Friends of Animals

Letters to the Editor / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / March 20, 2004

To the Editor,

My friend and I have tried (much in vain) to contact Friends of Animals to confront them regarding their stand against wolf control. The response I received back was a twist of words including them taking my mail signature quote by Aldo Leopold and twisting it around to suit their own needs by inserting the word "wolves" where the word "land" now stands (We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. Aldo Leopold (1886-1948, U.S. forester).

They also haven't enough gumption to let us know who the letters are coming from. They do not sign them! When my neighbor attempted to use the same tactic I had (e-mail), they reported her to hotmail / msn for harassment and she has now been banned from using the company's e-mail. I suppose my point is, can you really trust an organization that won't listen to those who are reaching out? I would encourage others to try to reach them as we have.

They seem not to care about subsistence, another issue raised by the people who live here, but want to cater to the American public, which has this cute fluffy pet ideal regarding wolves. I would appeal to Friends of Animals to stop and listen to what those on the other side of this issue have to say, to stand in McGrath and protest instead of looking in from off in the distance in Sitka handing out cute little postcards of what may, or may not, be wolves. I thank you so much for your time!

Heather Rogers, Student / University of Alaska Fairbanks

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