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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.


This is a response to the person who said that a boycott of potatoes hurts the farmers, not the hunters. TRUE. But the farmers are up there.... in Idaho. They are friends and neighbors, the hunters/farmers. If the farmer feels the hurt from the potato boycott then he/she might pay attention to the message we send and get in the face of the hunter, sayng, "Enough! Your killing the wolf is hurting us too." That's how boycotts are effective.

Well, I don't live in the states, but in Europe... I'm overwhelmed with grief for these beautiful and charismatic animals. I will definitely spread the word that's a promise!

The sad part of this, is the fact that a multitude of those people so eager to go and kill these wolves, are themselves the 'so called proud owners' of a dog. Little if any awareness do they have, that the very same wolves they want to go out and kill, are actually the real ancestors of their dogs ! Pity to those that are basically born brainless... Hopefully someone will see the 'light' and put a stop to these senseless killings ! Besides, is shooting 'ELK' for either profit or so called sport more justified ? Is there not enough food rotting away in our fridges, or wasting away in the Supermarkets ?

Does Gov. Otter think he is deciding the fate of Americas wolves?!?! I am sick of people like him playing like he's some sort of god or something. Don't the wolves have to stand trial before they are found guilty and sentences to death?!?! Nice world we live in!! People rule all. The world suffers for it.

We have long heard the ranchers talk about how much it costs them monetarily to have wolves nearby, the vicious, vile, hated wolf, always placing $$$$ above every living animal species except the domesticated ones they raise for slaughter. Everyone knows how near to extinction the wolves are, how precarious is their continued existence on this planet, but we're told to ignore that & concentrate on all the "harm" wolves do to the non-indigenous ranchers? Concentrate on the "economics" of allowing wolves to live? Just look at how many game animals hunters take each year, yet concentrate on the far fewer animals wolves may bring down doing exactly what they were created to do in order to eat & survive? Ludicrous! Wrong! Humans want everything to get out of their way & make more room for humans. Seems "population control" is a topic only for creatures that were here before humans were! How very egocentric is that?

Perhaps Deana could search for statistics on how many humans wolves have killed in the lower 48, Alaska, or Canada. There's never been a documented case of a healthy, wild wolf killing a human in North America. Threatened, cornered, injured, attacked, any living organism might defend itself, or do anything to escape,to LIVE. Even humans! Why would people be afraid of wild animals like they are? Don't they realize these animals are probably far more afraid of them? And with good reason! We've seen many wolves in the wild, & they are magnificent to behold, incredibly majestic. And, yes, I would still say that if I had been "attacked" by one! The chances of a wolf attacking a human are slim & none unless it's a situation of survival & defense. Same reactions a human would have!

I will not go to Idaho or eat idaho potato

three sides to every story the truth.a lie.and whats between...there's other ways then killing, relocation.fences, management, tranquilizer guns, what the hell??! killing is a sport?? trophy season for stupid people. what exactly do u get out of a dead wolf??clothes??food??put it on a wall.stuff it?? i mean really nature is intended to hunt each other.thats' the purpose of life the vicious cycle of life sometimes. until man steps in and screws the balance all up!

We have always had wolves in Idaho and they did just fine. It was the introduction of the Grey wolves from Canada that caused the current problem. I notice that when someone suggests putting some wolves back in Connecticut there is no response. If we need them in Idaho, why not in the eastern states too. You have lots of deer (and dogs and cats) for them to eat. FoA comments: What current problem? The wolves aren't eating the cats and dogs in Idaho. The so-called conflict is with the cattle and sheep ranchers, and hunters. Here's the solution: stop raising farm animals and stop killing Idaho's wildlife.

I live in Idaho and was happy to see wolved reintroduced here they are magnificent animals, but the are also top predators the kill for sport and education of their young. Not just to eat. Many carcass are left mostly intact. I noticed your spay and neuter message at the top of the page. Hunting wolves (with a limit on kills ) is like a spay/neuter program. They are after all, dogs. If anyone believes that wolves are not vicous preditors that don't need to be controled with out manangement, go to and I dare you to view every single picture on the site. Even if you take a grain of salt with the site, you cannot turn a blind eye to what true preditors do.