Mont. - The public outcry over the aerial-killing of wolves
has brought worldwide disgrace to Alaska, where private citizens
have used official permits to shoot wolves from airplanes, killing
more than 140 wolves: 20 wolves near McGrath, and 120 in the
Nelchina Basin region near Glenallen. Alaska's wolf "control"
program ends April 30, and is slated to resume next winter.
Priscilla Feral, president of the U.S.-based Friends of Animals,
states: "Alaska's wolf-killing schemes shame the entire
Members and supporters of the group continue to lead a boycott
of Alaska's $2 billion tourism industry until the aerial-shooting
program is cancelled.
From Naples, Florida to Osaka, Japan, people will gather from
Thursday to Sunday (22-25 April) to support the wolves' interest
in life and freedom as the world celebrates Earth Day.
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies will host a Howl-In this Thursday,
22 April, at the University of Montana courtyard from 10 am
until 2 pm. Other U.S. Howl-Ins will be held in California,
Arizona, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Mexico,
Massachusetts, and Colorado.
At more than 150 Howl-Ins to date, people have signed postcards
pledging to boycott travel to Alaska until the wolf-killing
is stopped. 94,000 "Boycott Alaska" postcards have
been distributed; numerous e-mails, phone calls, and letters
have reached Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski from people who
endorse the Friends of Animals tourism boycott. Meanwhile, in
the legal arena, on the 26th of March, Friends of Animals challenged
the Alaska Board of Game on the "biological data"
employed to approve aerial-gunning of wolves.
Howl-Ins will continue until 30 April 2004, the last official
day of Alaska's aerial wolf-shooting program, and they will
resume if the wolf 'control' resumes in the winter snowfalls.
Friends of Animals Contact: Suzanne Garland (203) 656-1522;
cell (203) 273-8079
Local Contact: Alliance for the Wild Rockies (406) 721-5420