Calling All Wolf Warriors….

This is the hardest post I’ve ever written, starting over more times than I can count, wanting to get it right.  I won’t be pulling any punches.

Wolves recently suffered two stinging defeats, the Ninth Circuit loss and the passage of the brutal Wisconsin wolf hunt bill that sailed through the Badger State legislature.

Every one is asking the same question, where do we go from here? What can we do to save wolves? Is the war lost? Are wolves doomed to a lifetime of trophy hunts, torture and slaughter? The answer is no but with a caveat. We have to get active and that means in the real world!!

When I started this blog in September 2009  wolves had recently been removed from the Endangered Species List by our new President, who promised “hope and change” but instead  delivered “more of the same”.  The war against wolves had begun and it’s been unrelenting. Yes, wolves were under siege from Wildlife Services before the delisting, hundreds killed every year for agribusiness and poachers certainly took their toll but a wolf hunt? After millions of dollars of tax payer money was used to reintroduce these animals, who were extirpated from the lower 48, 16 years later we’re on the road to destroying them once again?

I won’t go through the battle we all waged to stop the delisting, it’s in the blog archives if you’re new to Wolf Wars. It’s been a long, grueling battle and we fought hard but in the end the Democrats and Obama betrayed wolves for a Senate seat, so here we are. And one thing I want to make clear, I’m not a Republican. I’m just presenting the facts as they happened. Lets not make this about party affiliation.  I wish we had a third-party because as far as I’m concerned we can’t count on either of the two we have now.

The Ninth Circuit loss was our wake up call.  Even though I believed we had a slim chance of winning , I was still shocked by the decision. It took the wind out of our sails. We’ve always held out  hope wolves would be saved by the court. It was a stinging blow. The reality is we can no longer count on the courts  to come riding in on a white horse to save the wolves.  Even IF the ruling is appealed to the Supremes, it could take years for them to hear it or they could decide to pass it by.

It’s time for every wolf advocate to do some serious  soul-searching and ask yourself what are you willing to sacrifice to turn this around? What kind of time and energy are you willing to dedicate to building a powerful grass-roots movement and take on the ranching and hunting lobbies.?  Sitting on FB talking to ourselves is not the answer. Yes FB is a great tool and we can use it to our advantage but we have to do more, much more. Writing endless petitions that go nowhere is not going to cut it either. Yes petitions CAN make a difference but starting wolf petitions over and over rarely achieves anything.  How about one big petition that we can all work together on until we get a 100,000 or 500,00o or 1,000,000 signatures?  Wouldn’t that make more sense? But therein lies the problem. We’re not organized enough for that. There are so many wolf groups on FB they could form a ring around the earth twice. It’s easy to hit the LIKE button and join a wolf page, then come back every once in a while to express outrage and move on. I started Wolf Warriors with a friend because we wanted to post the lastest wolf news that I don’t have a chance to cover on the blog.  But the point of  Wolf Warriors and Howling for Justice is not just to be outraged but to actually do something with the information. To say to yourself,  I live in Montana or Idaho or Wyoming or Oregon or Wisconsin or Minnesota, or any state in the union:  THE WOLVES ARE UNDER ATTACK.   I can organize with like-minded people in my town and form a group to fight the persecution of wolves. And then little groups become big groups and those groups network with other groups and pretty soon we’re a force to be reckoned with. Outrage is good but outrage alone does nothing to help wolves. It only leads to more outrage and more frustration.  Doing something about that outrage, that’s the key to change.

I’m just as guilty as everyone else for doing things the way we’ve always done them but  after our recent losses it’s evident we need a new game plan. If anyone is a Walking Dead fan then you’ll understand this metaphor. “It was about time they got off the damn farm”  For others who don’t follow the show, it’s time for a change.

So how do we accomplish these lofty goals? By putting one foot in front of the other every day. To commit our time and effort to this cause so we don’t have to look at dead wolf pictures with their killers holding them in some kind of weird bear hug, smiling like Cheshire cats. The photo of the wolf trapper grinning from ear to ear with the poor wolf ALIVE, stuck in a leg hold trap, blood all over the snow, having suffered god only knows how long  in that trap, without food or water, in pain and scared to death,  is something I never want to see again.  If  we intend to  help wolves and battle this cruelty we have to  get active!!

•I suggest a wolf summit where activists can gather and meet each other to brainstorm and exchange ideas. And let’s include our International friends, wolf persecution is global.   But remember, it’s up  to you to make this happen.  But I will be involved. I’m going to talk to other wolf groups and advocates  to get their take on a Summit and where we can hold it. Not everyone has the resources to travel, so well see but the main thing is to get started.

•Boycott  the wolf states and mean it!  Create a website dedicated to it. Start a petition that will mean something,  ask people to take a pledge not to visit or buy anything from any state that is engaged in wolf hunts and let them know the “economic sanctions” will continue  until the wolf killing stops. The wolf states will sit up and take notice if we hit them in their wallets.  With one exception, we don’t want to punish businesses or organizations who support wolves, especially the wolf sanctuaries and educations centers  like Wolf  People and WERC.

