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Howling Across America to Save Wolves

August 12, 2011 | Wolves / Hunting & Wildlife Management / Free-Living Animals / Take Action
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Like Humans, Wolves Live In Families. Like Humans, Wolves Need Friends.

Wolves display high intelligence, expressiveness, and other characteristics that enable them to maintain sophisticated, family-based social bonds. Without friends defending their rights and interests, the fates of wolves in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and most of the Northern Rockies are thrown to hunters, ranchers and federal agents under the "livestock protection" banner.

Friends of Animals: Howling Across America to Save Wolves
· Tonight (Friday): Wolf Advocate Priscilla Feral on HLN's Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell

· Rallies and Boycotts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

· Legal Appeal for Wolves

Special announcement: Watch Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral as a guest of Jane Velez-Mitchell today on CNN's HLN TV (SEE VIDEO), talking about today's DC Rally for Wolves and efforts to halt the killing. To become a friend to help Friends of Animals protect wolves, donate now.

In April 2011, the U.S. Congress slipped a wolf de-listing rider into the federal budget bill, yanking wolves from the Endangered Species List in the Northern Rockies-where it's estimated that just over 1500 wolves remain.

Said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals: "Removing federal protection and subjecting wolves to more hunting is unconstitutional and unconscionable."

The Rally for Wolves in Washington, DC today to denounce this underhanded de-listing is the first of many rallies in North America.

Members and supporters of Friends of Animals now call for a travel and economic boycott of the states that advocate killing wolves: Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

"We need to put the economic screws to state governments that persecute wolves at the behest of haters," said Feral.

Tags are already on sale in Montana for the shooting of 225 wolves; more than 1000 tags have been sold in the first few days. In Idaho, the bloodbath is slated to begin this month - on the 30th of August.

Friends of Animals' legal experts are now drafting an amicus brief to buttress an appeal before federal Judge Donald Molloy by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians "to preserve both wolves and the rule of law in the Northern Rockies."

Time is of the essence. Support our efforts today. If you can do a Howl-In for your city (international support is welcome), email Dustin Rhodes. Everyone can contact the governors and announce your intent to boycott travel in each state for as long as they continue persecuting wolves:

Wolf Howl-In Demo
Howl-In Washington DC -- August 12, 2011

Governor Butch Otter of Idaho
Office of the Governor
State Capitol
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Phone: 208.3342100
Fax: 208.334.3454
governor@gov.idaho.gov

Governor Brian D. Schweitzer
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-0801

Phone: 406.444.3111
Fax: 406.444.5529
governor@mt.gov

Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming
State Capitol, 200 West 24th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010

Phone: 307.777.7434
Fax: 307.632.3909
governor@wyo.gov

Comments

I wish i had lots of money and lots of land i would save as many Wolves as i possibly could. I had four in my back yard that i raised because someone dumped them when they grew old. Let me tell you.....they are the sweetest animals ever!! Never in any history book will you find where a pure bread wolf EVER attacked a person. We are taking their homes everyday...moving in on their territory! If they attack cattle its because they are hungry! They need to eat to survive just like we do! If your child was hungry wouldn't you do what u could to provide for them to eat!!! I think we have treated them based on stupid books like LITTLE RED RIDDING HOOD too long. We need to stand up for them! They have done nothing wrong!! They have a bad name from books and movies! If you ever get a chance to see one or pet one that someone had please please do. It will make a big impression on you! I promise. I had ages 4 - 64 to come see mine and love on them!! A dog may be your best friend, stay with you and luv you....the only difference is a dog will lay with you till you pass....a wolf knows if you are sad, they are too, unhappy they worry, mad they want to know why....sick they will try to bring u food, water and lick your wonds.....try to keep u alive! Don't get me wrong, dogs are great but people need to realize Dogs are domesticated wolves!! Try to tell the difference in their DNA.....they are so much alike u cant hardly tell the difference! Would you go to your back yard and kill your dog??? Don't go to their yards and kill them!!! Please Please stop the killing. Have a heart!!

