Anchorage, Alaska - This Thursday, Anchorage residents will join Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy organization, in the 50th Howl-In to intervene in the killing of up to 580 wolves by the end of April 2005.
On Thursday, 23 Dec., wolf supporters gather at Key Bank Plaza on 5th Avenue in Anchorage from 10am to 3pm displaying posters announcing that "Alaska is planning a heart-stopping wildlife spectacle" and showing a wolf in a rifle's cross-hairs. Residents will be asked to sign postcards addressed to Alaska's Gov. Frank Murkowski. Each postcard is a pledge of solidarity for a boycott on travel to Alaska until the wolf-killing program is canceled.
Friends of Animals points out that Alaskans have twice opposed same-day use of aircraft for wolf hunting and trapping (in 1996 and 2000 voter referenda); yet the killing permits have Murkowski's approval.
"This holiday season, Alaskans ask friends and family from outside Alaska to stay home until the repugnant wolf-killing scheme is cancelled," said Scott Moran, of Friends of Animals.
Similar events have been held in Sitka, Alaska, and even the foyer of the Alaska State House in Juneau. On 16 Dec., Moran hand-delivered over 2,800 postcards addressed to Murkowski from people boycotting travel to Alaska in opposition to the reintroduction of aerial wolf-shooting.
A 60-second dramatization of aerial wolf-hunting, televised in the Northwest U.S. gives its audience a pilot's eye-view of the harrowing experience of a wolf caught in the cross-hairs.
To view the video now see: http://www.friendsofanimals.org/news/2004/november/alaska-wolves-pub lic-service-announcement.html