•Defeat pandering politicians at the polls, those who support anti-wolf policies must be booted out of office. Click here for the list of the 81 US Senators who voted to delist wolves. See who’s up for re-election in your state and VOTE THEM OUT!!

DC Rally August 2011

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•Twitter Campaign

*This great idea was given to me by a reader of this blog.

Twitter IDAHO campaign.
Post a ‘documentation’ tweet every other day (or 3 x a week) to get the message repeating and retweeting…(one can simply copy and paste your own tweet also)

The words
BOYCOTT EVERYTHING IDAHO Until ANIMAL TORTURE STOPS
That should be the one line message.

Twitter MT
Twitter WY
Twitter WI rotate.

Those are just a few ideas, I know you can come up with more.

Wolf advocates we must organize, exchange ideas, brainstorm and lend strength to each other. Asking pretty please, stop hurting wolves, won’t do the trick. We have to get serious and mean it. Most of all we need numbers, huge numbers of advocates coming together for a common purpose.

It’s time to play hardball, we’re the majority but we’re fighting billions of dollars and powerful organizations that have been in place for years and decades.

The anti-wolf movement is united in their purpose but we are all over the place. Some orgs support the delisting,  many don’t. We should know where each conservation group stands.  If they don’t support wolves and think it’s OK to blow them away in wolf hunts, we want to know.  Don’t give your money to groups that are wishy-washy on wolves.  The large orgs  should have to work for the money we give them.  Either they support wolves and want to see them protected or they don’t.  No back room deals, no compromises.

This is a seminal moment. We can write wolves off  and leave them to their killers or get busy doing something about this tragedy.  It’s time to come together and show some backbone.

Yes we’ve lost a few battles but this is not over by a long shot.  This is a fight to save gray wolves and if we don’t get serious we are going to lose them.

To kick things off I challenge every one that reads this blog to write  a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, it’s especially important for advocates that reside in the wolf states.  Let them know how you feel about the war against wolves.

I don’t have all the answers but I’ve been doing this long enough to know that beating our heads against a brick wall, doing the same things over and over and not getting results, is the definition of insanity as the saying goes.

We can do this if we make wolves a priority and keep at it no matter what. Persistence is always the key to anything in life.

Now let’s go!!

Endangered Wolves Sacrificed in Budget Deal

Glenn Hurowitz

Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy

Posted: 04/11/11 04:09 PM ET

Although Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama stood firm against Republican attempts to repeal clean air and clean water protections, wolves in the Northern Rockies weren’t so lucky.

Under pressure from ranching interests in Montana and Idaho, as well as anti-wolf zealots in those states, Reid and Obama agreed to accept an amendment from Montana Democrat Jon Tester mandating the removal of grey wolves in Idaho and Montana from the endangered species list. For Obama, at least, the move isn’t surprising: his administration backed the Bush administration’s delisting of wolves even though it would allow the two massive states to cut wolf populations to as few as 450 individuals between them.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glenn-hurowitz/endangered-wolves-sacrifi_b_847673.html

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Middle Photo: DC Rally

Bottom Photo: Courtesy Mato W.

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Tags: Idaho wolf hunt, a new beginning, activism, stop the slaughter, 81 Senators, underhanded wolf delisting, save the wolves, Obama delists wolves

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  1. why do you keep blaming obama? he is being held hostage by the republicans in congress. congressman mike simpson idaho, slipped a rider in a budget bill, that obama had to sign. that is how the wolves got delisted.keep voting republican and see how that works.

    • Doug…please face the facts. Obama delisted wolves four months after he took the oath of office and appointed a rancher to head the Interior. He also signed the budget bill wolf delisting rider, so actually he delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies twice in three years, something even George Bush couldn’t accomplish. His Department of the Interior signed off on Wyoming’s wolf decimation plan and delisted wolves in the Great Lakes. That’s just the truth. And I’m not a Republican.
      N.

    • Obama didn’t have to sign anything. If he had told Congress, “I will not sign that bill unless you take the wolf rider out,” then I have little doubt they would have taken it out. The Constitution didn’t give the President the power of veto so he could whine about how Congress forced him to sign things. Stop trying to relieve him of responsibility.

    • It’s been suggested that part of the reason environmentalists aren’t winning is their excessive attachment to the Democratic party. A Democrat can do anything against animals or the environment and get away with it, just as long as he isn’t worse than his Republican counterpart. That ought to change somehow. We need a way to put real pressure on our politicians.

      • cp…Are you interested in starting a wolf group?

        I absolutely agree about the Democrats. If it wasn’t for them the wolves wouldn’t be in this situation but I have no attachment to any political party. I personally think they are all corrupt. We need a third party desperately.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

      • If, by a wolf group, you mean something along the lines of a political PAC, I think Linda C. is already working on that.

