Los Angeles - Former French film star and outspoken environmental activist Brigitte Bardot opened fire Wednesday on the governor of the US state of Alaska for refusing to ban the aerial hunting of wolves.
"I am disgusted and deeply shocked at learning of your decision to reopen the aerial killing of wolves for the third straight year," she said in a letter to Governor Frank Murkowski, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.
"How dare you justify a slaughter that is so degrading and dishonorable for the human condition?" she asked, referring to his decision last month to allow hunters to shoot wolves from aircraft for the third straight year.
Bardot, 71, who was Europe's "sex kitten" in the 1950s and 60s who has since retreated to a reclusive life dedicate to the defence of animal rights.
Several environmental groups are violently opposed to the aerial hunting of wolves, which the group Defenders of Wildlife claims has claimed the lives of more than 400 wolves over the past two years.
In addition, Bardot and animal rights groups say, Alaskan voted against a return to wolf hunting in referendums between 1996 and 2000.
But Mike Chambers, a spokesman for Governor Murkowski, dismissed Bardot's attack saying that the hunting was being allowed under a carefully calibrated plan aimed at cutting down on predators.
"We're talking about a targeted and thoroughly studied predator control program, to protect preserve and sometimes even increase the numbers of animals that are very important to Alaskans," he told AFP.
"There are thousands of Alaskans that quite frankly live on land, they still hunt for their food" "I would guess that Brigitte Bardot doesn't know that," Chambers said.