From The Oregonian: Ferrioli to European wolf advocates: Go away, morons!

UPDATE: February 12, 2011

I received a very kind comment from Louise du Toit and I wanted to share it with everyone:

Submitted on 2011/02/12 at 2:16 am

Dear friends,

I want to express my sincere gratitude for your beautiful article concerning my humble efforts to raise more awareness for the suffering wolves of the world. I am truly very fortunate to have such a fantastic circle of beloved and compassionate friends; their immeasurable support is always a great encouragement to me to continue my fights for the well-being of all living creatures with faith and hope. May we always be united in our mission to stand up and speak out for the suffering wolves; may our voices of protest against their persecution be heard around the globe; may we do our utmost best to oppose any injustice to these incredibly wonderful beings.

LONG LIVE THE WOLVES OF THE WORLD!

Louise du Toit

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I received a Facebook message several days ago from Louise Du Toit, a wonderful, talented singer from South Africa, who lives in Greece. Louise care’s deeply about animals and wildlife.  She’d written messages to several Oregon Senators protesting the anti-wolf bill that was introduced by Senator Whitsett, which seeks to strip gray wolves of their ESA protections. The reply Louise received from  Oregon Senator Ted Ferrioli was so rude I almost couldn’t believe what I was reading. Apparently many other people were shocked as well because the story is all over the news. Good. I’m glad the world is finally seeing how wolf advocates are treated, no matter where they live.

Thank you Louise, you’ve brought much-needed publicity to the gray wolves’ plight by caring enough to reach out across the ocean with concern and care. Not only did Senator Ferroli insult you but he insulted the Greek people and all wolf advocates around the world, who are raising their voices in protest. I’m sure he never thought his rude words would become public. You’re a hero for having the courage to share his disdainful message with the world!!

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Ferrioli to European wolf advocates: Go away, morons!

Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 8:24 PM     Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 9:15 AM

By Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian

Oregon Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli doesn’t cotton to foreigners offering legislative advice.

When Louise du Toit, a singer from South Africa living in Greece, wrote the John Day Republican asking him to oppose a bill sponsored by Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls, that would remove wolves from Oregon’s endangered species list, Ferrioli  whipped out this reply:

“Are you kidding?  Why do you expect that input from [European Union] residents make any difference at all to me?  I’ll be supporting Dr. Whitsett’s bill (he is a VETERINARIAN).  By the way, perhaps I should be writing to EU ministers to stop bailing out Greece.  Clearly it has become a haven for morons.

“Go Away!”

Ferrioli’s response enraged wolf advocates from around the U.S. and in Europe who wrote to demand that he apologize. “To think that we, as a nation, have voted such rude and closed minded individuals as yourself into office, is unfortunate,” wrote Susan Williams of Salt Lake City.

Ferrioli, who received a slew of identically written e-mails opposing Whitsett’s bill, isn’t feeling abashed.  He’s confident his largely rural constituents in Eastern Oregon are adamantly against re-introducing wolves.  And his home county, Grant, officially declares itself to be a United Nations-free zone, which gives you a sense of how the locals feel about listening to outsiders.

“I appreciate the fact people may think I live in the global village,” said Ferrioli.  “I do not.”  Furthermore, he said, folks in Europe simply “don’t have a dog in this fight.”

Du Toit, whose songs include “Ode to the Wolves,” said in an e-mail to The Oregonian that she has been “fighting vigorously for the suffering wolf populations of Sweden” and that it was “totally natural to me to stand up for the precious wolves of Oregon.”

Wolves are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, so there’s debate about whether Whitsett’s bill would have any immediate impact. But supporters of the bill say it is part of their effort to halt the spread of wolves, which they say pose a particular menace to livestock.

Du Toit wrote back to Ferrioli that his curt reply made her think that “you feel quite insecure about the strong influence that we as non-U.S. citizens might have.”

And she added this kicker:  “There are NO borders in our fight for endangered species.”

Ferrioli didn’t stop there.

“You are delusional if you believe US elected officials will bow to activist pressure from outside our borders,” he fired back.  “Let your friends, family and fellow Europeans in their thousands write passionate emails.  We will ignore them.”

http://blog.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/2011/02/ferrioli_to_european_wolf_advo.html

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I guess he’s not so cocky now.

