstruct Wisconsin law and policy to prevent the further slaughter of innocent creatures.


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Photo credit: ForestWander Nature Photography via Wikimedia

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