Update: Friends of Animals NYC HOWL IN, PHONE IN A Success….

Photo: Friends of Animals, Edita Birnkrant

The Howl In, Phone In held by Friends of Animals in New York City today was a success.

“Activists, holding a protest at New York City’s Central Park, told Citydesk that they “had great response from the public today,” encouraging citizens to call Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, pledging to boycott Idaho until the wolf hunting season, which began today, stops. Protestors said they have launched an international boycott of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming regarding the hunts.

“One woman named Christina Rose from Australia said she was cancelling her tour of Yellowstone National Park after learning about (the hunt),” said Edita Birnkrant of Friends of Animals, the organization sponsoring today’s protest. “That’s just one story of many who were educated today about the bloody hunt happening in Idaho right now.”

Thank you Friends of Animals.

We need more Howl Ins like this one to tell Idaho and Montana that Americans and people from all  over the world love wolves and support them. They do not want to see them destroyed for the hunting and ranching lobbies, who dominate politics in the wolf states.  These wolves do not belong to a small group of wolf haters, they are part of our American heritage and we’re not going to sit quietly by while they are slaughtered. Speak up people.  Hold a Howl-In in your hometown. Visit Howl Across America and learn how to organize peaceful protests.

Share this with everyone you know. Stand for wolves!

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Boise Weekly, City Desk

Video Update: NYC Howl-In Protests Idaho Wolf Hunt

Posted by George Prentice on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Click on the link to watch the video

http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2011/08/30/howl-in-scheduled-to-protest-wolf-hunt

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Governor Butch Otter of Idaho
Office of the Governor
State Capitol
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Phone: 208.3342100
Fax: 208.334.3454
governor@gov.idaho.gov

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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Write the Potato Commission:

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

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Photo: Courtesy Friends of Animals

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Friends of Animals

Tags: Howl In, Phone in, Wolf Wars, wolf persecution, Friends of Animals, Idaho, wolf/hunt slaughter, economic and tourism boycotts wolf states

ACTION ALERT: Friends of Animals: Howl-In, Phone-In for Wolves, Tues. Aug. 30 in New York City

The New York City office of Friends of Animals is staging a Howl-in, Phone-In to protest a wolf extermination scheme set to begin in Idaho on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, and in Montana on September 3rd.

The Howl-In, Phone-In is taking place at the entrance to Central Park at Columbus Circle on Tuesday, August 30—from 12:00-2:00PM. We’ll be placing calls, and mailing postcards, to the three governors—demanding the slaughter be cancelled immediately, and pressing a tourism boycott of those states.

Friends of Animals’ president, Priscilla Feral, says, “What’s about to happen to gray wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming—who are a vital part of the ecosystem—is vile. Governors of these states are subjecting wolves to pogroms from the Middle Ages.”

Because gray wolves were taken off the Endangered Species List in the Northern Rockies—through a rider placed in the 2011 federal budget bill—they unfortunately face state-sponsored slaughter in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. It’s estimated that only 1,500 gray wolves remain in those three states.

Friends of Animals has announced an economic and travel boycott of these three states—including Yellowstone National Park, which exists in all three—until wolves are no longer persecuted.

What: Howl-In, Phone-In for Wolves

When: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Where: Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park—59th St between Central Park South & Broadway in Manhattan

Why: Protest the state-sponsored wolf-killing in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Questions?

Please contact Edita Birnkrant, New York Director of Friends of Animals

E-mail: Edita@FriendsofAnimals.org

Phone: (212) 247-8120

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Photo: Courtesy First People, Michael Durham

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Friends of Animals

Tags: Friends of Animals, Howl In, Phone In, Columbus Circle, Central Park,  New York City, Idaho wolf hunt, wolf slaughter

Published in: on August 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm  Comments (2)  
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Howl Across America Rallies

Howl Across America Pro Wolf Rally, Cour d’Lene, Idaho, Sunday, August 28, 2011

Howl Across America was born just a few short months ago. It was an idea whose time had come. Grass roots wolf advocates were not being heard, our voices drowned out by the radical rantings of the right. In over two years, since Obama delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies, we’ve had very little to celebrate. Our only victory was the relisting of wolves by Judge Molloy in 2010, thereby canceling  that year’s wolf hunts. Since that time wolves have been delisted once again, stripped of their badly needed ESA protections and subject to brutal state management, who aim to severely reduce their populations.

