Hattip to Mary Katherine Ham at Hot Air. One of the best arguments against big government is that inevitably its minions, not having enough real work to do, will engage in stupidity like this:
In Wisconsin, yet another example of the government’s overzealous attempts to punish citizens for good-faith interactions with wildlife, even if they’re saving said wildlife. This time, an armed raid to capture and euthanize a fawn at an animal shelter, which was on its way to a wildlife preserve. Government is just a word for things we do together, Bambi:
Schulze videotaped the fawn they named Giggles during the two weeks she was there. The Department of Natural Resources began investigating after two anonymous calls reporting a baby deer at the no-kill shelter.
The warden drafted an affidavit for the search warrant, complete with aerial photos in which he described getting himself into a position where he was able to see the fawn going in and out of the barn.
So, they took the deer and killed it. Mercifully, I guess, the state has chosen not to press charges against this animal shelter for the horrible crime of trying to rehabilitate a deer abandoned by its mother in an animal shelter and transfer it to a wildlife preserve in Illinois, where wild deer are permitted by law. Apparently, if the shelter had had a state-issued permit for keeping a wild deer, everything would have been fine, which suggests keeping one is not inherently dangerous, despite that being the Department of Natural Resources’ justification for killing the fawn.
“I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag,” Schulze said. “I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ He said, ‘That’s our policy,’ and I said, ‘That’s one hell of a policy.’”
“If a sheriff’s department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don’t call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,” Niemeyer said,
My wife and I have contributed to this no kill animal shelter in the past. Evil idiocy like this is why I am a conservative. Government is, at best, a necessary evil. Oftentimes the evil part of that equation stands out far more out than the necessary part.
Update: Hattip to commenter Phillip for the video:
I love the disease argument to justify the killing of the fawn. This is Wisconsin! During certain times of the year it seems like every other car has a buck draped across it. Deer roam all about the state. The idea that this fawn posed some sort of dangerous health hazard, especially when it was being transferred to a wildlife sanctuary, is farcial. The simple truth is that this was a huge overreaction by wannabe Rambos, except that Rambo never demonstrated his manhood by killing a fawn. I can only hope that someday they will have to match themselves against: BAMBO!