      • No not a Pac, just a meet up, form a group and brainstorm. Little groups grow into big groups and so on. We have to grow this movement from the ground up.

        N.

      • Ah, I see, you were talking about local clusters of advocates to brainstorm. Mariah has already started a meetup in my current home town (see below), so I joined hers. Once I move in the next few months, I’ll plan on either finding or making a group in Colorado.

      • Excellent captainsakonna.

        N.

  2. Can you make it international and include a podcast or conference call type of thing? I and some of my like minded friends would love to join in from Australia.

    This is a fantastic thing – lets get it going!!!

    Much love xxx

  3. [...] Wolves recently suffered two stinging defeats, the Ninth Circuit loss and the passage of the brutal Wisconsin wolf hunt bill that sailed through the Badger State legislature. Every one is asking the same question, where do we go from here? What can we do to save wolves? Is the war lost? Are wolves doomed to a lifetime of trophy hunts, torture and slaughter? Calling All Wolf Warriors…. « Howling For Justice [...]

  4. Doug, sorry but I didn’t see a republican holding a gun to his head when he was signing off on these bills????

    • no gun, only a deadline for the budget for the whole country. vote a republican in and see what happens.

      • Doug…It’s not about party anymore.

        N.

  5. Best idea i ‘ve heard.!! enough technology and words…real human energy out there ,organizing and taking action in the FLESH is what this movement needs…..the wolves wouldn’t sit around behind their facebook page..let’s help the wolf with the integrity, strength and courage to face the opposition they, our wolves ,have exhibited in nature.i will do may part here in the southeast…..keep on going.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Helen…I know we can do this. There are so many of us. We just have to organize in every state and get serious!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  6. Hi, I live in Southern Ireland, I’m not sure what I could possibly do from here but i agree there needs to be a worldwide out cry over this, I can speak to people and see if we can get something going. I can’t sit on my backside and watch this happen. They need our help more then ever now.

  7. Good Morning. You could not be more right about having to make a stand. I believe if we all band together and do it right, we will attract media attention and that will attract more people who are willing to fight this battle. We have 1000’s of people who we educate every year about what is happening and many ask us what they can do to help. I tell them about the petitions and writing letters to congress, but this is all that I know to tell them and it is not enough. Congress is not listening and I don’t think they really care so COUNT US IN to help. We are based in Colorado and have members nationwide that we will contact if you start this movement.We will play by the rules-meaning peaceful and professional, but it is time. I think there should be a Pay Pal account called; PROJECT WOLF started and all monies go to billboards, travel expenses and whatever else it is needed. Nabeki, if you start this, I promise that we we follow. Just lead us in a direction.
    Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. ****FOR THE WOLVES!

  8. I had a petition one time where I got signatures from all over the world, even Yemen. All countries. Sent them to Salazar and the 3 major wolf hating governors. I’m pretty sure all they did was shred them. We have to have a site where the world can contact Obama, letting him know that he was wrong when he took the wolf off of the Endangered List. He is the one that we need to aim this at. I have posted the ways to contact him so many times that I’ve lost count. This is where the world has to bring it’s battle…NOW. Once again: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
    This morning on the news, these states that supported Obama for his “favors” are now going against him. He does not want them drilling for oil. They do not care what he wants. They intend to drill. So…not good for the environment, but might be a straw in our cap in order to help save the wolf.
    We do need to set up a site that the world is aware of in order to save to the wolf. I have no idea how to do that. One of our good friends is Defenders of Wildlife. They have been traveling to these different states showing these farmers how to keep their livestock safe. They’ve held meetings. They have ‘for real’ scientists that tag and take accurate statistics on the wolves.
    So, if anyone knows how to make a really good website, or different people from different countries make their own, but all send President Obama a very strong message.

    Anne

  9. We can take this global…ready and already fighting in NY State…send me info on getting this together and count me and many others IN!!!

  10. Not sure who this is. Just received an email from them:

    action@stopextinction.org

    I wrote them (not committing myself to them until I know who they really are) :

    Hello,
    At the moment, there are a number of us trying to figure out a way to have sites all over the world to save the wolf. All my efforts are going towards that. They are my main concern. Have been for well over 40 years. We are trying to find people over the world to make websites and direct all correspondence to Pres. Obama at http://www.usa.gov/contact. I did a petition before, where I did get signatures from all over the world; Singapore, Yemen, etc,. Sent them to Salazar and the three main wolf-hating governors….certified mail. Unfortunately I believe they were shredded, that is why all correspondence must go to Obama and have him reinstate the wolf on the Endangered Species list, permanently.

