PA - As aerial wolf-killing in Alaska accelerates, so does
the urgency of citizens across the country organizing Howl-Ins
to boycott travel to Alaska. Voices for Animal Liberation
will be at the lobby entrance of the East End Food Co-op,
at 7516 Meade St., from 11am-2pm on Saturday, March 13th.
Howl-Ins educate the public about Alaska's state-sponsored
aerial wolf-shooting program, which was recently reinstated
after a ten-year moratorium on the practice, and is being
countered by a tourism boycott.
Since January 2004, at least 100 wolves have been chased down
and shot in the Nelchina basin and McGrath regions of Alaska,
where the state sponsors aerial wolf "control" programs.
In the last two weeks, the Board of Game expanded the shooting
spree to include bears and land in the McGrath area beyond
the original 1,728 square miles, doubling it to 3,588 square
miles, and this week opened additional areas -- encompassing
20,000 square miles
- to wolf "control". The no-hunting
or trapping buffer zone outside of Denali National Park was
also reduced, leaving it sorely inadequate for Denali's wolves.
The Board's decisions have comprised a frontal assault on
the majority of Alaskans, wolves and other free-living animals,
Friends of Animals says.
"These wolf and bear-killing measures, designed to appease
hunters are insane, out of step with modern society, and show
how uncivilized the policy-makers are. The Board of Game is
trying to erase 8 years of compromise, and progressive policy
made under the previous governor, Tony Knowles. It's an international
horror," says Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of
Governor Murkowski, who appointed 6 of the 7 Board of Game
members, has ignored the citizens of Alaska, who have voted
against these programs twice (in 1996 and 2000 voter referenda).
In response, over 80,000 Boycott Alaska postcards have been
mailed, as well as countless letters, faxes, emails, and phone
calls from North Americans and people all over the globe,
pledging to boycott Alaska's $2 billion-a-year tourism industry
until the aerial wolf-shooting stops.
"Doubling the wolf 'control' area in McGrath is likely
to accelerate the number of wolves killed there, and it reflects
the underlying source of the problem- a lack of ethics combined
with faulty scientific reasoning. Although we denounce the
ethical poverty associated with the killing of each wolf,
we note that even the state's scientific reasoning is off
the mark, for the expansion exposes the reality that there
is a smaller number of wolves in the area than the state's
biologists asserted," says Feral.
To date, Pittsburgh marks the 108th Howl-in.
Friends of Animals
777 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
Contact: Priscilla Feral (203) 656-1522 at Friends of Animals
Candice Zawoiski, Voices for Animal Liberation, (412) 370.1998