Meet Troy Mader – The New “Slaughterhouse Sue”

Shot by Knight rifle

From the Knight Muzzleloading Rifle Facebook album

Written By:  Heather Clemenceau

To say that Wyoming is a conservative state probably doesn’t even begin to capture it. Republicans hold nearly every elected office, and gun ownership and hunting are as much a part of a their cherished way of life as are ranching and rodeo. Just like Sue Wallis, who was often touted as a horse industry expert despite not owning any horses, her replacement for House District 52 in Wyoming seems to have an embellished C.V. as well. Troy Mader is occasionally put forth as a “scientist” who is an expert on wolves and other species of animals, not to mention AIDS, while he appears to have completed only 1 1/2 years of university in an unknown field of study.

In her support for same-sex civil unions,  medical marijuana,  and abortion,  some of Wallis’ measures seemed at home in liberal California or even Canada,  but when it came to horse slaughter she was every bit the radical zealot. While Wallis also focused on rather obscure and sometimes irrational food laws, Mader epitomizes extremist and intolerant rhetoric – he runs a gun empire and chooses to spend his time targeting the EPA whilst promoting a “biblical” and very anthropocentric stance towards animals.  And he’s on record for being anti-choice and a supporter for horse slaughter too. “I stood with her wholeheartedly on that,” Mader said.

So Wyoming has basically substituted a cowboy poetess who wanted to enrich her pocketbook with horse slaughter, with a bible-thumping opportunist who has preached some dangerous rhetoric, coupled with a history of lobbying to prevent laws that might curtail the profits for his gun company. Seems like Wyoming politics have their own brand of influence peddling.

Although Mader’s Linkedin profile is here,  and somewhat at odds with his Zoominfo profile.  He went to college for a year Troy Mader Zoom Infoand a half at Grand Canyon University, then went on to found the Common Man Institute in Gillette Wyoming.  The Common Man is touted as a private research group that apparently publishes no research,  yet they are a right-wing group of outfitters, timber companies, livestock producers and off-road-vehicle owners who have more than a passing resemblance to a Rick Berman enterprise.   Two issues do appear to have been generated out of this nebulous group – The theme that wolves are demonic and have no place in the United States, and that AIDS is a disease imposed on those who have “filthy sex.”  They don’t appear to have published anything after this crackpot rhetoric from the 80s either.

In fact, Mader appears to be the author of numerous out-of-print books(lets) that reflect his anti-science view towards wolves, as well as a very homophobic collection of quotes from various other individuals on AIDS. The journalist site WyPols have dredged up a dog-eared copy of his mess of a book The Death Sentence of AIDS.”and are publishing chapters of his book to let their readers make up their own minds as to how homophobic this untethered bulldog really is. The site plans to post chapters of Mader’s book over the next few days and weeks,  so if you have a morbid curiosity,  please check it out on their site.  In case you’re wondering what his qualifications are in order that he write on the subject of AIDS, well, it appears that he has none other than a rabid dislike of gay men.

“Gays get AIDS because they are profoundly promiscuous, highly mobile, and practice filthy sex.”

The Death Sentence of AIDS

Wholly deserving of a book-burning party.  Out-of-Print. Permanently

I find it difficult to imagine why anyone in Wyoming would be opposed to anti-discrimination laws in a state that, at least to gay rights activists, will long be remembered as the place where Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was killed in a 1998 attack that was motivated in part by his sexual orientation. If only to somewhat make up for the torture that was inflicted upon Matt Shepard there should be not a politician in Wyoming opposed to equal rights for all its citizens.

After his erstwhile stint as a book author, Mader went on to become a former precinct committeeman in the local Republican party. He is also a rancher, former sheriff’s deputy, musician,  and trapper (IMO the most cruel way possible to kill an animal). At some point during this era he went on to become director of deceptively named Abundant Wildlife Society and founder of the Knight Muzzleloading Rifle Company.  Check out the Facebook page for Knight Rifles, if you’re keen on seeing a bunch of 7 year-olds with rifles displaying the small, defenceless animals they have shot.