Howl Across America is a campaign created to give wolf advocates a place to gather and plan rallies to protest the barbaric wolf hunts and show support for gray wolves. Our goal is to bring pressure on the wolf states by shedding much-needed light on this dreadful situation. There has been a virtual national media blackout on the wolf hunts. Many local people in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming have no  idea what is about to happen to wolves, let alone the rest of the country. We want to change that.

We’ve had some success, baby steps as we move along, learning and growing. We’ve sounded the alarm that wolves in the Northern Rockies are in the grave danger. Without your support they could once again disappear from the American west. This is the time for action, not complacency.  The success of Howl Across America lies with you.

Idaho’s wolves may be on the verge of extirpation once again. We’ve shouted this from the roof tops, yet most wolf supporters, even though expressing support for wolves on FB and other sites,  have not organized a protest rally, or even shown up for existing ones. Today in Cour d’Lene, Idaho we had a modestly good turnout and I want to personally thank my friend and fellow HAA administrator, Ann S.,  for organizing the rally in Cour d’lene. You did a terrific job and thanks to everyone who turned out.  BUT there were many more people who had committed to coming who did not show up . Several days ago 200 people protested the mega-loads,  some were even arrested. Where is that same  passion for wolves?  What do we need to say to make you understand how dire this situation is? Aren’t wolves worth the effort?

Appealing to President Obama or Senators, who voted to delist wolves via budget rider, is really non-productive in our opinion. Why would you appeal to people who threw Montana and Idaho wolves under the bus, in a misguided attempt to help Senator Tester retain his seat?

I’ve repeated this tens of times but I’ll say it again, EVERY SINGLE SENATOR, EXCEPT WYDEN, LEAHY AND LEVIN, VOTED TO DELIST GRAY WOLVES via budget rider.  That includes Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, both Udalls, John Kerry, Cardin and the list goes on. Forget writing to them, you’re wasting your time. They and President Obama are the reason wolves are facing these horrific hunts.

This is the time to take action. Boycott the wolf states and make sure you write to the governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to let them know how you feel about the way they are treating wolves in their states. Tell them why you won’t be doing business or vacationing there until the war against wolves is halted.

It’s up to you. Are you willing to allow wolves to slip away without saying a word? Do you want the wolf hate groups to have their way with these iconic animals and yet say nothing, do nothing? I’m challenging each and every one of you to get up and make a difference.

Visit Howl Across America and get involved.  Network with other advocates. When you commit to attending a rally, SHOW UP. There is nothing worse than planning a rally, having people commit to attending the rally and then on the big day, crickets.

The Idaho wolf hunt starts on August 30, 2011, that’s TOMORROW!! The wolves have no idea the hell they going to face. Their babies are just four months old and still have their milk teeth. They will be targeted along with their parents and pack-mates.  Much blood will flow, wolf families will be torn apart, before the guns, arrows, snares and traps finish their deadly work.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”….Edmund Burke

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA

Washington DC Rally August 2011

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Wolf Lovers To Protest In North Idaho

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2011/aug/26/wolf-lovers-protest-north-idaho/

Photos: Courtesy Howl Across America Rally

Posted in: Howl Across America

Tags: Wolf Wars, protest wolf hunts, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, wolf slaughter

Published in: on August 29, 2011 at 4:35 am  Comments (16)  
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“9th Circuit won’t halt wolf hunting in Idaho, Montana”….


I’m too sad to comment.

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From the Seattle Times

In a decision filed Thursday, the court denied the request by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies to cancel the hunts while the court considers a challenge to congressional action that stripped wolves of federal protections in Montana and Idaho, and in parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.

