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Are They Out of Their Minds in Alaska?

March 08, 2006 | Wolves / Alaska Boycott

You've probably heard about it: They hunt wolves from the air in Alaska. Friends of Animals sued on behalf of the wolves, and in the interest of bringing sanity to Alaska. And the Superior Court said the state's aerial wolf-shooting scheme was breaking the law. But within days, the Board of Game concocted new rules. Hunters are back up in the air -- and out of their minds.

That's why, beginning in the 13 March edition of USA Today, the world will see advertisements reading "If you shoot wolves to save moose, and then you shoot the moose, you're either out of your mind or in Alaska."

Advertisements will also run in other high-profile publications, including The Nation (3 April), The Progressive (May), and Harper's (May).

wolf ad by Friends of Animals
Boycott Alaska ad, appearing in USA Today on Monday, March 13, 2006

"Aerial wolf-shooting has long been a thrill-seeking opportunity," said Priscilla Feral, Friends of Animals president. "But Board of Game members insist that there's a reason for what they enable."

And here it is: Wolves must be gunned down to stop them from killing moose. That way, later on, other hunters can kill the moose. And this is why they're aiming for 400 more wolves this spring.

You can help. Stay in your right mind, and pledge to avoid travel to Alaska.

A gallery of wolf supporters have converged at www.boycott-alaska.com. So far, a hundred people have posted their photos, and more are coming each day to declare: "We'd rather be here 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 at the Boycott Alaska web site.

Comments

I live in Alaska and work in the tourism industry. Our small ecotourism company donates part of our profit to local environmental organizations protecting wilderness and wildlfe. By boycotting tourism, you are hurting small businesses intent on protecting wild resources. THIS IS THE WRONG TARGET! Instead, please direct your well-educated response letters of protest to our new governor: Sarah Palin. Even all of our State Fish and Game Wildlife Biologists disagree with this practice as it is not founded on any solid biological facts or numbers. Now that Frank Murkowski is out of office, we have a chance for change...but please quit your campaign to hurt these small tour operators that depend on wild resources and interact with them respectfully. Thank you, Brooke FoA comments: Wolves are not "resources" -- they are sentient beings. If you and your company care greatly about saving lives, and not just preserving resources, ORGANIZE. Contact everyone you can in the state of Alaska. Put pressure on the entire government. Contact your governor en masse. Report back here with her response. Thanks.

To Alaska boycotters throughout the world. I have one thing to say , - please stay out , we do not want or need you. We do not want or need your opinions in this matter . You have no idea of the impact wolves have on the declining moose population. Stay home and keep Alaska spandex free.

I love the ad and I am trying to make a similar one concerning coyotes and deer in PA. I don't see how people could be so mean hearted as to kill an animal. I certainly won't be visiting Alaska (not that I was anyway- it's too cold) I wish everyone were as sensitive as some are and would try to help save the animals.

I have been looking through many of the letters that this web site's supporters have posted, and I have to say that many of these people don't really know what it's like to live out in the Bush. According to "Bob", the Natives can simply move to a different location in order to find more food to live on. What he doesn't understand is that the Natives don't just live there because it's convenient, they live there because it's part of their way of life. They are trying to keep their traditional culture alive in a world that quickly forgets cultural traditions. The moose and caribou hunt IS their food. There isn't much in the way of plant life except for lichen (what caribou eat - not good for humans) and the occaisional berry bush. Preserving the moose and the caribou herds is not for the "sport" hunters, as Linda Camac believes. It's for the villagers who treat the animals they take with the utmost respect. These people not only need the animals for food, but they hold the animals as very spiritual beings, and thank the spirit of the animal for providing them with food, clothing, and other materials. I personally would be appalled if the government decided to put this policy into action if it was simply to benefit the sport hunters. I don't support sport hunting at all, even though my father is an avid hunter himself. This policy is SUPPOSED to benefit the villagers that hunt to survive. It would be great if there was some alternative, but apparently Fish and Game can't see another way. FoA comments: Maintaining cultural traditions is not an excuse for the needless killing of animals. And as native Alaskan culture has changed considerably over the years -- a cash economy, motorized vehicles, firearms -- the end to the needless killing of animals would only be one more change -- a positive one. And sport hunters greatly benefit from the artificial (certainly not cultural) manipulation of the prey/predator ratio. You should be appalled.

thats mean i don't think they should hurt animals! thats crule and bad and VERY MEAN TO ANIMALS AND NATURE! I JUST HATE IT IF PEOPLE HURT ANIMALS I HATE IT!

The simple fact that they have allowed all this to happen again is just proof of how stubborn they are and how much they really do not care. What ever happened to the old days where we would only kill for food and if the animal was attacking? The best thing we, as animal lovers, can do is educate and petition. The government needs to realize that by shooting and killing wolves, it is really hurting the moose/caribou population. Wolves kill the weak, sick, and old because those animals are the easiest to run down. That leaves us with the healthy so it is a fair trade when you think about it. But, as humans, what we do not understand we kill and eliminate, refusing to learn. Education....the best tool we have at the time.

I think this is outrageous! The slaughter of innocent animals is horrible. This may hurt Alaska's economy. I don't want to visit Alaska or any other state that partrays this kind of cruelness until it stops!

The moose and caribou are not in danger.That is propaganda in order to attempt to justify the baseless slaughter of an endangered species. One that should not have been removed.

I have lived in alaska for 24 years, True, they have lured a dog or two into the brush to feed on, but attack humands, no , not ever. these pro-killing groups talk about loose dogs (maybe mixed with a small amount of wolf) in villages that every spring become over populated because most dogs are not spayed or neutered. the moose population is down becauser of Fish and Game. Railroad and car traffic. SLOW DOWN THE TRAINS IN KEY AREAS, STOP OUT OF STATE HUNTERS FOR A FEW SEASONS, STOP THE FISH AND GAME FROM KILLING 400 COW MOOSE THIS YEAR ALONE ON A OPEN SEASON FOR COWS. HOW MUCH DUMBER CAN EVERY GET.

i'd rather die than see all the wolves go extinct

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