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Are They Out of Their Minds in Alaska?

March 08, 2006 | Wolves / Alaska Boycott

You've probably heard about it: They hunt wolves from the air in Alaska. Friends of Animals sued on behalf of the wolves, and in the interest of bringing sanity to Alaska. And the Superior Court said the state's aerial wolf-shooting scheme was breaking the law. But within days, the Board of Game concocted new rules. Hunters are back up in the air -- and out of their minds.

That's why, beginning in the 13 March edition of USA Today, the world will see advertisements reading "If you shoot wolves to save moose, and then you shoot the moose, you're either out of your mind or in Alaska."

Advertisements will also run in other high-profile publications, including The Nation (3 April), The Progressive (May), and Harper's (May).

wolf ad by Friends of Animals
Boycott Alaska ad, appearing in USA Today on Monday, March 13, 2006

"Aerial wolf-shooting has long been a thrill-seeking opportunity," said Priscilla Feral, Friends of Animals president. "But Board of Game members insist that there's a reason for what they enable."

And here it is: Wolves must be gunned down to stop them from killing moose. That way, later on, other hunters can kill the moose. And this is why they're aiming for 400 more wolves this spring.

You can help. Stay in your right mind, and pledge to avoid travel to Alaska.

A gallery of wolf supporters have converged at So far, a hundred people have posted their photos, and more are coming each day to declare: "We'd rather be here than in Alaska." Pictures are arriving from individuals and groups near iconic landmarks and destinations, lines at local banks and post offices, and packed subway cars.

"I'd Rather Be Here than in Alaska" pictures can be submitted electronically at the Boycott Alaska web site.


Wolf kills in the wild are usually infrequent and may take place only once every few days. Unlike us, they don't have the luxury of choice and may pursue a single animal for days, over many miles of frozen tundra. In this light, I find it hard to believe that wolves are responsible for elk declines as certain organizations claim. Indy makes a good point, I wonder how many of the kills blamed on wolves were actually scavenged from corpses left behind by sport "hunters". It's sickening but not surprising that instead of acknowledging the problem of overhunting, the state prefers to scapegoat wolves. That said, I feel that it is really counterproductive to insult posters with differing opinions. Perhaps your organization should engage them in civil discussion instead of sarcasm, because that never achieves anything positive. FoA comments:It debatable as to whether the occasional sarcastic comment is counter-productive or productive. FoA bases its responses on its decades of experience dealing with wolf-killers. It is difficult to have a civil discussion with those promoting or engaging in the uncivil act of killing wolves, but we do try.

I came to this website because I wanted to learn more. But now I'm just disappointed and angry because you're making it seem like everyone in Alaska wants to kill the wolves. And all the people that are saying they're not going to visit here now, that's just stupid. Alaska is a beautiful amazing state! Yes, there's dumb rednecks who only care about the size of the bear they kill or the size of their truck but there's also many people who actually care about the state! And want to save the wolves so yeah I'm just kind of rambling but whatever. People are stupid. FoA comments: It's not our impression that all Alaskans want to kill the wolves. We know that it's only a small minority that does. The future of Alaska and the wolves depends on the majority of Alaskans, but the majority must actively campaign against the wrong-headed, mean-spirited policies of its government.

We in Florida want to picket any McCain or Palin visits. We were hoping for posters like above. Does anyone know how we can get them? We don't intend for this woman to take charge of our gov't and considering McCain's age it is totally possible, without the world knowing what she is.. Can you just picture a confrontation between Putin and Palin?

The problem with animal abuse is that 70 percent of all conservatives believe in creationism. Creationists believe that animals do not have souls nor did humans evolve from cave men...(or ape like creatures). What a shame the Church is promoting this ignorant mindset which keeps us humans separated. Divide and Conquer is a well knows tactical maneuver. Those educated people will remember that Galileo was imprisoned when he told the Church the Sun was the center of our solar system so for all you out who are creationists, please stop and rethink so we can have a better world for our children.

yes i think wolves are beautiful animals beacause they are and they should stay here in west yellow stone beacuse they came before us when the whites people of the west took it away from the so they should stay here . we should live them alone and let them do what eer they want.

well i live in Alaska and have video tape that i tried to post to you tube of a pack of wolves chasing down 9 baby caribou killing them and running off not one was eaten i came back 5 days later and 7 of them where laying right where they where left by the wolves but to many wolf loving bleeding hearts had my video removed. see you think wolves are these beautiful magical creatures when in all actuality they are the apex predator in Alaska because of how they hunt and the fact that they only eat a small portion of there kills from the caribou herds. now on to point two please keep your wolf loving hearts out of our state we manage our wildlife just fine. we have wolves eating puppy's out of peoples back yards where the wolves are moving into populated areas. i wish there was something else we could do with our problem animals but it is just not cost effective to do so the state allows for people to fly over and CONTROL the population of wolves. and to all of you who don't want to come to Alaska because we kill wolves from the air you can stay out of Alaska because you are not welcome here. also i dare you to look at a REAL Alaskan wolf in action and still call them beautiful animals. being born and raised here watching what they did to those animals has changed my views of them as a predator. wolves are best when skinned and laid next to the fire place to curl up and get warm with. sorry i cant find beauty in something so vile and so evil as wolves. if i had only one wish it would be that you look at both sides of the book not just the cover. and to all of those who think that staying out of Alaska will cause a financial hardship for Alaska i would just like to remind you of our oil pipeline and the dividend we get every year. take your money and stuff it we don't want it FoA comments: By your same reasoning, humans are the ugliest animals in the world -- far uglier than wolves -- as humans cause more misery and damage than any other animal in the world. Hard to argue with that, but here's the difference. Humans can choose to act differently. Wolves cannot. Of course, some humans are uglier than others and you seem to fit that bill. Even people outside of Alaska know that wolves and other predators kill animals and that it is not pretty. Seeing it on video isn't really important.

Not to mention that some of these efforts are controlling wildly expanding wolf populations that are imperiling other wildlife that people that live in the bush DEPEND ON TO SURVIVE! I know that most people who live in the lower 48 seem to think hamburger magically appears in the supermarket and that it doesn't involve killing of an animal; that all food is found on a store shelf and no one needs to hunt or do that "evil deed" themselves. I understand, also, that these people have absolutely NO CONCEPT of self-sufficiency or what it means to truly live off the land. These people also come across either ignorant of the reasons for these actions or simply ignore them because they are apathetic to them. I have no hatred of wolves, they are beautiful and majestic creatures, no doubt. But as we live on this planet with animals and we alter their lives, we have to be mindful of what our actions do & cause. If you are so against the culling of the wolf population to protect other animals and the herds that are protected for hunting purposes (btw- we have some of the strictest laws when it comes to taking ALL of the useable meat in the nation, what about where YOU live?!), and to ensure that these other animals ALSO have a chance to survive and thrive, why is that so objectionable?! Why is it that culling their numbers to less destructive levels is so vile, yet our actions putting wolves in a position, if unchecked, to eradicate entire herds of other animals so that the literally cease to exist in those areas is somehow worthy of applause? On one hand, direct action that will not threaten the survivability of the wolf as species in this area and on the other the indirect action that could likely end with the complete destruction and eradication of other animal species… So what is the so wrong and evil about that first option, but ok about the alternative?! Humans are apart from the standard animal kingdom that we live among, there's no denying this. We have a greater mental capacity to create, improvise, and invent. We have both the right AND responsibility to be good stewards of the world, no doubt- but this doesn't mean degrading ourselves to the point where we consider ourselves a cancer or blight on the world. What a sick and warped view of humankind (yourselves included, you realize) that is!


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