By The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. — A federal appeals court on Thursday denied a request by environmentalists for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts scheduled to start next week in Idaho and Montana.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies seeking to cancel the hunts while the court considers a challenge to congressional action that stripped wolves of protections in Montana and Idaho, and in parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula reluctantly upheld a budget rider inserted by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., to remove federal protection of wolves.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016016592_wolfhunts26.html

Published in: on August 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm  Comments (46)  

And We Wait…

This blog will be two years old next month. In two years,  wolves have been delisted, hunted, relisted, delisted and face brutal hunts once again. They’ve been loved, hated, worshiped and vilified.  I’ve written of their incredible beauty, their value to our ecosystem, their loving nature, their devotion to family, their restless spirits, their renowned endurance. I’ve written memorials to their name, lingering long into the night and early morning.  And yet here we stand perched on the precipice once again.  I allow my mind to wander and it takes me to a place I don’t want to go. To the brutal slaughter that awaits the gray wolf.  Only the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals can stop this now.

I look back and remember the elation we all felt when Judge Molloy relisted wolves in the Northern Rockies. It was a blissful day. A long-awaited day.  But evil wouldn’t rest. It picked itself up and went to work.  It went to work for the ranchers who want a predator free landscape.

“Today, ranchers have 26,000 permits to graze millions of livestock on pasture managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. They pay $1.35 per head of cattle per month — a price set by cattle prices, livestock production costs and, ostensibly, private grazing lease rates. But since 1980 that amount has decreased 40 percent to its statutory minimum, and it is typically one-10th of grazing fees on private property and state lands.

Taxpayers Foot Bill

The U.S. spends about $135 million per year managing public-lands grazing, according to the Government Accountability Office, but collects only $21 million in fees. Taxpayers also foot the bill for the Agriculture Department’s predator control program, whose hunters killed 81,684 coyotes and 478 wolves in 2009.

It went to work for the hunting lobbies and their buddies in Congress, who helped push though a death sentence for wolves in the Northern Rockies via budget rider.

And now we wait. Wait for the Ninth Circuit. Wait for a reprieve for wolves. Will their howls be silenced once again in the Northern Rockies, sacrificed on the altar of hate and ignorance?  History repeating itself.

Video: Courtesy WildEarth Guardians YouTube

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Biodiversity

Tags: WildEarth Guardians, gray wolf, wolf persecution, ignorance, wolf hate groups, delisting, wolf hunts, animal cruelty

“Hunting: Wasteful, cruel and definitely not a sport”…

I was all set to write a post on the cruelty of hunting for “sport” when I stumbled across Emily Achenbaum’s 2001 column. Even though it’s almost twelve years old,  it stands the test of time. Hunting
“for sport” is as cruel then as it is now. She took the words right out of my mouth.

Our beleaguered wolves will unfortunately have to deal with these “sport hunters” in less than eight days, unless the Ninth Circuit grants the injunction and puts a stop to it. Holding breath.

Hunting: Wasteful, cruel and definitely not a sport

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BY EMILY ACHENBAUM
Diamond in the Rough
Published February 19, 2001

People call me paranoid, but this time, babysitting but technically alone, I”m definitely being watched. Welcome to taxidermy heaven: In a two-story room roughly the size of a college apartment, I can”t even count of the number of animals covering the walls and balconies. To my right, a chair made out of multiple pairs of antlers. There”s a bear on the floor, another bear in the loft there are birds I cannot identify, exotic hairy heads from countries I probably cannot identify. Ice tongs capped off with hooves. Is that a beaver peering over the fireplace mantle, bird playfully glued into his mouth? Nope, it”s a wolverine. Go Blue.

So some people like to hunt.

The first time I entered this room a year ago, it took my breath away. Let”s not forget that “impressive” is not inherently a compliment it simply means an impression was made. The feeling I was overwhelmed by was one of waste. The kids, digging into fur pelts to find the remote, do not pay attention. I think I have grown accustomed to the room until I trip over a bear paw and am reminded it is out of whack. The room radiates something wrong. As a friend commented, “It”s a cemetery.”

Who am I to talk? I wear leather shoes but not leather pants or coats I eat fish but not things with fur or wings. I ride horses and keep dogs as pets. It is interesting that if one is not an extremist, their view is somehow undermined. The voice is deemed hypocritical by not being fanatic. I am not an animal-rights fanatic. Can a woman wearing mascara talk about feminism? Is everything really so one-sided? I don”t need to wear a PETA team jersey to say hunting as “sport” is disgusting and that those who hunt for sport are horrendously misguided and cruel people.