    Sincerely,
    Anne

  11. Governor Walker has yet to sign the wolf bill. I just talked with Dan in Governor Walker’s office. The Wisconsin wolf hunting bill is not yet on the Governor’s desk. As best he knew, it will not come before the Governor this week. So, there is still time to call / email the Governor; Tell him to veto SB 411, send it back to legislators for a more reasonable bill.

    govgeneral@wisconsin.gov
    Phone(608) 266-1212

  12. http://youtu.be/GpaEWIQOURA
    herr is a movie about a scientist who see the animal as an indivuidual, ascientidt that breaks down when he find the rino he saved murdered/ a movie about great love and great cruelty

  13. Great Article getting to a REAL point! Thank you! It is so true and am not afraid to say it because it is all about the future of our wolf friends… It is time alot of people who say they support wolves and are worried about them to do some serious soul searching. This has been my complaint I have expressed before, but especially lately, when I see very little effort from others to call or email politicians that are making the decisions for the lives of wolves. With the bill passing in Wisconsin, I raised the question on ALL the Pro Wolf FB pages asking who called the representatives of Wisconsin and even the Gov pleading him to veto the bill. Do you know how many people responded?? 7…7 people told me they had done this vital assignment that was posted all over these very same pages days and weeks before the bill the presented. I TRY to give a benefit of a doubt, but this is the same kind of response when a handful of us post ways to speak up for the wolves last summer. VERY DISAPPOINTING to know there is thousands of people out there that SAY they love wolves and want to help protect them BUT do very little to follow through.

  14. What he could have done was called Congress’ bluff much like Bill Clinton did when Newt Gingrich as Speaker was calling for a government shutdown. Then there’s appointing Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior. I’m from The Northeast, and wolves are an occasional visitor from Canada, and cause for human alarm when they are seen. I have loved them forever and can’t stand to see another cruel extirpation of them in the lower 48, again, one that is as blood-thirsty as this one. Why of all the predators the wolf is still being unfairly persecuted, even in the 21st century, I cannot understand. After all that has been done to reintroduce them, to have it come to this, I will not stand for it. And US citizens shouldn’t either, and visitors should not visit. I fear for the bison that have been reintroduced in Montana as well, that a ranching or hunting interests will put them in danger. Please protect these precious animals, citizens of WY. I don’t think our wolves will make it till next year at this rate, if they are extending hunting season into the breeding season in the West and the Great Lakes. I’d love to meet for a Wolf Summit, count me in.

  15. March 28, 2012

    Well, Nabeki……..glad you have come around to my “radical” mode
    of thinking…re the wolves. Re-defined my Facebook…check it out.
    It is in their face….and I can get more radical. Pussy footing around
    is at an end. It must be…in Washingtion DC & Idaho’s face. Nothing
    illegal, but we must “raise the bar to the limit.”

    Will work on the banner wording….and run it by you.
    Will work on my letters today & tomorrow….form letters to editors.
    Will work on a trip to DC to lobby. Takes a lot preparation.

    We ….ALL CAN DO THIS. WE MUST!
    Sandi

  16. i will plan on coming. I am so disheartened, I need to be around real people, not just the internet.

    • Denise (:

      N.

  17. Yeah! Don’t make us have to come out there…. ;)

    That should read MT, not WY in my post above re the bison. Thanks! :)

  18. This is exactly what I’ve been craving, a more organized approach and the support of a group of interested people. I love the idea of a wolf summit, I’d attend for sure! Another idea is to start a meetup.org group in your area. I just started one in Bozeman, MT! http://www.meetup.com/The-Bozeman-Advocates-for-Wolves/

    Also, I’m a graphic designer and would be happy to donate my skills to the cause.

    • Hey, that’s where I live! (For the next two months, anyway.) Joining right now.

    • Thank you Mariah, this is what I’m talking about. Using meetup.org is a great idea. We have to get active outside of FB.

      So great to know you’re a graphic designer and thanks again for offering your services.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  19. What can one say at this point!!!! With every wolf killed is a great loss. For the eco system it upsets the balance of nature. The wolf keeps the rabbit pop. down etc. The people that pass these dated laws are not that smart!!!!!!!! What goes around comes around. If it wasn’t for the wolf we would not have our wonderful dog’s. Hey if you want to protest count me in.Where are the young people? This should be taught in schools to respect wildlife and be kind! Good Morning America blog them about this!! Again Media….Peace Sheila

  20. As I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life. I’ve spoke up on this issue since the re introduction of the wolves in Idaho and Yellowstone since it began in 1995. I lived in Idaho and Montana where I’ve watched this whole thing unfold from the beginning, and find that it is still the battle of the good old boy network, and outright ignorance.
    I have lived in Alaska since 2007, and have been sadly disappointed by the fact that the political forces that be absolutely broke the law in instigating aerial hunting against the will of the people, and still the slaughter continues.
    It would be wonderful if all wolf supporters could gather in one solid group to put a permanent halt to the ongoing attempt to slaughter the wolves off the planet. It would be amazing if ALL groups could be brought together to accomplish this one thing for the wolves in ALL these states,
    There is just something wrong with people who mistaken believe they have the right to determine that wolves are such a destructive force, yet have lived in harmony in nature since their existence before the human species arrived.They are a large factor in the balance of nature and serve a better purpose with being the ecosystem than without them. They are a “keystone” species that keep nature in balance…”NOT A DESTRUCTIVE FORCE” as wolf hater have continued to fabricate all these years.
    I continue to speak up, sign petitions, and yet this battle continues.
    Count me in, as I will always be a voice for them and their right to live and be left alone.

