Wolf-Shooting Speeds Up in Alaska;
NY Times Decries 'Savagery of Humans'
of Animals / March 18, 2004
CHICAGO- In a March 14th editorial, the New York Times called
Alaska's war on wolves an example of "the savagery of
humans" and declared, "There's nothing sporting
about deploying an air force to hunt animals." As aerial
wolf-killing in Alaska accelerates, so does the urgency of
citizens across the country organizing Howl-Ins to boycott
travel to Alaska.
Action Volunteers for Animals will be holding a Howl-In at
Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue, from 11am-2pm on Saturday,
March 20th. Chicago joins Cincinnati (OH), Buffalo (NY), Sitka
(AK), Palo Alto (CA), Vashon Island (WA), and Dallas (TX)
in protest this weekend. Howl-Ins educate the public about
Alaska's state-sponsored aerial wolf-shooting program, and
spread the word about our tourism boycott of Alaska.
Since January, 114 wolves have been chased down and shot in
the Nelchina Basin and McGrath regions of Alaska. In the first
week of March, the Board of Game expanded the shooting spree
- now going after bears, and nearly doubling the firing range
in the McGrath area from the original 1,728 square miles to
3,588 square miles. In the second week of March, the Board
opened additional areas encompassing about 20,000 square miles.
The Board also quietly reduced the no-hunting-or trapping
buffer zone outside Denali National Park.
Priscilla Feral, president of FoA, stated: "The Board
of Game is trying to erase 8 years of progressive policy made
under former governor Tony Knowles. These wolf- and bear-killing
schemes show how uncivilized the policy-makers are. They shame
the entire country."
Governor Murkowski, the incumbent who appointed 6 of the 7
current Board of Game members, has ignored the citizens of
Alaska, who have twice voted against these schemes (in 1996
and 2000 voter referenda). In response, protestors have sent
over 80,000 "Boycott Alaska" postcards. Letters,
faxes, emails, and phone calls have come to Governor Murkowski's
office from all over the globe, pledging to boycott Alaska's
$2 billion-a-year tourism industry until the aerial wolf-shooting
Chicago marks the 114th Howl-in.
Starre Vartan / Science Writer
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