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Alaska Wolves Public Service Announcement

November 01, 2004 | Wolves

Friends of Animals would like to announce the release of a new public service announcement, now available via Internet. The name of the video is Alaska Wolves.

Alaska Wolves brings to viewers a dramatized scene of aerial wolf hunting. The practice was ended in Alaska in the 1970s, and the state’s residents have actually voted twice to end same-day use of aircraft for public wolf hunting and trapping. Yet pilots in search of prey have come back to haunt North American wolves under the Governor Frank Murkowski’s undemocratic leadership.

It is now clear that the Alaskans who want an end to the hunts need outside support. Alaska seems remote to many, but we believe that people will be motivated to intervene on behalf of the wolves once the world sees what is happening.

We have set up a special donation page, and we ask for your help to further our efforts to save Alaska Wolves.

If you are a member of the media and are interested in airing this public service announcement copies can be made available upon request. Please email us at info@friendsofanimals.org.

Friends of Animals would like to thank the following individuals who contributed to the creation of this public service announcement: Chooi-Leng Tan, Todd Kuehnl, Arnold Gallardo, Scott Moran, Nathan Searles, Barbara LaRue, Leo Keeler, Dorothy Keeler, and Josh Schaerti.

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www.ktuu.com Skinned-out animals found near Knik River
Monday, March 7, 2005 - by Lynn Melling Palmer, Alaska - A Mat-Su man discovered more than two dozen skinned carcasses in a pile along the Knik River this weekend, about a quarter-mile from the Old Glenn Highway. It was apparently a trapper#8217;s cache and, according to Alaska State Troopers, it#8217;s not uncommon to find such piles at this time of year. For someone not familiar with trapping, it was hard to determine what kind of animals these were. For Ed Krueger, who describes himself as #8220;hardly#8221; an animal rights activist, the discovery was difficult to stomach. #8220;My friend and I were out walking our dogs and happened to come across it,#8221; Krueger said. #8220;Even my dog wouldn#8217;t touch these.#8221; It was a sickening surprise. #8220;I counted at least 35. They're all intermingled underneath here, and it#8217;s hard to really, I'm not going to pull them apart, but I counted at least 35.#8221; The animals were skinned for their furs. #8220;It's disgusting. It's unbelievable,#8221;Krueger said. John Frey, a deputy officer with Mat-Su Animal Care and Regulation, said a trapper apparently picked this spot to dump the animal remains, also called a trapper#8217;s cache. #8220;You got everything from coyotes, these big guys in here are wolves,#8221; Frey said. #8220;Right now, I guess, I was told the heads are going for about $100 a skull.#8221; They all appeared to be fur-bearing animals that can be legally hunted. #8220;It looks like this guy did quite well on his trap line,#8221; said Douglas Massie of the Alaska State Troopers. For Krueger, it was a disturbing discovery. But troopers say it is not uncommon or even illegal for trappers to dump the carcasses of animals in a public place. #8220;Obviously, you can't dump it in a public park or designated state park,#8221; Massie said, but he admits the trapper could have picked a better place, rather than this heavily used recreational area. Krueger said he#8217;d like to see these animals buried. #8220;At least show some sort of respect for life.#8221; While state hunting and trapping laws weren#8217;t violated here on the banks of the Knik River, one man believes that, legal or not, there should have been a better way to deal with these animals after the hunt. At the Board of Game meeting Monday, several trappers themselves said this kind of disposal casts a bad shadow on all trappers. They said they wish whoever disposed of these animals would have used a little more discretion. Troopers said they plan to just leave the carcasses for birds and other animals to eat, and the pile should be nothing but bones in a few weeks.

Mike, You may eat those you kill, but wolves are not killed to be eaten. In addition, it is inappropriate to apply an ecological term like #8220;food chain#8221;#8212;take note, contemporary scientists prefer the term #8220;food web#8221;#8212;to humanity. Hunting is ecologically harmful; free-living nonhumans did not co-evolve with the weapons and machinery used by hunters. It is human interference that is disrupting the ecological harmony on the Alaska tundra. The view that humans are at the top of some competitive hierarchy is not only ecologically disruptive, but also socially unjustifiable. As Priscilla Feral has pointed out, #8220;Humanity's grandiose view of our role in the universe would shift if we saw ourselves as a food source.#8221; Because humans have the means to dominate and exploit other animals doesn#8217;t excuse the inherent violence. Killing wolves to make moose hunting more convenient is an unethical waste of life and resources. We can all live a life that eschews violence and domination by adopting a vegan lifestyle. Only 14 percent of Alaskans are hunters. The majority of Alaskans have twice voted to ban the same day use of aircraft for hunting and trapping wolves. Anyone who doesn#8217;t like what is being done to wolves in Alaska has every right to protest against it. Daniel Hammer,
Friends of Animals

To the Post, Reading over the articles and message board has been like poking myself in the eye. I can definatly tell how this board is ran, good job. People need to be heard and you sensor it for your gain. I am a 22 yr alaska resident born raised and subsisted from the land for over 20 years, living as nature intended. I live on Alaska garden veggitation from the summer months and I eat moose caribou ptarmigan rabbits and salmon to name a few. The wolfs do eat moose calfs and I've seen first hand kills. Plural kills. I love wolfs, and I am an owner of one. These animals are not in any type of animalcide. The way Alaskas' wild habbitate has been and is, works great. God gave man dominion over the animals. So please stay out of my life and Alaska. Thank you, William Hobart, and Family

As long as Alaska is part of this world that we all share, NO one owns it. So to those who do live there and claim that those of us who do not have no say in what happens, I feel I must remind them that as long as they remain located in the same planet as the rest of us (and last time I checked, Alaska was still part of this planet) we ALL not only have a right to voice our opinions but a responsibility to do so. I have this right (and responsibility) and will not give it up merely because some may wish I would do so as my views obviously differ and upset. This is especially true for people like myself who believe that God granted us stewardship not "dominion" over the non-human animals. One more time for the record: HUMANS ARE ANIMALS. If God really granted us "dominion" over the animals, would he have created us as such? It is He who has the one final dominion.

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