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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 www.boycott-alaska.org (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 With the permits withdrawn and the hunter-pilot teams grounded, the boycott on travel to Alaska was suspended.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

Comments

Well,I agree with the comments that the wolves as with the other wildlife in Alaska should be left alone. Such a cowardly action to hunt them from the air. We on the planet are a delicate balance and we just keep upsetting it with trying to control Nature! Why don't we have people control to keep them from spreading their ignorance and ruining the planet for everyone else. Boycott, do anything to keep money from going into the state's bureaucrats hands who keep implementing these ridicules programs. Let nature control itself.

Dave, it's Marta, not Martha :) I had already stated that the wolf hunts were inhumane and unneccesary in previous postings. My objections were to the fallacies and probable very honest misconceptions that I saw here because I felt that they hurt your cause to a greater extent than they promoted it. I don't think a tourism boycott is gonna have an impact--as I said before, you're dealing with a whole different kind of tourism and a whole different kind of administration than in 1992. You'd be better off boycotting our oil--that would get Murki's attention as he is just another oil whore like Bush. Think about seeing if the Alaska Tourism Council itself can help out--maybe they'd be willing to print and distribute postcards to the governor's office objecting to the practice. Look into getting a grassroots type of thing going where school children write to Murki. Take advantage of the support that you have in Alaska rather than just concentrating on your negative stereotypes.

marta, sorry about the misspell of your name. you have some good ideas and they should be implemented. jack i did not post my ideas to be offensive. but in my defense i also have 2 college degrees and have played on wall street for the last 28 years, any economic plan laid out correctly will work to make the life of the less fortunate better. but ths is not about finance. it's about the unnecessary slaughter of a defenseless animal. and no posting on a web sight is going to change my mind that this type of behavior is acceptable.it's wrong, you know it's wrong,i know it's wrong and it needs to be stopped,that's the bottom line.

Dave, I hate to start a post like this but look at what you wrote? I don't think you meant it the way it reads but it is truly offensive. As much as some would love to impose your Alaska apartheid on the native and rural population - we will take a pass. Rural Alaskan's don't want welfare or assimilation. Both have been tried and have had devastating effects on the community and culture. .... Regarding bear skulls, it is illegal to sell them except for one limited sale. The state sells skulls of defense of life and property and seized (game violation) bears. The sale is actually well-attended. Your comments regarding the tax base in Alaska show a misunderstanding of how things work here. There is little property tax value in the state outside of major urban areas. Since much of the state is unorganized territory, there is not political entity to assess or collect property tax. Income tax would only further harm the rural population since they have so little cash income to begin with. Your economic assesment of rural native Alaskans is based on a cash economy model. By that standard they are hopelessly poor. However, by a subsistence economic model, some areas are actually quite rich. Others just barely make it. Although i personally question whether this is the best way to go about it, the predator control program is an attempt to increase the meat supply in the affected areas. I have a doctoral degree and live in a large city in Alaska. I wear a wolf ruff on one of my parkas ... and i certainly eat moose ... I don't think anyone would consider me insane although i am certain there are many here who consider me misguided. And yes editor, the wolves, at least those on State land, do belong to Alaska. A fundamental right of all states is to control their natural resources, including their game. You may disagree with the moral underpinnings of this law - but it is the law. j About fundamental rights, Jack, wolves belong to themselves, not you, not the state of Alaska. They're sentient animals, not resources -- despite the state's primitive views , or the stranglehold that a minority of hunters have on Alaska's wildlife policies crafted by an abusive Board of Game. You can defend wolf control for all the lame, erroneous reasons you offer, but don't assume that wolf control opponents don't see through these manipulative arguments. The jig is up.

Visit Alaska -- See Wolves Die. Friends of Animals' tourism boycott in 1992 and 1993 had a walloping impact on public policy; there's no reason to quit now. Electing politicians is the business of Alaskans. Deciding what states or destinations to reward with hard-earned vacation monies is a matter of choice and commitment to doing the right thing. The time is always right to commit to important things in life and this is one of them. In history, boycotts have taken decades, but serious people do not give up, nor do they abandon democratic expression. A travel boycott of Alsaka isn't all we're doing; our legal challenge and other interventions continue. Meanwhile, many residents in the Fortymile region have vigorously opposed the wolf control program there. Although some are moose hunters, they value wolves and bears for cultural reasons. There's considerable opposition to wolf control among Alaska's diverse residents. Friends of Animals will challenge the ethics,legality, science and economics of this contentious issue at every opportunity until the predator control program is cancelled. As one FoA member from Anchorage expressed during a radio interview in Portland, Oregon this week, it's an issue ripe for the next gubernatorial campaign. Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals

I want to thank you from the core of my heart and soul for your dedication, strategic planning and leadership in your quest to protect wolves from this horrifying treatment in Alaska. If it weren't for Friends of Animals, the wolves of Alaska would really be alone. You are the one organization that truly works within the system to help wolves. It's difficult for me to articulate my deepest thanks and praise I have for all your hard work and fees incurred to help wolves. Simply put, you are the wolves' true shepherds and when they howl, I'm sure a part of them howls for you.

i hope your boycott keeps all FOA out of alaska. the misinformation your group puts out by ton about alaskan wolves and the people that mange them is incredible . instead of alaska try the middle east . you keep stressing the point that the goernor in 1992-93 buckled under to your bocott threats. he did and has regretted it ever since! also you keep telling everybody that alaskans twice voted to ban arial wolf management. that may be true , but what you did'nttell every one that much of the prpaganda put out by the foa was plainly false and misleading. finally i would like to ask you why the animal rights industry is not all up in arms about the fact that other states such as arizona and south dakota are conducting their own airial programs to control predators. could it be that alaska is the " cash cow" for animal rights industry groups like the FOA ? [Blog editors' note: What are you smoking?

How can anyone condone the wholesale slaughter of animals of ANY kind is beyond me. Is this really the legacy we want to leave our children? Its ok to NOT protect the wildlife of our planet...?

Pienso que el ego de los humanos por eso hacemos todo el daño que podemos a la naturaleza, no se si éstas personas no entienden que los animales también tienen derechos y que a hacerles daño ellos estamos haciénole daño las futuras generaciones que no van a poder disfrutar de lo bello que tenemos y van a tener que vivir situaciones terribles, ojalá estos correos hagan recapacitar a estos pobre ignorantes

As long as Alaskans insist on the aerial shooting of these beautiful animal beings I will never travel there on vacation and will discourage everyone I know from going. Hopefully tourism has fallen off by now.

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