Friday, August 13, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates questioned about the Nelson or Pete the Moose amendment.

It is good to see that people have gotten the word about the damaging Nelson amendment and are questioning state officials about their involvement in it's passage.

From WCAX.com

Susan Bartlett was the champion of Pete the Moose, a wild animal that was nursed back to health after being attacked by dogs and abandoned by Vermont Fish and Wildlife. So Jim McGarry wanted Bartlett to explain the ethics behind her "Pete the Moose" amendment which was added into the finance bill but hidden from Fish and Wildlife.
"This Fish and Wildlife Department refused to do anything except to say the only solution is to slaughter," said Bartlett, "We disagreed with that. So we worked with the administration, and it was the administration that made the choice to not include its Fish and Wildlife Department."

In a discussion about transparency in government, Shumlin and Bartlett had to defend a last-minute provision tacked onto the state budget granting the owner of an elk-hunting park an exception to state law so he could also let an orphaned moose named Pete stay in his fenced acres and spare dozens of native deer within the park’s confines.
“You can absolutely pick one piece of my career and judge me if you want,” Bartlett said.
Shumlin said he now considers the amendment a mistake. “I sometimes do things in haste,” he said. “I should have had a better handle on what I was voting on.”


  1. From the Addison Co Independent coverage: thanks to Jim for asking the question-

    Jim McGarry’s question for Lamoille County Sen. Susan Bartlett, centered around Pete the Moose and the 200 tame deer that live on a property in the Northeast Kingdom. The animals came under scrutiny from the Department of Fish and Wildlife as at risk for chronic disease, and the department recommended they be killed to minimize the risk to the wild animals with which they came in contact. Legislators — led by Bartlett — stepped in and wrote an amendment to the budget sparing the life of Pete and the deer, without the knowledge of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. A viewer questioned the ethics of this decision.

    “It was the result of a fish and wildlife department that refused to do anything except be extreme,” said Bartlett. “We disagreed with that. We were working with the administration, and it was the administration that made the choice to not include the fish and wildlife Department.”

  2. since when is shooting animals in a shooting preserve considered extreme? her law calls for them to be "culled" as "special harvest" during "a special season" - how is that better from a moose perspective? dead is dead.

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