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Friends of Animals and In Defense of Animals Howl in Portland, Oregon for 580 Imperilled Wolves

December 09, 2004 | Wolves

Portland, Oregon -- On Sunday, Dec. 12, Oregon activists will howl in outrage over Alaska's refusal to stop gunning down wolves.

Advocates will gather from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square at Southwest Broadway & Yamhill, as Friends of Animals (FoA) and In Defense of Animals (IDA) host one of the more than 46 new Howl-Ins for cities across North America.

At a Howl-In, a recording of wolf howls fills the air while volunteers collect signatures on post cards -- cards which will later be sent to Frank Murkowski. Each card is a pledge to boycott travel to Alaska until the wolf-killing ends.

At the same time as the Portland Howl-In, a television station will air FoA's 60-second video on the Alaska Boycott campaign. The video will air from Friday, December 10 through Monday, December 13, during the 6:00 news broadcast on Portland's NBC affiliate station. The video is also available for download on the FoA Web site at www.friendsofanimals.org.

The video represents the flight of one pilot-hunt team in Alaska. These teams are encouraged, through an official permit system, to take off for the habitat of wolves, swoop low to the ground, and chase and kill wolves. These teams have killed over 150 wolves since this permit scheme started up.

Although we oppose all killing methods, we note that this method of killing wolves had not been used since the late 1980s and is normally illegal in Alaska. But in spite of votes in which Alaskans opted to end same-day use of aircraft for public wolf hunting and trapping, the killing permits have Governor Frank Murkowski's approval.

Last year, outraged when the state instituted this wolf-killing scheme, over 200,000 people pledged to boycott Alaska's $2 billion-a-year tourism industry. But this winter, Alaska's aerial wolf shooting has started up again, with a current target of up to 580 wolves.

Nathan Searles, of Friends of Animals in Portland, observed: "Holiday shoppers will be out this weekend, and we will motivate them to take a stand for these wolves."

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Bernice -- If you will help us organize a Howl-In for Los Angeles, that would be wonderful. Our Web site lists the Howl-Ins underway, along with information on organizing one. Contact Daniel at: hammer@friendsofanimals.org for assistance. Many thanks, Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals

I live in Arizona But I will be howling right along with you all. Good Luck. To the Wolves Howwwwwwwwwl

The permit scheme which you refer to has been instituted by Alaska's Board of Game as an effective means of lowering the number of wolves within an area that has become grossly overpopulated. This is rural Alaska, where the people still live a subsistence lifestyle. The moose population has been devistated by the overabundance of wolves. The only effective way to cover hundreds of square miles and reduce the number of these predators is with aerial hunting. Keep your howl-ins and your threats of tourism boycotts to yourselves. Don't put your uneducated beliefs ahead of basic science.

Todd, The Alaska Board of Game issues aerial wolf-killing permits to make the hunting of moose more convenient. The Board's job is to promote hunting opportunities. The wolves are not "grossly overpopulated" as you claim. According to the Alaska Department Fish of Game the problem is a low adult moose bull:cow ration caused by hunters. Wolves are being killed "to allow prey species to increase to population management objectives" in "areas managed for high consumptive use". Given that the Board and Department's missions are to promoting hunting -- not ecosystem health -- these agencies use specious "wildlife science" to justify hunting. The predator-killing programs are being offered because wolves and bears compete with hunters. It has always been the mission of "game management" agencies to strive for "maximum harvest density". If a healthy ecosystem was the goal of these agencies they would ban hunting. If the moose population has been devastated it is because of moose hunter, not the wolves.

we are wolves.

Dale, the number one predator are humans..we invaded their territory...why do you hate animals?

please think people on what actions u do, as discovery and animal planet always says that " this the need not greed which takes us places , as its not that we can go shopping on some other planet!!"" so please stop this

Just what is it the way some humans think! To use the phrase "it's just a sport". To kill another living creature. It is not man's decision to decide who lives or dies. Every living thing has a right to survive. It is all part of the eco system. Nature has a way to control species, through desease, natures predators and weather. Not planned aireal shoots "just for an adrenalin rush". Nothing macho about this act of violence towards another living creature.

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