The Abundant Wildlife Society is an organization that has “greenwashed” itself to appear to be a conservation group, and like the Canadian Wildlife Federation, it doesn’t Troy Maderactually care about wildlife except to preserve them for hunting activities.  It’s a special interest group that doesn’t benefit anyone except hunters.  At its core it is a property-rights group that has established a web presence to oppose animal welfare groups, scientific organizations, and oppose the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which Mader claims has become a classic example of the law of unintended consequences.  Sue Wallis liked to preach about the “unintended consequences” of the cessation of horse slaughter in the US too.  As director, Mader methodically faulted wolf reintroduction at every opportunity. He claimed that wolf restoration efforts were motivated mainly by romantics who dreamt of hearing wolves howl in the night.

His words appealed to hobby ranchers who saw wolves as more predators for their livestock. During a visit to Oklahoma City for a Safari Club function, he made it plain that anyone who hunts should share his concern. He wants to hunt in Yellowstone, where hunting is not permitted.  Pity the poor animals who don’t know they’ve left the boundaries of Yellowstone, where it’s open season on them in the surrounding national forests of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

“…..the Endangered Species Act has become a most effective tool in the hands of the preservationist and those intent on destroying the livelihoods of millions of Americans.”


“The benefit of multiple wound channels….” Benefit for whom?  Surely not the animal on the receiving end of this onslaught.

While many farmers and ranchers justifiably fear them, wolves are actually the engines of evolution, helping trim the gene pool in prey species, including deer and elk, which sport hunting does not do.

The now defunct National Center for Public Policy Research claims that Troy Mader is an “scientist and  expert” in conservation and endangered species, the Endangered Species Act, wolf recovery, and the “philosophical aspects of conservation versus environmentalism,”  which again seems odd to me since there is no substantiated evidence of him having any sort of qualifications that would preclude such a title.

Don’t bother emailing them, their email is as non-existent as Mader’s scientific credentials.

“Where you have a healthy wolf population you have no room for hunting.”

Mader also appears in the documentary film “Crying Wolf,” in which we see the Christian concept of taking dominion over animals (Genesis 1:28) using the earth and its resources for the needs of man and to the glory of God.  Anthropocentrism such as hunters and some others espouse, has been posited by many environmentalists as the underlying reason why humanity dominates and sees the need to “develop” most of the Earth.  Anthropocentrism is a root cause of the ecological crisis, human overpopulation, and the extinctions of many non-human species.

“If you study one thing in the bible, man has dominion……”

Clearly, his motivation in all these schemes is to lobby to protect hunting, while disavowing equality for other groups. Mader does not care about animals, only that any restrictions on hunting will hurt his company’s profits. So Wyoming now finds itself with another politician who appears to have no problem advancing laws that would line their own pocket – this time at the expense of a different species of animal.  He probably cares little about women’s reproductive rights either, which is why he proudly asserts that this is another topic on which he disagrees with his predecessor.

About heatherclemenceau

Hopefully as I've grown older I've also grown wiser, but one thing I've definitely become cognizant of is the difference between making a living and making a life. Frequently outraged by some of life's cruelties, and respect diversity. But.....I don't suffer fools gladly, and occasionally, this does get me into some trouble! I have the distinction of being the world's worst golfer - no wait, I do believe that there is a gypsy in Moldavia who is a worse golfer than I. Nor am I much of a dancer - you won't see a booty-shakin' flygirl routine from me! I'm also not the kind of cook who can whip up a five-course meal on a radiator either! And I've never figured out how to get an orchid to bloom a second time. I love to discuss literature, science, philosophy, and sci-fi , or even why Seinfeld is funny on so many levels. Words move me. I'm very soft-hearted about most things, especially animals, but I have a stoicism about me that is sometimes interpreted incorrectly. I do have a definite edge and an often "retro-adolescent" sense of humour at times. I'm a big advocate of distributed computing projects to advance science. Check out if you want to find out more. I'm an eclectic plant-based eater, and as such, it's a personal practice of mine to seduce innocent meat-eaters into cruising the (salad) bars at every opportunity. You would be powerless to resist. I was recently surprised to find that a computer algorithm concluded that I write like Dan Brown, which is funny because I didn't think Dan Brown could actually write. Check out your own style - Oh, and I love impractical shoes and funky hats.