Unless you are reading this in the African wilderness or lord-knows-where Kentucky, there is no need for you to hunt. Animal products food, clothes, SUV interiors are brought to us by someone else in the form of Kroger and Calvin Klein. We do not need to fend for ourselves. Therefore, hunting becomes “sport.” “Sport” implies a couple of things to me: That it requires skill, is competitive, and fun. Flirting is a sport. Basketball is a sport. Hunting is not, because it fails on all three counts.

Patronizing eyebrows raise and smirk, “hunting takes a lot of skill,” as if that means anything significant. I would like to point out that walking in stilettos is a skill. Add some icy patches, a boyfriend that walks really fast and three Rolling Rocks and it”s almost impossible to carry off unless you are skilled. Girls start practicing at age 6, raiding mom”s closet and dressing up. Models get taught how to walk. But no one expects a badge for being able to do it just because it took effort and talent to learn how. And things that require skill don”t rest on a higher plane than an undevelopable ability like, oh, giving birth, because the latter doesn”t require practice.

Hunting is not competitive. As I write this column, a moose is hovering above me. His massive neck is firmly attached to a wooden plaque. Now, it”s not really a sport unless there”s a chance either guy could win. With a nose the size of my skull and eyes the size of my fist, the moose carcass could easily kill me if there was an unfortunate tremor that would dislodge him from the wall and send him careening toward my head. A moose could kill me if he was running and I didn”t get out of the way in time a moose could kill me if he was walking and I couldn”t get my car out of the way in time. The only way I could kill the moose is with a gun. Add that I”m wearing camouflage and I”ve destroyed parts of his habitat so he”s easier to find. And that I”m at a gamepark where he”s fenced in. Oh and that the moose doesn”t get to shoot back.

Sounds like playing Monopoly with my sister when she would rob the bank while I was up getting a snack. Why do hunters look so triumphant in photos? How hard was that really? And what have you really won? Did you really “dominate” something if you cheated?

This leaves us with fun. I don”t know why hunting is fun, but different folks, different strokes, etc. Running, studying a lot and waking up early are things I abhor and other people find fun, but at least the fit, the studious and the bright-eyed are not getting off on watching something bleed to death. I think it is interesting that hunters who witness a fatal accident often stop hunting,  fishermen who accidentally cast a hook into their own back develop a disinterest in their “sport.” I guess it”s not fun when they glimpse, even for a second, at the unnecessary pain they cause, the waste. I have yet to hear an intelligent argument supporting this non-sport, and I think there”s a reason for that.

http://michigandaily.com/forum or via email at emilylsa@umich.edu.

Photo: Giraffe Photo Courtesy Flickr Commons

Bottom Photo: Wolf hunters Flickr Commons

Posted in:  Trophy Hunting

Tags: sport hunting, hunting cruelty, senseless deaths,  wildlife under siege

Published in: on August 22, 2011 at 2:14 am  Comments (17)  
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“Wolf In Dog’s Clothing? Black Wolves May Be First ‘Genetically Modified’ Predators”

ScienceDaily (Feb. 6, 2009) — Slipping through trees or across snow, the wolf has glided into legend on paws of white, gray or — in North America — even black. This last group owes an unexpected debt to the cousins of the domestic dog, say Stanford researchers. In an unconventional evolutionary twist, dogs that bred with wolves thousands of years ago ceded a genetic mutation encoding dark coat color to their former ancestors. As a result, the Gray Wolf, or Canis lupus, is no longer just gray.

The effect was more than just cosmetic: the resulting black wolves, which are found nearly exclusively in North America, seem to have a selective advantage over lighter-colored wolves in forested areas. It’s a rare instance of domestic animals — in this case, probably the dogs of the earliest Native Americans — contributing to the genetic variability of their wild counterparts in a way that affects both the recipients’ appearance and survival.

READ MORE: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090205142137.htm

Wolves are such amazing animals. We have so much to learn from and about them. Yet in nine days and counting the guns will start firing, the traps will be laid and hell will reign down on an unsuspecting, innocent wolf population. All who’ve had a part in this upcoming slaughter, SHAME, SHAME!!!!

Don’t forget to visit Howl Across America and join a protest or organize your own.  Stand for wolves! Make a difference.

