4, 2003, the Alaska Board of Game and Department of Fish and Game
voted to reinstitute aircraft-assisted killing as a method of suppressing wolf
populations at artificially low levels for the convenience of moose hunters.
The hunters force the wolves to run for their lives, and the wolves never win.
There have not been any such state-sponsored aerial control programs in Alaska
since the late 1980s, and Alaskans voted by wide margins in 1996 and 2000 to
end aerial-assisted wolf hunting and trapping.
This campaign supports an economic tourism boycott of Alaska -- to help change
public policy, and to put economic pressure on the people responsible for establishing
it: Governor Murkowski's administration.
of Animals (FoA) initiated a successful tourism boycott a decade ago that resulted
in then-Governor Walter J. Hickel imposing a moratorium on wolf control
in 1992. During that boycott, Friends of Animals launched 53 demonstrations
called "howl-ins" in 51 cities around the country.
Demo for One or One-hundred
A "Howl-In" is a protest against the state-sponsored aerial wolf-shooting
program in Alaska. At these events, we distribute postcards for the public
to sign and deposit into a mailbox (or mailbag) as "Special Delivery
for: Governor Frank Murkowski, Alaska." The message on the postcard is
a pledge to boycott travel to Alaska until the wolf "control" program
is cancelled. After the event is over, either mail all the postcards
in a box to Gov. Murkowski's office in Juneau, or return them to:
of Animals 777 Post Road Darien, Connecticut 06820
FoA will send
a bag of postcards to the governor by UPS.
This demo can be as effective for one person as for 100.You might think
of it as collecting signatures for a petition drive. When people inquire,
offer them FoA's Wolf Fact Sheet and kindly ask them to sign one of the
petition postcards and deposit it into the mailbox/shipping box .
Don't forget to play the howling wolves CD or tape described below. It
will draw attention to the cause. Feel free to spice things up a bit. Some
* Bringing a friendly
dog who will "HOWL" along with the
CD, perhaps wearing a small sign reading, "Please don't shoot my cousins." Do
this only if your dog, or the dog of someone you know, is used to and
enjoys interactions with strangers in the context of your chosen location.
* Adding a New Year's touch. Create a few handmade signs reading, "Begin
the New Year by boycotting tourism to Alaska" or "Let
Alaskan wolves have a healthy New Year." Ask people to take a New Year's
pledge to boycott Alaska.
Selecting a Location
Choose a location that
is easy to find, with convenient transportation options. Ensure that
you can legally hold the protest at the time and place you want.
You may also need to get a permit to hold a protest. A general guide
regarding the right of free speech to which we are all entitled appears
below. The guide cannot cover every situation or location, and should
not be construed as legal advice. Always check with your local Police
Department or City Hall.
Friends of Animals will provide you with a Howl-In Package, which
* Posters (must be mounted)
* Educational material
* CD or cassette tape of howling wolves (let us know
which format to send)
* Sample "letter
to editor" * News article on the issue.
You will need to provide:
*Battery operated CD
or cassette player
* Table (optional)
* Clipboards (optional)
for poster mounting
to make your own mailbox:
Simply take a square or rectangle
cardboard box (paint it if you like) and attach it on top of a
longer thinner cardboard box; check for balance and weight inside
bottom if necessary. Pull one flap down on the top square/rectangle
box to create the opening to the mailbox. Add Governor Frank Murkowski's
name to the side of your mailbox. You may even want to add a red
mailbox flag. (As an alternate, you may use a pillowcase as a mailbag,
again marked for delivery to Alaska. Use a permanent marker if
it will get wet so the lettering won't run.)
Friends of Animals will contact local media to interest them
in covering your campaign. Know the issues (we have included
a representative news article in the packet). You may also encourage
news coverage on your own. Additionally, FoA will also notify
national press organizations/media about your event. Please make
sure we are provided with your spokesperson's name and phone
Almost all newspapers run Letters to the Editor and some publish reader's
columns on their opinion pages. Many papers also have "Speak Out" phone
lines where readers may voice opinions. Investigate your options,
and use these media outlets to advance the cause.
