CT - In less than two months,
70 Howl-Ins -- protests by local people opposing Alaska's
state-sponsored aerial wolf-killing -- have rallied the United
States and Canada. From Native Americans to Florida snowbirds,
from elementary school students to psychologists: All
are telling Alaska's Governor Murkowski that wolf-killing
is a national disgrace, and tourism to Alaska will be boycotted
until it ends.
Murkowski's response to the tens of thousands of people
who have mailed Friends of Animals postcards in support
of the tourism boycott has been unsatisfactory. Murkowski
has mailed promotional Alaska travel literature to those
who have joined the boycott, wasting taxpayer's money.
the face of this official insensitivity, people from all walks
of life are demonstrating strength and determination on behalf
of the wolves.
Americans have had a strong presence in organizing Howl-Ins
from the beginning. Tom Blue Wolf of Earthkeepers in
Talking Rock, Georgia states, "Wolves
are the epitome of the wild spirit. Many believe that
the true test of America's sincerity about protecting
the environment will evolve around whether or not the
wolf remains protected and free."
Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, New Jersey, the Loki
Clan in Conway, New Hampshire, and the Wild Spirit Wolf
Sanctuary in Ramah, New Mexico have also sponsored Howl-Ins.
Cougar of Wild Spirit gave up a normal life to open the
preserve after sustaining injuries from a mauling by
a wolf-dog hybrid. His grandfather, of the Muscogee tribe,
told Cougar to take the injury as 'medicine'. "We are all spiritual beings; some are doing a wolf walk,
others are doing a human walk, we are all the same," says Cougar.
a Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Yale, a dance
troupe signed postcards, and at a Publix Supermarket
in Spring Hill, Florida a group of 12-year olds asked
passers-by to help them keep Alaska from killing wolves. During
the Super Bowl, vegans of Washington, D.C. filled out
cards to send to Governor Murkowski.
New Orleans on Sunday, February 15th, people at the Mystic Krewe Dog Parade
will spread the word about the machine-gunning of wolves in Alaska.
specific details regarding the first 70 Howl-Ins, to
see when and where new ones will be happening, for ideas
on starting a Howl-in, and to see the names of over 80
groups supporting the travel boycott, visit http://www.friendsofanimals.org/wolves/list.htm