11 responses »

  1. I’ve met some fine, smart people in Wyoming. Are they too smart to run for office? It’s too bad, because the state seems to have gone from the frying pan into the fire.

  2. Frightening news. It is almost like the saying, “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.” In other news I read something about an anti-gay bill that passed in the House of Reps and thankfully got knocked down in the Senate. It would have been legal for any business to refuse service to gay people. This was in Kansas. Why is logic, science, reason taking a backseat to religous fanatics?

  3. I don’t visit that part of Wyoming. I visit the west side. Wyoming is a vast state–it has maybe 500,000 people in the whole state. Animals far outnumber people.

    Am I surprised that Gilette voted in another Sue Wallis–NO. As distasteful as this is this county is VERY small people wise. There’s not a lot of choices. If you moved there and we’re democrat you’d be shouted down. You would be outvoted at every turn.

    The best thing we can do is this. Try to minimize the damage this man will bring to the table. If he wants to pass some law for his county about not inspecting food stands etc–let them. You’ll just know not to visit or buy anything there. Look they don’t care. There ranchers. They don’t need the tourism dollars.

    Stay on him so when he ventures out of state running his mouth–we can dispute anything he says with facts. If he wants to run his county into the county–well they voted him in–so I guess they can clean up whatever mess he leaves them with.

    Not all Wyoming. Is bad. Jackson Hole is a lovely to visit. The Tetons are beautiful. As you drive up/or down 89 or the inside park roads–the mountain views CONSTANTLY change. One minute you see Teton Peak, then you don’t. Then you see the separation in the mountain peaks and then you don’t. I sworn that the Tetons are on a slow moving railroad track going around and around in a circle. They NEVER stay the same! But it’s probably one of the most glorious places I’ve ever visited. I love the Tetons.

    On the east side of 89 is Teton National Forest. There you can see a big herd of bison. I had dinner with one fellow a couple years ago. He stood there grazing and I ate my cheese and crackers and water. We just observed each other for maybe 15 minutes. He never once charged my car but then I didn’t get out. We just shared the same space. I called a big thank you and told him he was the date I had ever had!

    Another trip I had a yearling moose not too far from me. Moose can hear from up to two miles away. So I kept whispering to her that I wouldn’t her and I wasn’t coming any closer. Her ear flickered at me. Suddenly some guy on a big bike turned the key and zoom his engine came to life. The poor moose started running off scared as culd be. I called quietly to her and told her it was okay. Because my tone hadn’t changed she stopped. I told her I k we it was scary but that the guy would be gone in a minute or two. He left and she came back. Then she rewarded me with plunging her nose in the creek almost up to her eyes while she munched on the grasses on the bottom!

    Traveling to the Pryors is a chore. You can’t go up and over the mountains the short way cause it doesn’t exist. You have to travel hours out of the way to turn east then north. And the roads aren’t all highway–there is road construction slowing you down and Bighorn Canyon slowing you down. Both of these have speed restrictions. But the Pryors are well worth your time to visit.

    And depending on where your coming from you may easily miss having to travel thru Gilette to get to Lovell.

    • Very thoughtful reply, thanks for stopping by and sharing your post. I have been to Montana and loved it as well. I tend to politicize a lot of my travels these days whether fair or not. I know that Wyoming is the most sparsely populated of all the states. But they obviously voted in someone who reflected their values. It makes you wonder if there is anyone running for political office who does not have or want to create a business that they can capitalize on while in office. But I guess that’s hardly something exclusive to Wyoming.

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