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Friends of Animals calls for Idaho potato boycott after governor vows to participate in wolf massacre

August 24, 2009 | Wolves / Press Releases

Contact: Priscilla Feral
Phone: (203) 656-1522

Even though wolves were only taken off the Endangered Species List in Idaho in May, 2009, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is not only endorsing the proposed trophy hunt this fall, he's vowed to participate in it. He told a group of hunters, "I'm prepared to bid for the first ticket to shoot a wolf myself." The wolf hunt is an apparent effort to boost elk populations for hunters to slaughter, and will begin on September 1, 2009. The permit to kill a wolf costs $11.50-with 220 wolves set to be killed statewide.

Equally dismaying is the fact that Gov. Otter claims to "respect" wolves-making the nonsensical claim, in an interview with The Idaho Statesman, "You can still hate them and respect their cunning and their place in nature."

Friends of Animals' president, Priscilla Feral says, "Gov. Otter's enthusiasm for wolf killing not only demonstrates a complete lack of conscience and understanding of the word 'respect,' it shows a lack of respect for nature and the ecosystem; wolves don't need Gov. Otter-or anyone else-to manage them."

Friends of Animals is calling for a boycott of potatoes grown in Idaho-the largest producer in the United States. One-third of all potatoes are grown in Idaho. Feral adds: "As long as Idaho is in the business of killing wolves, the nature-respecting public should stop buying potatoes there." Look for potatoes grown in Maine, Colorado, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and other states.


From a September 2, 2009 Editorial in The New York Times "To us, the wolf hunt in Idaho and Montana seems indecent. Hunters want to kill wolves because wolves kill elk -- and the human hunters want the elk. A second reason is a love of killing things. A third is an implacable, and unjustified, hostility to the wolf. It is well past time to let gray wolves find their own balance in the Rockies." Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals

You love your meat, but let's not think that the poor, poor animal was slaughtered in order for you to enjoy your meal.... [Blog editors' note: FoA's a vegan advocacy group, Deana, so while we may love potatoes grown outside Idaho, we're not breeding sheep into existence so that they're delivered to a salughterhouse. You can order a copy of the cookbook most recently published by FoA's president, The Best of Vegan Cooking. It may help your ideas evolve. ]

I live in Israel far away from the United States. Yet I have strong feelings concerning the hunting of wolves. Personally I think that the national symbol of the United States should be the grey wolf not the bald eagle. You are very lucky to have this awesome beast still roaming in your countries beautiful national reserves and parks. It would be sad if your children could see this wolf only in the natural history museum alongside the dinosaurs. Efforts must be made to assist farmers who loose livestock to wolves; not by destroying the wolf but by protecting the farmers or compensating them for livestock lost to wolves. Please protect this great symbol of American wilderness and assist those who have suffered from their return to nature. Do not allow them to be hunted they are a great legacy of nature who existed in these beautiful lands before the European settlers came or even the native indians. Respect them protect them they are the jewel of the north American continent. Protect them not only for Americas sake but for the sake of the world. If we lose this great beast mankind will have lost one of the worlds most remarkable predators.

Humans are not the Masters of the Universe, though I know we like to think we are. But that's called delusion. All of the aggressive males who post here who somehow think you are clever and/or making some sort of coherent point: your comments merely affirm the need for a vegan perspective in society. Your comments --- indeed, your loathsome attitude towards all that live and breathe --- point to a state of emergency.

Please get (others) Defender , the Humane Soc., etc. involved in this boycott. The bigger the word gets out the better. What a great idea,if we could notify all animal and wolf groups to notify their members this would be great. I only just found your web site by accident, looking for groups to send the photos of the hunt to. Some groups were not even aware this was going on in Idaho. I HAVE JOINED YOUR BOYCOTT - And believe me I buy alot of Idaho potatoes, that is our main source here where we live. PLEAS GET OTHER GROUPS TO JOIN THIS EFFORT. Thank you. [Blog editors' note: We're counting on those sympathetic to wolves to press other environmental and animal advoacy groups to support the boycott of potatoes grown in Idaho. That's support you help extend to everyone hard at work. Many thanks.]

Hunters need to wake up and be AWARE of how they are living. There is something that's keeping them asleep. Their egos perhaps? Do something proactive with your lives, stop seeing things through a tunnel. Live a constructive life, lead by example, a GOOD example instead of DESTRUCTIVE. Harming nature only harms yourselves!Realize it or your children will.

yes the word is surley is getting out even here in australia and everyone is digusted in you redneck wolf killers, why do humans think they can control mother nature for look at the damage we have already caused from trying to control her, humans are the biggest killer,s in the animal kingdom so should we kill man kind ? not only does he kill but he destroys the planet he lives in what a smart man he is, we will not sit down on this one wolf killers this is a world wide issue now with so many organizations getting involved and people all over the world you will now lose alot more money than what the wolves have cost you and yes its not farmers fault but its also not wolves fault that he eats to survive, let mother nature take her course stop trying to control her it will back fire on you all!!

I too will never purshase potatoes from Idaho again. Hunting wolves is no better than trophy killin. There free dogs!!! No better than vick!

no more idaho potatoes for me, PROTECT THE WOLVES!

I am boycotting ANYTHING grown or made in the States of Montana and Idaho (other than Native-made things, because Natives KNOW respect for other creatures).