ANIMAL RIGHTS group Friends of Animals is threatening Alaska with a national
tourism boycott if the aerial wolf control program goes ahead.
Such a boycott might occur and could be expensive for Alaska's tourism
industry, but the irony is that the people it would hurt most here would
be those most likely to support or sympathize with their cause.
Visitors who come here to hunt and fish would almost certainly come anyway
- and could even be encouraged by publicity about wolves, moose, caribou
and small airplanes- but those most likely to stay away are the eco-tourists.
An animal-rights led boycott would keep business away from those who guide
kayak trips and offer whale watching, bear watching, bird watching and
the rest. Not all eco-tourism operators sympathize with the animal-rights
groups, of course, but the "non-consumptive" visitors that are
the core of their market are the ones most likely to heed the call to
Don't expect Friends of Animals to cancel their boycott in deference to
their human friends; that's not the way they do things.