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Friends of Animals: BOYCOTT IS BACK

February 15, 2006 | Alaska Boycott / Wolves

Darien, Conn -- Friends of Animals just renewed a call to the public to avoid Alaska this travel season.

The recharged boycott follows a ruling by the Superior Court of Alaska that the state's aerial wolf-shooting scheme is invalid. Rather than stop the gunning, the state's Board of Game hastily made up new rules and started offering permits again.

Supporters worldwide can endorse the Alaska tourism boycott by joining the "I'd Rather Be Here Than in Alaska" campaign. Photographs of boycott supporters holding signs reading "Boycott Alaska," "I'd Rather Be Here Than in Alaska," and similar statements will be featured on the webpage (to be activated on 17 February 2006).

The idea, brought to the Friends of Animals' blog by Francis Murray of Juneau, Alaska, follows a lawsuit brought by Friends of Animals and individual plaintiffs which temporarily halted Alaska wolf control in January.

On the 17th of January, the airborne hunting permits were recalled following the Superior Court ruling that the Board of Game failed to follow its own regulations. With the permits withdrawn and the hunter-pilot teams grounded, the boycott on travel to Alaska was suspended.

Needless to say, the Board did not appreciate being told "No." On the 29th of January, the Board called an "emergency" meeting. In addition to repealing all requirements and limitations that apply generally to wolf control -- the basis for the Court ruling that the aerial wolf control scheme was invalid -- the Board also barred related public notice and input.

One-hundred fifty-seven gunners and pilots may now get back in the air, chase wolves to exhaustion, and then shoot them. Having already killed nearly 450 wolves under the airborne hunting permits since 2003, Alaska officials want 400 more dead this season.

Friends of Animals' new webpage will unveil the highs and lows where folks would rather be 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 on the web site.

Or submit photos by mail to:

Friends of Animals
777 Post Road
Darien, CT U.S. 06820


clubbing to death baby seals in Canada Larry. I'm SURE you are aware, the whole world is!!!

You know, many times as I get older, I am ashamed to be human. All we seem to do is kill, slaughter, torture and erradicate all that is beautiful in this world. The wolves live in packs (like families), they love, they feel, they have such beautiful free spirits. How can anyone continue to do such horrible acts to one of God's most beautiful creatures. God help us all if we don't wake up soon. As for me, I will stay far away from Alaska, it would break my heart if I were to come upon a dead wolf shot by humans. And to be so cowardly as to run them to exhaustion and then shoot from the air----they should be damned to hell.

It is cruel kill the wolf they have right to live. We have plans to visit Alaska this Summer,but we canceled. Norma

It just breaks my heart when ever I think or hear about [anyone, even the] (Vice president)anyone hurting or killing any other living thing We all belong to this Earth!

I was thoroughly disgusted to learn that these beautiful animals (wolves) are once again going to being hunted down! When is this madness going to stop. These creatures are a vital part of nature in controlling itself and others. As far as I am concerned Alaska needs to be left alone. It's one of the last places that these animals can live in harmony.

FoA- We all need to be "friends of animals"--ALL animals! That includes moose and caribou. This program is not about wolf control per se, but to increase moose and caribou populations. Wolves primarily predate young animals in the first year of life. Fewer wolves will help them "age up". This is UNGULATE ENHANCEMENT!! :-) [Blog editors' note: Respecting nature's own ways is a matter of respecting the entire, interconnected natural community. The enhancement you propose is actually a matter of human interest, as humans perceive wolves as competition. Nice try, though...]

Human interest is the driving force of ecotours and photo safaris as well. Do you propose these be eliminated to preserve the natural community? [Blog editors' note: It's humans on the cruise ships and bus tours, all hoping to see free-living animals, in nature. No one travels to Alaska to see captive polar bears in the Anchorage Zoo. When state policy hammers the animals that wildlife-watchers respect and hope to view,it's wake-up time for those with their hands out.]

They want to see moose and caribou too! Especially the cute babies the wolves prefer to kill. How many visitors are willing to see that? For many Alaskans, moose and caribou are a food resource and wolves are a clothing resource--RENEWABLE resources at that! [Blog editors' note: Some homo sapiens should have stayed in school.]

Human interest in ecotours and photo safaris, when well-managed, does not conflict with the interests of nonhuman animals. Animals, to the degree they are aware of such benign human activities, would judge them to be in their interest as well. One does not earn the "friendship" of moose or caribou by "aging them up" only to be slaughtered by a human, rather than a wolf. This is human hypocrisy. Bob Orabona Friends of Animals

No, Bob. Hypocracy is claiming to be a friend of an animal and then applying valuations as to which ones are worthy of the friendship. In other words you are artificially elevating the status of wolf relative to other animals.


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