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Sen. Ted Ferrioli: ‘I offer my sincere apology to the citizens of Greek extraction’

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/02/ferrioli_to_greeks_i_offer_my.html


Video: Courtesy Louise Du Toit

Photo: kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Louise Du Toit, Greece, Oregon Wolf Advocate hero, Senator Ferrioli, rude behavior


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  1. I absolutely Love, Love, Love Louise de Toit. As I have said to her many, many times she has the looks, the voice and the soul of an angel. I said to her that I am sure this very rude Senator from Oregon has wished a thousand times he had not whipped out that incredibly rude, arrogant and ignorant response. The wolves and all wildlife have a real advocate in her. She also did a piece the other day on the Rhino. I am going to ask if she will also bring her international attention to our buffalo. She is truly an international treasure.

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    • SCWG…Isn’t she amazing. Glad to know you’re friends with her.Tell her thank you for being such a wonderful advocate for wildlife. Ferrioli had no idea who he was writing to. Louise had the courage to bring attention to his rudeness. She helped bring international exposure to the wolves’ plight. Yes, hopefully she can create a buzz for our beleaguered bison. Did you watch the video, they were hazing that poor little calf with a broken leg. Heartless cretins.

      For the wolves, For the bison,
      Nabeki

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  2. Well done, Louise!

    Way to commit social suicide Ted Ferrioli, expect a drop in your state’s annual income.

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  3. Dear friends, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your beautiful article concerning my humble efforts to raise more awareness for the suffering wolves of the world. I am truly very fortunate to have such a fantastic circle of beloved and compassionate friends; their immeasurable support is always a great encouragement to me to continue my fights for the well-being of all living creatures with faith and hope. May we always be united in our mission to stand up and speak out for the suffering wolves; may our voices of protest against their persecution be heard around the globe; may we do our utmost best to oppose any injustice to these incredibly wonderful beings. LONG LIVE THE WOLVES OF THE WORLD!

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    • So glad to hear from you Louise. You have done a wonderful thing for wolves by speaking out for them. Senator Ferrioli was horribly rude to you and now others know of his insensitivity. By insulting European wolf advocates he insulted us all.

      If his unkind and rude words have taught us anything it’s that wolf advocates must unite around the world. We can’t let borders stop us. Wolf persecution is global. Thank you again for standing up for gray wolves. You are a true hero!! I love your video “Ode To The Wolves”.

      If you don’t mind I’d like to post your comment on the front page of the blog so others can hear from you.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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      • You are welcome to do so, my dear friend, it will be an honor for me. The more we unite our voices for the wolves, the greater our influence and our defense; let us therefore widen the circle as much as possible to connect wolf advocates from all around the world! Thank you also for your kind words about “Ode to the Wolves”. I appreciate your support with heart and soul. May you always be blessed with love and light!

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      • Thank you Louise!! We are united in this fight to stop the persecution of wolves, I know wolf advocates are fighting to save wolves in Europe. The poor Russian wolves have virtually no protection either, we must fight for them as well. The Wolf War in America continues to escalate, our wolves are under constant siege and things only got worse when the Republicans took control of the House, not that the Democrats have been any better, Obama delisted wolves in the first place. There seems to be a new attack on wolves everyday.

        Thanks again for all you are doing.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

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  4. Remember that the “minority party” is in the minority for a reason. Does anyone really want a douche like Mr Ravioli to make decisions?

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  5. Nabeki
    I was hoping to ask Louise if the artist V kennard on the wolf artwork in the video has any of those prints for sale? They are beautiful and I would be interested in them!

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    • William….I’ll contact Louise and ask about the wolf artwork.

      N.

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  6. Ted Ferrioli, your venomous remarks
    against those whom are working hard in
    protecting and preserving our sacred wolves,
    is nothing more than act of TREASON!!!
    If you have any soul, you will bow down
    to the Almighty and REPENT!
    Change your ways and STOP KILLING OUR WOLVES!
    Only our Creator has the last word,
    and you Sen. Ferrioli, are no better
    than our Divine Master and if you think
    you’re above our glorious Great Spirit,
    then you have committed an act of blasphemy!
    And remember this….
    The animal kingdom (including wolves)
    was here on Earth before humans even existed
    and if man kills off our wildlife,
    the Almighty will destroy man because of
    arrogance and stupidity!!!
    You, Ted Ferrioli, are a blasphemer and a hypocrite!!!
    REPENT!!!
    CHANGE YOUR WAYS!!!
    OBEY GOD’S LAW AND PROTECT OUR WILDLIFE
    AND OBEY HIS TEN COMMANDMENTS,
    INCLUDING “THOU SHALT NOT KILL”!!!!!

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  7. Louise, you’re doing a splendid job in for our noble cause.
    Many blessings, dear wolf sister.<3<3<3<3
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    Ferrioli, you can kiss my furry @$$!!!!
    ArooOOOOoooooOOooooooooo!!!!!!

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