  21. Reblogged this on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife and commented:
    Excellent commentary from “Howling for Justice” about the “war on wolves.”

    • Thank you rali74!!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

      • Anytime Nabeki. It was a great piece.

  22. Dear N,
    Thank you for everything you have done to help, but I cant belive this! WHAT HAS THIS WORLD COME TO! If the numbers come to close to extinction, I WILL STAND AND FIGHT AND I WILL TAKE WHATEVER THEY THROUGH AT ME, I WILL TAKE THE SHOT FOR THEM! I want to see them get away and live but not get killed. I dont care how much trouble i get into, i will stand and fight for the ones that live, LONG LIVE THE WOLVES!
    Stand for what is right,
    Justin

    • Justin…Would you be able to start a wolf group wolf to brainstorm with. The only way to win this battle is to organize. I know I keep repeating that over and over but it’s the truth. The anti wolfers are organized, well funded and supported by the hunting and ranching lobbies who have billions of dollars and connections @ the state and federal level. The fight for the wolf is as much about power and control of our public lands than it is about wolves. We need every advocate to work hard to turn this around.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  23. We need to consider anti-wolf people as the enemy from now on. I’m saving everything, all the blogs, newspaper articles stuff from Defenders, whatever I can get my hands on. I have been doing this for 5-6 yrs. I smell an oganized rat. Something like a wolf mafia. Think about it. The only way to defeat your enemy is to understand it and it’s moves. Also,do you think the enemy reads this blog? I talked to HSUS i n Wash. D.C. yesterday and he told me wolves are being captured and taken in, esp. the pups. They’re working fast and furious.

    • Bobette….I think you are on the right track, I haven’t heard that about HSUS. Good idea to save as much information as possible, its true, “know your enemy”.

      I don’t know where you live but if you’re ready you can start organizing a wolf group in your town to brainstorm with. I hate using the tea party as an example but I envision a grass roots wolf movement based around that model. Groups from every state, separate but the same, coming together, with one mission, to save the gray wolf in the US. When we have the numbers we can start thinking about a wolf summit. Maybe there will have to be several, one on the east coast, one for the middle of the country and one in the West. Gas prices are high and not everyone has the money to hop on a plane and attend a conference. But this will all be worked out, the main thing there is power in numbers.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  24. The fact of the matter is there are more anti-wolf people in Idaho, than pro-wolf people, and it isn’t even close. Idaho listens to the loudest voice, and unfortuanaley for wolf advocates, they are outgunned and outnumbered.

    • Erin that’s why we have to take a different approach. Asking them to stop what they’re doing is not going to work, they already ignore us. So we have to try real boycotts, using social media like Twitter, organizing across the country. Not saying I have all the answers but it’s better than tearing our hair out watching helplessly as wolves are slaughtered.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  25. I just got an email from Defenders of Wildlife saying that Idaho will be increaseing the number of wolves to be killed next year. How is this possible, they plan to kill down to 150 wolves already.
    I think we need to know the numer of wolf advocates in the US and if it is a high enough number to affect the Presidential election then we may have some bargining power with Obama. That is how the Tester wolf rider got through- a trade for a Democratic vote. The President seems to like to barter.

    • Jane, Idaho has made it very clear they want to get rid of wolves down to the minimum number and who is going to be in charge of figuring out when they hit that number? We can’t concentrate to much on what Idaho says they are going to do or not going to do. We have grow a movement that can put pressure on these states to change their behavior and that is not going to be easy. It is going to take a huge amount of work but we have the numbers, we just need to organize.

      I do agree that in an election year anything is possible but I believe Obama has thrown his hat in the ring with the ranchers and hunters, otherwise he would not have appointed a rancher to head the Interior. I think he believes it will help him win the red states. But I like your idea, not sure he is listening. a A petition with a million signatures might make a difference?

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  26. Nebeki,
    Lets not forget our wild horses and burros who are also being targeted for mass slaughter. Please draw attention to this as well as you have in the past for other species.
    http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10118
    They are all important.

    • thomastryon…I’m am with you on wild horses, as a matter of fact I think the grass roots wild horse movement and wolf movement could work together. I love horses and if I could, I’d be blogging on their plight and the plight of our bison but all my energies right now are directed at wolves. But thank thomastryon for reminding us all that our wild horses are being rounded up, that there are now more wild horses in holding pens then in the wild. We have not forgotten you!!

