TWF Board of Directors,
Michael Butler has abused his position as Executive Director for Tennessee Wildlife Federation numerous times and that will no longer be tolerated.
For at least the past five years, Mr. Butler has publicly bashed the Cervid Industry, hard working farmers across the U.S. that raise deer and elk, in newspapers, on public web-sites like http://www.tndeer.com and at public meetings. Mr. Butler spends much of his work time posting lies about the Cervid Industry when his work time could be better spent doing the job that he is being paid for by the TWF.
Mr. Butler tries to mislead the hunting public with his lies that state the Cervid Industry is responsible for wildlife diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). His lies do nothing positive for the TWF or the hunting public. He just stirs the pot trying to cause friction between the hunters and the farmers who raise deer and elk.
All CWD found in captive herds, that can be traced back to a source, traces back to a research facility controlled by the state wildlife agency in Colorado. This research facility spread CWD to other research facilities, to wildlife all over the state of Colorado and to many of the states that border Colorado, to public zoos and even to Cervid Farmer's herds. The cervid industry has tested and monitored their herds and now their herds are proven to be safe and healthy and can now freely move interstate while wildlife, controlled by state and federal wildlife agencies, are unable to meet state or federal regulations to move anywhere. An example of this is the Elk Island herd in Alberta Canada. This government run game farm can not meet state or federal regulations required in order to be imported into the U.S. or TN.
The Elk Island importation attempt was a failure due to Mr. Butler publicly bashing the cervid industry on http://www.tndeer.com last fall. Had it not been for him threatening the Cervid Industry again on tndeer, I would not have found out about this risky importation attempt in time to make a difference. TWRA has imported animals from the Elk Island herd before and would have again this time but thanks to Mr. Butler, the USDA officials in Washington DC were made aware of several problems with that herd and now that herd is unable to enter the U.S. At least two other states were also wanting elk from that herd as well but again thanks to Mr. Butler, those states will not be able to import those risky unsafe elk.
I would suggest that the TWF Board of Directors demand that Mr. Butler post a public apology on http://www.tndeer.com stating the following: I, Michael Butler, have wrongly accused the Cervid Industry of being the cause of wildlife diseases such as CWD when in fact the real cause of the problem traces back to wildlife held in a research facility in Colorado and controlled by that state's wildlife agency.
I would also suggest that you ask for Mr. Butler's resignation.
Any future attacks on the Cervid Industry from Mr. Butler or anyone connected to the TWF will result in legal action being taken against the TWF and the individual responsible for those attacks.
David L. Autry