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Friends of Animals Delivers 2,800 Cards to Murkowski

Alaska Digest / Juneau Empire / December 17, 2004

JUNEAU -The Friends of Animals delivered 2,800 postcards to Gov. Frank Murkowski's office from U.S. residents boycotting Alaska tourism because they are outraged by his reintroduction of aerial wolf hunting.

The international animal rights group decided to hand-deliver the cards. The governor's staff claimed not to have received thousands of postcards the group mailed via the United Parcel Service in 2003, said Scott Moran, the group's Alaska region project coordinator.

Some people who signed the postcards wrote personal messages to the governor asking him to change the policy. They all pledged to avoid traveling to Alaska until wolf hunting is stopped.

Alaskans who sent postcards said they wouldn't support their friends and family traveling to the state.

"It's the second season of the boycott," Moran said, adding, "it seems to me like a lot of people in the administration are pretending that this isn't happening."

The Connecticut-based non-profit's postcard delivery coincides with the aerial wolf hunting season. Hunters who applied to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game aerial hunt in the fall are now able to go out and shoot their prey.

The Murkowski administration reintroduced aerial wolf hunting to boost moose populations.

"Basically, Alaskans voted twice, in 1996 and 2000, that they didn't want aerial hunting," Moran said. "It's wrong to be out killing wolves, period."


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