NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has filed a brief as amicus curiae ("friend of the court") in Dane County Circuit Court (Wis.) in support of the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Inc., Wisconsin citizens and other conservation and animal welfare organizations in their lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The brief, which was filed by the ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy department on November 21, asks the Court to prohibit the DNR from authorizing the use of dogs for wolf hunting unless and until restrictions are enacted that conform to state law. According to the ASPCA's brief [PDF], the DNR exceeded its authority by enacting regulations that do not impose the necessary restrictions on the training and use of dogs to hunt wolves, and instead guarantee tragic encounters that will mutilate and kill hunting companions and pets. The brief reads in part:
“By promulgating emergency rules that authorize the virtually unfettered use of dogs to hunt wolves, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) exceeded its statutory authority under Act 169 and violated the letter and spirit of Wisconsin’s animal cruelty and animal fighting laws……Wisconsin should not permit this perhaps unwitting misstep to blemish its progressive reputation in the field of animal welfare. As the first state to allow the use of man’s best friend in an endeavor that is so fraught with peril, Wisconsin should take the stepsnecessary to minimize the inevitable danger to its canine companions."