Osaka, Japan -
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.
Feral, president of the U.S.-based Friends of Animals,
wolf-killing schemes shame the entire country."
and supporters of the group continue to lead a boycott
of Alaska's $2 billion tourism industry until the aerial-shooting
program is cancelled.
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
Dee of Wolf Network Japan will host a Howl-In this Sunday,
25 April, at the Osaka Business Park (OBP) Twin 21 Gallery.
This follows two days of protest last weekend in Tokyo.
Japanese tourists are one of the largest groups of international
tourists to Alaska. U.S.-based Howl-Ins will be held in
California, Arizona, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina,
Massachusetts, and Colorado.
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.
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, Isabelle