A Few Tips
Remember, when you're presenting an animal rights point of
view, your appearance and actions must reflect your concern.
Cynics are swift to notice and take advantage of inconsistencies.
Dress neatly. Society has many prejudices, and, despite the old adage,
people do judge a book by its cover. By adjusting your clothing to
the style of your audience, you connect with their lives and experiences.
Rather than being distracted by your appearance, people will hear your
If you have any questions please contact us at Howl-In@FriendsofAnimals.org
Good luck, and thank you for caring about the interests of free-living
wolves in one of the few places they can still enjoy freedom.
Regarding Free Speech:
The right of free speech in the United States protects expression and
communication of all sorts, including picketing, leafleting, marching
to City Hall, or gathering signatures.
The right of free expression is not an absolute right to express ourselves
at any time, place, or manner. For example, we do not necessarily have
a right to drive through a community at midnight with loudhailers.
While we may have the right to march on a city street, we may not have
the right to decide the exact time or route. The government has the
authority to make reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner
of certain speech activities if there is a compelling reason to do
so. On the other hand, the government cannot make regulations merely
because it does not like the message of the speaker.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that public streets, sidewalks,
and parks are "traditional" public fora. Generally speaking, the government
can regulate the time, place, and manner of speech in a traditional
public forum only to ensure that other peoples' rights to use
the streets, sidewalks, and parks, are not disrupted. But the speaker
is not responsible for the presence of hecklers or angry listeners.
Generally, people are free to speak as they please on sidewalks.
No permit is required even if a large crowd gathers. It is a good
idea, however, to encourage those gathered to leave space for passersby.
Orderly sidewalk picketing and handing out leaflets are perfectly permissible.
Because they usually do not cause traffic problems, a permit is generally
not required. Picketers are not required to keep moving but may remain
in one spot as long as they leave room on the sidewalk for others to
Public parks are our most traditional public fora. Currently, state
park regulations may require reservations or permits for large demonstrations
and rallies or for the use of sound equipment. Apply for a permit from
the city, county, or state parks department in advance of your event.
A city may put limits on the volume of sound equipment (measured by
decibel level) or limit the use of sound equipment to certain times
or certain areas for purposes of traffic safety or community tranquility.
The city may require a use permit for sound equipment.
Do not request money; that is strictly regulated by the Secretary of
Free speech activities may ordinarily take place on the sidewalks,
grounds, and other public areas of government buildings. Officials
may restrict the times, locations, and manner of free speech activities
as long as the restrictions are reasonable and do not unduly hamper
the speech activities. In some instances, a use permit may be required.
There are no regulations prohibiting free speech activities at post
offices but flyers or handbills cannot be posted on postal property.
school administrators do not allow non-students to distribute literature,
hold rallies, or engage in other expressive activity on school grounds.
But picketing or leafleting near school grounds (for example, the
public sidewalk in front of the school) is constitutionally protected.
Under federal law, private landowners historically have had the right
to prevent anyone from speaking or demonstrating on their property.
A person refusing to leave after being asked to do so could be prosecuted
for trespassing. Although the U.S. Constituútion may not grant
us free speech rights (such as signature-gathering) at shopping malls,
some state constitutions do. Other types of activities, however,
such as handing out leaflets, picketing, or giving speeches, are not
protected. People wishing to gather signatures for an initiative may
be required to get permission from mall management.
Demonstrators are encouraged to abide by reasonable rules. They
should not harass passers-by or cause unreasonable disruptions.
If you are instructed not to speak, demonstrate, or engage in some
other expressive activity -- whether by a law, a police officer, or
other government official -- you should know that continuing to engage
in the activity may result in criminal charges, even if the charges
are dismissed later.