Remember economic and travel boycotts in effect for the wolf states until they stop slaughtering wolves.

Bottom photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: Biodiversity, Wolf Wars

Tags: black wolves, dogs contribute black gene, biodiversity, apex predator

Published in: on August 21, 2011 at 4:12 am  Comments (3)  
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Call For Boycott Of Wolf States…

Predator Defense whose “mission is to protect native predators and create alternatives for people to coexist with wildlife“, is joining Friends of Animals and the chorus of groups calling for a boycott of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, until such time as they stop slaughtering wolves. Please click on the Predator Defense link below, all the information is there concerning the boycotts.

These states are arrogant and believe hunting and ranching interests trump wildlife watchers. They have not felt the power of economic and travel boycotts and might think twice about their wolf killing ways.

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* I want to include an exception to the Idaho boycott. There are only two wolf education centers in Idaho. Please continue to support them, they’re more important now than ever.

Wolf People
Cocolalla, Idaho

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WERC (Wolf Wolf Education and Research Center)
Winchester, Idaho

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From Predator Defense

ALERT! Wolf Bloodbath in Northern Rockies Begins Aug 30

Wolves Slated for Slaughter in Wyoming, Idaho & Montana

August 15, 2011 – The hand-off of wolf management from federal to state control has predictably created a holocaust for wolves in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Authorities in these states may not like wolves, but they do like and depend on your tourist and consumer dollars.

Help us stop the slaughter by boycotting these states.

Read more: http://www.predatordefense.org/wolf_alert_states_revenge_08-15-11.htm

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Idaho Declares War On Its Wolves….

http://wp.me/pDTDG-3Dp

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Wyoming Wants “Unregulated Killing” Of Wolves In Most of the State….Speak Out!!!

http://wp.me/pDTDG-3yy

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Montana FWP Approves Killing 220 Wolves for 2011 Hunt….

http://wp.me/pDTDG-3Ao

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Howl Across America

Tags: Boycotts, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, wolf persecution, Western extermination part two?, wolf hunts

Howl Across America, Please Join In And Howl For Wolves….

Just a reminder this is the month to HOWL for wolves.  We are calling on all wildlife advocates to organize or join a rally to protest the wolf hunt slaughter and show your support for these beleaguered animals.  Initially we designated August the month to HOWL but we’ve now extended it into September and beyond.

Here are the rallies being planned on Howl Across America. Please visit the site and click on the discussions tab. All the rallies are posted there. If you have a rally you’d like to organize, this  is the place to post it. We need advocates from all over the country, not just the wolf states.


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http://facebook.com/HowlAcrossAmerica

We have to get out from behind our computers and protest the wolf hunt slaughter to show our support for wolves. This is the time wolf supporters. There are millions wildlife advocates out there. There are countless wolf groups on FB. If everyone in those groups cooperated to organize protest rallies we could make a real difference for wolves and gain much-needed media coverage.

If you support wolves and are outraged by the hunts, now is the time to show it.  We finally have a chance to do something pro-active.

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA!!!

Top Photo: Courtesy Ray Rafiti

Bottom Photo: Courtesy Cry-Wolf

Posted in: Howl Across America, Wolf Wars

Tags: Howl for wolves, protest wolf hunts, support wolves, organize a rally, HOWL ACROSS AMERICA


A Beautiful Ode To Limpy (Wolf 253M)

This video is a treasure I found by chance, a beautiful narration by Brian Connolly of the life and death of wolf 253M, also known as Limpy. It is so moving you will be brought to tears.

Limpy was the inspiration for this blog.  He was the perfect wolf in my mind’s eye, a member of the iconic Druid Peak Pack, who once ruled Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley.

Brian, I don’t know you but thanks  for your beautiful ode to Limpy, who gave pleasure to so many. A selfless wolf, who over came the adversity of injury but was killed for nothing in the name of blood sport.

Rest in peace dear, dear wolf 253M.

For the wolves, For Limpy,

Nabeki

Photo: Courtesy Steve Justad

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Limpy/wolf 253M

Tags: Limpy, wolf 253M, Hoppy, evils of blood sport, Wyoming, Druid Peak Pack, ode to Limpy

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