this is going to be spread via email until it viral. Let's use the full power of the net to our advantage! It only takes a second to cut and paste! "I am not an activist and I rarely get this worked up about things. I am not one of those nutty people who only see one side of the story and I have studied this issue for years now so please just humor me and read what's happening right under our noses. As most of you know I went to school for wildlife biology and purchased my land in Colorado to be a part of the secondary process of the reintroduction of the gray wolf to the Rockies. I have now had my heart broken by our government's sneaky little rider on the most recent budget bill that de-lists the wolves from the endangered species act. The states on Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho have immediate plans of action in place starting August 30th to begin the eradication of these animals. Please help by raising your voices and letting them know that although they may be far away - we can still affect their bottom line in protest. watch the news real here http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2011/08/12/jvm.wolves.endangered.lis... get the info to get involved here http://www.friendsofanimals.org/news/2011/august/howling-across-ameri.html This is my letter to the governors and then some changes were made to white house version. “I am a consumer of your state’s products. I can not understand how a rider, delisting wolves from the endangered species list, passed on a budget bill but it has and I can’t do anything about that. I understand they are to be summarily shot on sight in some places and are scheduled for termination in others. What I can’t understand is why my government would first fund the re-introduction of the umbrella species that strengthens the ecosystem and then turn around and allow them to be killed. I may not be able to do anything about the budget bill but I can still do something. I am now boycotting all of the products I can find that are sourced in these states and am spreading the word. Cattle ranchers think a healthy wolf population affects their bottom line - watch what the American consumer can do to it when they simply switch to local or say, chicken. I’'ve even changed my dogs diets and am encouraging others to do so as well. I understand Friends of Animals is calling for a boycott of travel to your states - I’m saying we up the effect. I’m not only boycotting foods sourced in your states but in surrounding states as well - just in case they’re just processed there and actually sourced in your state. I have not been so upset by the stupidity of my people in a very long time. Please, please don’t allow this systematic extinction plan to happen. Jennifer Siegrist”

This is my letter to the governors and then some changes were made to white house version. "I am a consumer of your state's products. I can not understand how a rider, delisting wolves from the endangered species list, passed on a budget bill but it has and I can't do anything about that. I understand they are to be summarily shot on sight in some places and are scheduled for termination in others. What I can't understand is why my government would first fund the re-introduction of the umbrella species that strengthens the ecosystem and then turn around and allow them to be killed. I may not be able to do anything about the budget bill but I can still do something. I am now boycotting all of the products I can find that are sourced in these states and am spreading the word. Cattle ranchers think a healthy wolf population affects their bottom line - watch what the American consumer can do to it when they simply switch to local or say, chicken. I've even changed my dogs diets and am encouraging others to do so as well. I understand Friends of Animals is calling for a boycott of travel to your states - I'm saying we up the effect. I'm not only boycotting foods sourced in your states but in surrounding states as well - just in case they're just processed there and actually sourced in your state. I have not been so upset by the stupidity of my people in a very long time. Please, please don't allow this systematic extinction plan to happen. Jennifer Siegrist"

This is an abomination just because a few irate farmers think that a wolf killed a cow. There was no scientific proof on their claims, just a desire to be able to get a gun permit and shoot the wolf into extinction. A wolf is not a dangerous animal. It's very family oriented. You have your alpha male and female, aunts and uncles and pups. The parents go out to find food for their families while the aunts and uncles babysit. The wolf only takes down what he needs, and finishes it to the bone. Nothing goes to waste. They only attack the old, sick, young, which leaves for a stronger herd. God put them here in order to help keep the ecosystem in balance. Each animal has it's purpose, and as far as I know God did not tell Ken Salazar, Obama's Secretary of the Interior, wipe out all the wolves. My plan was stupid. You're a lot smarter. If these farmers are so afraid that a wolf might eat grandma, put up fencing and stop their whining and 'crying wolf'.

I've been so upset about this that not only am I not going to travel to any of those states but I'm boycotting any product I know is produced in these states. They'll get Nothing from me. So I'm digging up research on the web about what each state produces. Here's a good place to start http://stuffaboutstates.com/wyoming/agriculture.htm considering it is, in fact, ranchers that are the problem. My bottom line - I LOVE red meat but I won't be touchin' any of it until this stops.

It seriously is high time to put an END to this ANTHROPOGENIC MADNESS/ECOCIDE!!! JUST END IT!!!

What the hell are these governors thinking!? They must've gone mad with power because no one who has a heart could ever consider shooting a live animal. Especially not for something as trivial as this. I can't believe they would seriously resort to premeditated murder because of a few lost cattle! I am absolutely disgusted... And the ONLY reason why I had ever wanted to visit Wyoming, Michigan, and Idaho was because they had wild wolves there. If the government follows through on this extermination, I not only will have lost interest in going to these states but I will have lost all faith in humanity...

Tammy, I just wanted to say that is a fantastic idea to boycott not only travel in those states but also boycotting products from there! I just told my mom she isn't allowed to buy Idaho potatoes anymore!!! I'm gonna be going through every bag of groceries she brings back from Wal-mart and if i find anything from these states I'm gonna ask her to take 'em back!!!!!!

Is there anything else I can do? I have already written the governors. I want to do more! [Editors' Note: Thanks for supporting a travel boycott of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming with your letters to the governors of these states. Howl-In Wolf Rallies to alert others need to be organized in key spots. Please write dustin@friendsofanimals.org to help create one. Also, any and all donations to Friends of Animals will be used immediately to pay legal costs of court filings and to place ads that defend wolves and their rightful place in the Northern Rockies (and Alaska).

Please, save the wolves!

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