      For the wolves, For the wild horses,
      Nabeki

  27. The answer has got to be the EU. International sanctions and international cooperation. This will probably be the last year for the Canadian seal hunt because the EU has banned the sale of seal products on humanitarian grounds. (And the tireless year in year out work of PETA HSUS Sea Shepherd and countless wildlife defender organizations, their supporters, petition signers on and on.) Inuit people have the right to revisit their past but the people of the world have equally a right to say no to pelts, meat and oils on their terms. Sale of wolf skin may not be an issue, but trapping and sports hunting per se can be made the target of trade sanctions against states that slaughter wolves and or against the U.S. for the extirpation of wolves, that is, the use of lethal controls for predator control real or conjured, where scientific data is at variance with claims made by state agencies. Obama and Harper supposing they’re both still in office, can discuss their losses over lunch at Burger King, when it’s all over, when the wolves have protected status as part of a world heritage eco system, and as the property and interest of the the American people (and Canadian) as opposed to a minority percentile of men who equate killing by any means and for no reason with ‘the hunt’.
    coriolis

    • coriolis, Also we have rights under the public trust doctrine.

      N.

  28. Just some ideas: a wolf sanctuary: i like the idea of joining the horse and burro people. I receive lots of info on mustangs. Maybe I’ll start to call them. A summit sounds wonderful, I can fly anywhere and pretty much any time. We need numbers cause they are votes. Talk later I’m off to Espanol.

  29. Count me in, Nabeki…whatever it takes…ready to go to war on behalf of wolves….your friend, Janet, aka@janetfax, aka Californians Say Extinction Is Forever (FB)

  30. I know that some days are harder than others but every day counts for something. There needs to be a broader summit or a conference on the wolf, and that has to be planned at least 6 months ahead. Maybe by September if someone can locate a place. Then separate groups can leave the conference and go back to their respective locations with pledges of action and time frames. This level of cohesiveness is essential. We really do have to come together and develop a plan of action. Painfully slow, I know – but we have all been so blind sided by the delisting! And, I still want to know where is DOW and the HSUS and about 40 other organizations in all this!!!!! They have the attorneys, etc. Why aren’t they doing something, more than collecting donations and pledges? If they are – what are they doing?

    • Donna…I got thrown off track today because of the breaking news from Earth Island Journal but I want to address all the other comments that were made today on my previous post. The silence from some of the big groups is stunning. I believe the grass roots wolf movement will be a force. We do have to find a suitable place for the summit but we also want to make sure people are mobilized and ready to gather. I don’t want encourage people to attend and only 10 people show up. We need numbers and that’s what we’ve been lacking. I think people are now waking up and realizing how serious this is, that we could actually lose wolves in the Northern Rockies. It’s not just some of the big orgs that are silent but where are the biologists? The only one speaking out for wolves is Jay Mallonee.

      One day wolves were iconic symbols of wilderness and the next they were vermim. It’s so heart wrenching. And these animals have no idea why this is happening to them.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  31. I believe HSUS has something coming down. Their lawyers are Earthjustice. Also, The Capital Times out of Madison, Wi. wrote in this week’s paper that the Ojibwe will most likely sue.. This has been a wrenching day . I’m having a glass of wine. Vaya con Dio. Love to all. Be strong.

  32. Completely agree the ENDLEss THReads to somehow try and comfort each other that something is good or taking place to change this is A wonderful thought indeed. HOWever ITS not working the animals are dieing at a massive Rate daily! POOLing all these people together is almost an endless task to try and achieve. Gathering people in towns and grass roots protest will not help either. WE have to STOP the ones in Action. Take photo’s of the PEOPLE in change get there names and make posters On them calling them what they are WOLVE KILLERS. PUt those signs up in front of Legal offices in times of ELections and PUt there names in PUBLic VIew. LABEl them as they have the wolves..it takes an Evil PERson to do what is happening to these HElpless animals… IF OCCUPY Wall street can do it SO CAN all the WOlve Groups? much work to do..

  33. For every obstacle there is a solution-over, under, around, or through. -Dan Zadra
    I think you should contact the people that run those long standing, successful wolf rescue groups like Mission:Wolf in Colorado (Kent & Tracey) and ask their opinions to get some REAL ideas. They have lived this stuff, in their face every moment for years and are very smart about this. Those people that have been around since before this movement became popular will really be able to guide you! They also know people around the world. I also went to a Carnivores gathering in November 2000 run by Defenders of Wildlife at the Omni hotel near Boulder, Colorado that seemed very successful in pulling people together that supported the wolf. Some of these symposiums I went to before the introduction of wolves to Yellowstone drew in very influential and popular wolf people that were brainstorming and raising money. Maybe get something like this going at one of the Shangri-la hotels or somewhere centrally located in the U.S., AND give it a lot of notice time for people to actually get there. Often plans are made that week and no one that is not independently rich can make it cause we have to make the vacation plans to get there.
    Meantime, lots and lots of education!

