Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

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“The idea you’re going to regulate who can take photos on public land is pretty shocking. You don’t see laws like that anywhere in the free world.” ~ Justin Marceau, Animal Legal Defense Fund, law professor, University of Denver

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the “sporting heritage” committees of the Assembly and Senate held overlapping hearings on what legislators persistently referred to as “important legislation.”

You can watch the video of the hearing here on Wisconsin Eye.

These twin bills concern “interfering with hunting, fishing, and trapping and providing criminal penalties.” AB 433 and SB 338 expand the current definition of hunter harassment to maintaining a visual or physical proximity to a hunter or approaching, confronting or photographing him or her. The text and legislators supporting these bills can be seen here and here.

Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, who is not a hunter, suggested that current hunter harassment and stalking…

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