According to a recent Earthjustice posting, on its website: "When a government wants to build a toxic waste incinerator in your neighborhood, bulldoze homes to build smog-producing highways or run pipelines through ancestral Native American lands, a federal law gives you the right to find out and fight back. That law is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)." Earthjustice website, 1-19-20. Earthjustice notes that plans are underway to gut NEPA's protections. Action can be taken by visiting Earthjustice's website in order to make a public comment.
Click on Action Center and then select View Alerts. Note: 49 days remain for public comments, as of today, 1-20-20, per Earthjustice. You may add your own wording to a comment drafted by Earthjustice.
We are a Wisconsin organization encouraging a humane attitude towards all living creatures through direct action and education. One of our major accomplishments was the transfer of two elephants from the Milwaukee County Zoo to a sanctuary in California. The Wisconsin Animal Protection Society (WISAPS) opposes animal exploitation in any form.
This website features animal and nature photos taken by our members.
Alternatives to Animal Dissection
Letters were sent to approximately twenty Milwaukee area high schools requesting that they consider alternatives to the disssection of animals in their science classes. High school principals were informed of computer simulations, CD-Roms, plastic models and the availability of free lending libraries.
Deer Removal at Boerner Botanical Gardens
We have learned that deer are being "removed" from the Boerner Botanical Gardens through the use of sharpshooters. The sharpshooters have a permit, according to the Wisconsin DNR. Information has been requested from the DNR and Milwaukee County as to the number of deer shot and whether alternatives to shooting were explored. (2-8-20)
Fatal Experiments on Dogs
(Freedom of Information Act request made 2-23-19).
We received a response from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Chief Research and Development Officer, Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD, informing us that the "research work with dogs at the Milwaukee VA has concluded." The letter continued: "However, VA will continue to do research with dogs only if the research is important to the health of Veterans and there is no alternative to using dogs."
WISAPS made the open records request in response to the news, below, reported by USA Today.
(May 11, 2019).
Fatal experiments on dogs are moving ahead at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is pushing forward with invasive and ultimately fatal experiments on dogs as part of the VA's medical research program. (USA Today Nov. 2-4, 2018).
In Milwaukee the experiments called for researchers to remove sections of dogs' brains to test neurons that control breathing before the animals are killed by lethal injection, records show, according to USA Today. A group called the Paralyzed Veterans of America no longer opposes efforts to end VA fatal medical research on dogs, USA Today reports. The VA's position is unchanged under its new Secretary, Robert Wilkie.
(USA Today, Nov. 2-4, 2018).
WISAPS obtained signatures from Wisconsin residents in a Petition to be sent to Secretary Robert Wilkie, requesting that the VA discontinue the fatal dog research conducted in Milwaukee. "It is animal cruelty," the Petition states. 12/2/18
Sanctuary Woods, in Wauwatosa, was at risk. Letters were sent to members of the Wauwatosa Common Counsel, urging them to preserve the Sanctuary Woods.
February 18, 2017
City of Wauwatosa
7725 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Re: Preservation of Sanctuary Woods. Opposition to Life Sciences District Master Plan proposals.
Please oppose the proposed “Scenic Parkway” road, other proposed roads and plans for high-density development in the northeast quadrant of the County Grounds, affecting the natural area known as the Sanctuary Woods. As you may know, Sanctuary Woods provides habitat for a variety of species, including the Long-eared Owl, monarch butterflies, birds and other wildlife. The proposed roads and development would fragment the natural area and diminish the quality of the remaining habitat. Push for re-zoning of these natural areas, to ensure their preservation.
Recent articles in Milwaukee Magazine (online) provide a history of the area known as the County Grounds. (January 9th and 19th issues). The County Grounds is the largest remaining open space in Milwaukee County. It was prairie and oak savanna and a critical habitat for wildlife.
The natural areas north of Watertown Plank Road should be re-zoned in order to protect wildlife habitat, not developed with roads and high density buildings, in order to destroy it. Monarch butterflies, squirrels and owls have no place to go. They do not live in condos. They will disappear.
And a walk through the woods will never be the same.
Should you have any questions please contact me at the above address or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark A. Silverman
Genetically engineered salmon likely to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It would be the first genetically modified animal cleared for human consumption. Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Target have agreed not to sell the fish. AquaBounty Technologies, based in Massachusetts, applied for permission to sell the genetically altered salmon, which grows to market size in half the time as regular salmon. It consists of an Atlantic salmon containing a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and a gene from the ocean-pout, an eel-like fish. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10-20-2013).
According to abc News, on November 19, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has approved the first genetically engineered animal intended for food: AquAdvantage salmon. The GMO salmon will NOT be labeled as genetically engineered.
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Wisconsin legislators are pursuing bills to prohibit the use of the word "milk" in a product label if the beverage is not from a cow or goat. WISAPS president, Mark Silverman, contacted the company which produces Edensoy to ask them to consider changing its label from soy milk to soy drink or beverage. Otherwise, under the proposed legislation, the company, as well as the stores which carries Edensoy, could face fines.
Help the Gray Wolf!
Please ask your Congressperson to oppose bills which call for the de-listing of the gray wolf from protected status under the ESA. (02/24/18).
EPA to Stop Chemical Testing on Mammals
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that the Environmental Protection Agency announced, in September, that it will stop testing chemicals on mammals. According to the pcrm.org website, the agency is eliminating all chemical testing done on mammals by 2035.
Great Lakes Wolf Summit
Two Wisconsin state legislators, senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and
rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) called for a "wolf summit" to discuss what they say are issues posed by wolves in Wisconsin. They want Congress to de-list the gray wolf, once again, from its protection under the Endangered Species Act. Tiffany says it is time to return management to the states, "similar to the wolf hunt we had for two years." (WXPR 91.7FM).
A federal judge in, Wash. D.C., in 2014, struck down the federal government's 2012 decision to remove gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, from the federal list of endangered species. The suit was brought by HSUS. The court decision ended Wisconsin's wolf hunting season. (Journal-Sentinel 5-9-16)
The state DNR carnivore specialist, David MacFarland, said that the agency had relied primarily on nonlethal means to control nuisance wolves, including the construction of 19 miles of fencing and the use of electric fences, sound and lights and posting guard animals. "We are doing quite a bit." (Journal-Sentinel 5-9-16).
Update: The "summit" was held September 15, 2016, in Cumberland, Wis, at the Das Lach Haus. Tiffany and Jarchow,said in a statement: "Our goal remains to have a policy driven discussion about the situation at hand." (WAOW.COM abc 9 posted 6-28-16).
The AAVS reported that the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee had approved an experiment involving 40 baby macaques who will be removed from their mothers at birth. They were to be placed in an incubator with a surrogate stuffed animal, towels, and/or blankets. According to the AAVS, when the monkeys are about one year old, they will be exposed to situations to provoke anxiety and fear. At the end of the experiment, the monkeys will be killed and their brains analyzed. (AAVS, "Activate for Animals," August 2014 issue).
WISAPS circulated a petion that was submitted to the University Chancellor. Other groups have been involved as well.
The chief researcher has
announced that monkeys will no longer be separated at birth. But the research will otherwise continue.
WISAPS has requested the amended protocol.