  34. I think riders on bills ought to be illegal.

  35. I think riders on bills ought to be illegal

  36. This is a long post cut and paste from http://www.idausa.org/facts/hunting.html
    It’s packed with argument and rebuttal, a good demonstration of how to face down the usual rhetoric, full of info and useful detail, in all an excellent overview. I went to the home page. Their concern is global. IDA, In Defense of Animals, posted an independant page on U.S. Sports Hunting at the address above. A disclaimer from their home page says the following.
    “It is the policy of In Defense of Animals to no longer use language that accepts the current concept of animals as property, commodities and/or things. Rather than refer to ourselves or others as “owners” of animals we share our lives with, we now refer to ourselves and others as “guardians” of our animal friends and to animals as “he” or “she” rather than “it.”
    If you find the following too long edit it out. It’s the address above.
    coriolis

    Hunting, the stalking and killing of animals, has been an American tradition most likely since the Ice Age when plant food became scarce. Today it exists as a “sport”; even when the animals’ flesh is eaten, there is no excuse or justification for stalking and killing an animal in his or her habitat. Nevertheless, people not only engage in hunting but strongly defend it as their right to do so. With an arsenal of rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns, bows and arrows, hunters kill more than 200 million animals yearly – crippling, orphaning, and harassing millions more. The annual death toll in the U.S. includes 42 million mourning doves, 30 million squirrels, 28 million quail, 25 million rabbits, 20 million pheasants, 14 million ducks, 6 million deer, and thousands of geese, bears, moose, elk, antelope, swans, cougars, turkeys, wolves, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, boars, and other woodland creatures. (Compiled by The Fund for Animals with data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies.)

    Less than seven percent of the U.S. population hunts. Hunting is permitted on 60 percent of U.S. wildlife refuges and in many national forests and state parks. On federal land alone (more than half a billion acres), more than 200 million animals are killed every year.

    Hunting by humans operates perversely. The kill ratio at a couple hundred feet with a semi-automatic weapon and scope is virtually 100 percent. The animal, no matter how well-adapted to escape natural predation, has virtually no way to escape death once he/she is in the cross hairs of a scope mounted on a rifle. Nature’s adaptive structures and behaviors that have evolved during millions of years simply count for naught when a human is the hunter. Most deer, for example, would not perceive anything that is within the effective range of a big game rifle (up to 400 yards) as a predator or a source of danger. A wolf at that distance, even though detected, would be totally ignored. Even the much smaller range of bow-hunter (about 50-75 feet) is barely of concern to deer. Deer may start to keep an eye on a hunter at that distance, but the evasion instinct doesn’t kick in until it’s too late.

    The stress that hunting inflicts on animals–the noise, the fear, and the constant chase–severely restricts their ability to eat adequately and store the fat and energy they need to survive the winter. Hunting also disrupts migration and hibernation, and the campfires, recreational vehicles, trash, and other hunting side effects endanger both wildlife and the environment. For animals like wolves who mate for life and have close-knit family units, hunting can severely harm entire communities.

    Hunters and hunting organizations, including state and federally funded sponsors like Fish and Wildlife Services and departments of environmental conservation, promote supposed justifications as to why hunting is necessary. One of these justifications is that if certain animals were not hunted, they would slowly die of starvation and thus the lesser of the two evils is to humanely kill them. There are problems with this logic.

    When hunters talk about shooting overpopulated animals, they are usually referring to white-tailed deer, representing only 3 percent of all the animals killed by hunters. Sport hunters shoot millions of mourning doves, squirrels, rabbits, and waterfowl, and thousands of predators, none of whom any wildlife biologist would claim are overpopulated or need to be hunted. Even with deer, hunters do not search for starving animals. They either shoot animals at random, or they seek out the strongest and healthiest animals in order to bring home the biggest trophies or largest antlers. Hunters and wildlife agencies are not concerned about reducing deer herds, but rather with increasing the number of targets for hunters and the number of potential hunting license dollars. Thus, they use deer overpopulation as a smokescreen to justify their sport. The New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife states that “the deer resource has been managed primarily for the purpose of sport hunting,” (New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, An Assessment of Deer Hunting in New Jersey, 1990).

    Hunters also shoot nonnative species such as ring-necked pheasants who are hand-fed and raised in pens and then released into the wild just before hunting season. Even if the pheasants – native to China – survive the hunters’ onslaught, they are certain to die of exposure or starvation in the nonnative environment. While hunters claim they save overpopulated animals from starvation, they intentionally breed some species and let them starve to death.

    Hunters and hunting organizations also promote the idea that hunting is necessary for “wildlife management” and “conservation.” “Wildlife management” and “conservation” are euphemisms used to describe programs that ensure that there are always enough animals for hunters to hunt. Because they make their money primarily from the sale of hunting licenses, the major function of wildlife agencies is not to protect individual animals or biological diversity, but to propagate “game” species for hunters to shoot.

    State agencies build roads through our wild lands to facilitate hunter access, they pour millions of tax dollars into law enforcement of hunting regulations and hunter education, and into manipulating habitat by burning and clear-cutting forests to increase the food supply for “game” species such as deer. More food means a larger herd and more animals available as targets. Hunting programs also cause wildlife overpopulation by stimulating breeding by conducting “buck only” hunts, which can leave as many as six does per buck; pen-raising quail, grouse, and pheasants for use as hunters’ targets; transporting raccoons, antelopes, martens, wild turkeys, and other animals from one state to another to bolster populations for hunters; and exterminating predators like wolves and mountain lions in order to throw prey populations off balance, thereby “justifying” the killing of both “dangerous” and “surplus” animals.

