Scott Moran / Friends of Animals / December 9, 2004
Anchorage, AK - Bringing an international intervention on behalf of Alaska's
wolves' right to their territory, Friends of Animals has produced a new,
60-second television spot. Created by a team of designers and media
specialists from around the world, the television spot contains recent
Alaska headlines and live wolf footage. 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 pilot-gunner teams have killed over 150 wolves since the permit scheme
started up last year. 2005 may be far more deadly for Alaska's wolves, with
580 slated to be shotgunned from aircraft. The territory for hunters has
expanded, and now includes a portion of Alaska that is as large as the
entire state of Maine.
Yet these activities occur out of the sight of the very residents who have,
in the past, voted to end it.
Now, this will change. The television spot will begin airing throughout
Alaska and in Oregon, beginning Friday, December 10, and will run throughout
the winter months. "The ire of Alaskans has stopped a similar scheme
before, and Alaskans will be a critical force now," said Scott Moran,
regional project coordinator for Friends of Animals. "It is up to us, as
Alaskans, to bring this intervention directly to the desk, the telephone,
and the fax machine of our governor."
Friends of Animals has also continued the tourism boycott, aimed at
pressuring Murkowski to halt the practice. Various "Howl-Ins" -- vigils
that fill the air with the recorded calls of wolves, at which visitors sign
postcards to Frank Murkowski -- will be held around the State in the near future. One Howl-In will take place at the Capitol Building in Juneau, on
Thursday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m.
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