Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
The federal Lacy law, p. 50 PDF (260.3 KB)
50 WISCONSIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION were passed at the last session of our legislature were framed to conform to the Federal law and it has added tremendously to the power and efficiency of our laws. It has not entirely done away with violations, but it has re- duced all flagrant violations to the minimum. The Department is now con- sidering the adoption of a Federal bag limit and the prohibiting of the sale of migratory waterfowl. This regulation would add another strong arm to the law which would aid tremendously. The Federal game laws have done more to bring protective legislation in the southern states than any other one thing. Before the passing of that law, half of the southern states made no pre- tense at game protection, but now the states are few that haven't a very substantial code of laws which in most of the states are fairly well enforced. The prevailing weakness of the laws in those states is that they allow the sale of game, thus opening the way for wholesale slaughter. Their bag limits are excessive and they show no disposition to economize in saving the birds. Until this last year, their bag limit was 50 birds, but so much pressure was brought to bear by other states in urging that their bag limit was unfair to the more progressive states of the north, that they reduced it to 25 birds. At the National Association of the Game and Fish Commissioners held at New Orleans the week of October 10, 1916, strong pressure was brought to bear urging that the states adopt a uniform bag limit for migratory birds, giving each state an equal maximum opportunity to share in the spoils of this natural resource. But no agreement was reached. However, we believe that such a resolution will be adopted at our next meeting which is to be held in St. Paul next year. Our sportsmen have claimed for years that we have not been getting a square deal or an equal opportunity with the southern states in taking these birds. We have claimed that we were protecting them rigidly during their stay in the north, carefully protecting them through the breeding season, only to have them slaughtered in the wintering zone in the south. This is absolutely true, but we believe that at our next annual meeting at St. Paul, this condition will be remedied and we will get together on a uniform bag limit and restrict all sale of these birds, which will bring about the desired results. THE FEDERAL LACY LAW. The Federal Lacy law which prohibits interstate shipment and traffic in game is a powerful weapon for good. This law applies only to states that have laws prohibiting the sale and traffic in game, and Wisconsin is one ofthat number. We have enforced the Wisconsin laws rigidly and have turned over to the Federal authorities several cases after receiving convictions in our courts. The Federal courts have then imposed addi- tional fines, with heavy costs, which the violators have found a rough and rugged road to travel. It is important to know that one journey through the courts of this process has been sufficient to satisfy the game trafficker. We have never had occasion to make an arrest for a second offense, which convinces us that rigid laws is the true solution of game protection.
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