    Hunters claim that they pay for “conservation” by buying hunting licenses, duck stamps, etc. But the relatively small amount each hunter pays does not cover the cost of hunting programs or game warden salaries. The public lands many hunters use are supported by taxpayers. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs, which benefit hunters, get most of their funds from general tax revenues, not hunting fees. Funds benefiting “non-game” species are scarce. Hunters kill more animals than recorded tallies indicate. It is estimated that, for every animal a hunter kills and recovers, at least two wounded but unrecovered animals die slowly and painfully of blood loss, infection, or starvation. Those who don’t die often suffer from disabling injuries. Because of carelessness or the effects of alcohol, scores of horses, cows, dogs, cats, hikers, and others are wounded or killed each year by hunters. In 1988, 177 people were killed and 1,719 injured by hunters while walking through the woods or on their own property.

    Hunters say that they are “ethical” and follow the concept of “fair chase.” What is fair about a chase in which the hunter uses a powerful weapon from ambush and the victim has no defense except luck? Furthermore, despite the hunting community’s repeated rhetoric of “hunting ethics,” many hunting groups have refused to end repugnant practices that go above and beyond the cruelty inherent in all sport hunting. There is clearly no “fair chase” in many of the activities sanctioned by the hunting community, such as: “canned hunts,” in which tame, exotic animals – from African lions to European boars – are unfair game for fee-paying hunters at private fenced-in shooting preserves; “contest kills,” in which shooters use live animals as targets while competing for money and prizes in front of a cheering crowd; “wing shooting,” in which hunters lure gentle mourning doves to sunflower fields and blast the birds into pieces for nothing more than target practice, leaving more than 20 percent of the birds they shoot crippled and un-retrieved; “baiting,” in which trophy hunters litter public lands with piles of rotten food so they can attract unwitting bears or deer and shoot the feeding animals at point-blank range; ‘hounding,” in which trophy hunters unleash packs of radio-collared dogs to chase and tree bears, cougars, raccoons, foxes, bobcats, lynx, and other animals in a high-tech search and destroy mission, and then follow the radio signal on a handheld receptor and shoot the trapped animal off the tree branch.

    Some hunters say hunting with a bow and arrow avoids using high tech equipment that might make it an unfair chase. Bow hunting is one of the cruelest forms of hunting because primitive archery equipment wounds more animals than it kills. Dozens of scientific studies indicate that bow hunting yields more than a 50 percent crippling rate. For every animal dragged from the woods, at least one animal is left wounded to suffer – either to bleed to death or to become infested with parasites and diseases.

    Hunting is not the cure but the cause of overpopulation and starvation. Luke Dommer, the founder of the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting, had proposed to several state wildlife agencies that if they are serious about using hunting as a population control tool in areas where the sex ratio is already badly distorted, they should institute a doe season (taking no bucks but only does until the ratio is again stabilized at 50:50). All agencies have rejected that proposal thereby giving up any pretense of ecologically motivated sound wildlife management. They quite consciously and openly state that they are in business to provide the maximum number of live targets to hunters each year.

    Powerful hunting lobbies in 35 states have persuaded lawmakers to enact “hunter harassment” laws that make it illegal for non-hunters to interfere in behalf of animals targeted by hunters, but these laws are being challenged on constitutional grounds.
    Connecticut’s law was found to impact on freedom of speech without a compelling state interest and was struck down by a U.S. appeals court.

    WHAT CAN BE DONE:
    Before you support a “wildlife” or “conservation” group, ask if it supports hunting. Such groups as the National Wildlife Federation, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Izaak Walton League, the Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund, and many others are pro-hunting.

    To combat hunting in your area:
    Post “No Hunting” signs on your land
    Join or form a local anti-hunting organization
    protest organized hunts
    Play loud radios and spread deer repellent or human hair (from barber shops) near hunting areas.
    Report poachers in national parks to the National Parks and Conservation Association at 1-800-448-NPCA.
    Tell others the facts about hunting.
    Encourage your legislators to enact or enforce wildlife protection laws, and insist that non-hunters be equally represented on wildlife agency staffs.

    You, as a resident of your state, have a voice in how wildlife is treated. Become educated on the issue of hunting, contact your state wildlife agency, attend state wildlife meetings, and get involved in the decision making process.

  37. Of possible interest. I’m spending some time todaycollecting addresses. What’s happening here is fab.
    coriolis
    HUMAN HUNTING DESTROYS OUR ENVIRONMENT
    By Peter Muller, Vice President, C.A.S.H. – Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
    Board Member Wildlife Watch, Inc.
    Contact: peter@wildwatch.org
    http://www.all-creatures.org/cash


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