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Wolf Advocates Take Alaska Boycott Drive to the Internet



Darien, Conn. -- Throughout the month of February, activists opposed to Alaska's state-sponsored aerial wolf-killing seek 28,000 pledges supporting a boycott of Alaska tourism.

Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy organization with 200,000 members, notes that the latest plans of Alaska's officials include an intent to kill as many as 1,025 wolves by the end of April. 86 wolves have already been killed this winter.

To intervene in the aerial assault on Alaska's wolves, Friends of Animals organized a boycott of the state's $2 billion-a-year tourism industry. Since November 2003, when the state started allowing hunter-pilot teams to shoot wolves, over 200 "Howl-Ins" have been organized across North America, and in Germany, Japan, and Great Britain. At these events, members of the public can join in the activism and sign individual postcards to Alaska's governor.

Today, Friends of Animals introduces the first Virtual Howl-In.

The Virtual Howl-In will complement Friends of Animals community-based Howl-Ins and enable wolf supporters to enter their names and addresses into an online form on the Friends of Animals website. Friends of Animals will then mail a physical postcard to Alaska's Gov. Frank Murkowski on behalf of each signatory.

The Virtual Howl-In is available at: http://www.friendsofanimals.org/howl-in

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Thoughts from Alaska 08.Feb.2005 09:26

Wild Bill

As a resident of a small village in Alaska, I can tell you there is nothing as magical as seeing a wolf in the wild. My wife and I both voted to ban aerial hunting of wolves here, twice. When the governor reinstated the wolf control program we both were quick to write letters to voice our concerns. Unfortunately, Murkowski is not one to listen to the will of the people. So I support the effort to send postcards to him
hoping that he will change his mind. I do however believe that a boycott of Alaskan tourism will only hurt the companies that have a great respect for wolves and wildlife in general. Most tour companies are small, locally owned and operated with just a quick four months to make enough money for the entire year. I believe the right way to go about changing the predator control policies in Alaska is to put pressure on the big players in tourism. Princess cruises, Holland America and the other large companies are where this energy is best directed to. A general boycott only hurts the little guy thus consolidating the corporate power in Alaskan tourism.