liked Amanda Coyne's article ("Hunting the hunters," April
15-21) about wolf hunting. However, she describes the Alaska
Wildlife Alliance as being an animal rights organization.
Some of us do feel that if animals had some kind of legal
standing, they would not be considered expendable commodities at the whim of
whoever has the ability and willingness to destroy them. Nevertheless, as a
group, we are a wildlife environmental advocacy organization.
None of our literature is animal rights, anti-hunting or even non-hunting. Our
wildlife values are the same as those of the majority of Alaskans. We take an
ecosystem approach to wildlife management and challenge any action that threatens
to upset the ecological balance. Our staff and board consist primarily of wildlife
biologists. We take a scientific stance when developing our policies and
do not put the welfare of wolves or bears above moose, caribou or elk.
some organizations and journalists feel they can get away
with calling us animal rights and anti hunting in an attempt
to marginalize us, the fact remains that we are neither.
Our credibility and reputation rests on our use of science
as the basis for our work. This letter is part of our ongoing attempt to set
the record straight.
Maury Mason, Executive Director / Alaska Wildlife Alliance