Wolf Advocates Travel to Washington D.C. for National Rally To Protect America’s Wolves

Off to DC to Support Wolves

Immediate Release

Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater

Adrienne Cronebaugh, Kootenai Environmental Alliance\

Bill Howell, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance

Merlyn Nelson, Adopt A Wolf Pack

Moscow, Idaho—Representatives from four advocacy groups in north-central Idaho are traveling to Washington D.C. for the Saturday September 7, 2013 National Rally to Protect America’s Wolves. Wolf activists from around the country are marching at the National Mall this weekend to let the Obama Administration know that current management practices in states where wolves have been stripped of federal protection is leading to the slaughter of hundreds of wolves, and that the potential delisting of all grey wolves from the Endangered Species Act has no scientific basis and is unacceptable. The Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Adopt A Wolf Pack and Friends of the Clearwater are co-sponsoring the nationwide rally.

On August 30, 2013, the 2013-2014 hunting/trapping season for wolves began in Idaho, marking the beginning of another 10-month long wolf killing spree.

“It’s time to take this message to the national stage and let all Americans know, including the Obama Administration, that states like Idaho are killing wolves by the hundreds and are currently incapable of managing the species for ecological benefits and the good of the American people”, said Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater. “We can either give wolves the federal protection they sorely need, or watch the states try to rid them from the landscape.”

Much to the surprise of many, wolves can be hunted year-round in the Panhandle region of Idaho, where wolves can be killed on private land when the public hunting/trapping season is closed.

“Americans would be outraged to hear that Idaho permits the year-round killing of grey wolves in certain parts of the state”, said Adrienne Cronebaugh, Executive Director for the Kootenai Environmental Alliance. “Demanding scientific management of predators, including grey wolves, has fallen on deaf ears in Idaho and therefore, we are taking this tragedy to the national stage.”

The National Rally to Protect America’s Wolves is a grassroots effort to demonstrate to our nation’s leaders that a respectful and humane majority of American citizens are demanding federal protection for America’s wolves, under the Endangered Species Act, in every state throughout their historic range.

“I have a dream that one day we will hold this truth to be self-evident, that all wildlife has the right to exist, regardless of it’s use to man,” said Bill Howell with the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance. “One day wildlife will be judged by its role in sustaining the natural world, and not by the prejudice, mythology and ignorance of man-kind.”

Despite the great distance, all of the group representatives are excited for the opportunity to meet with other wolf activists and to continue to take steps towards building a large, effective grassroots movement.

“We are proud to be a sponsor of the National Rally to Protect America’s Wolves and travel to Washington D.C. to speak on behalf of our nation’s grey wolves,” said Merlyn Nelson, Executive Director for the group Adopt A Wolf Pack. “Our current management model is broken and wolves are in the cross-hairs. We need change.”

Nature Cold Warriors_pack traveling through snow

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Top Photo: Nature: Cold Warriors – 3 Wolves

Bottom Photo: Nature: Cold-warriors – pack-traveling-through-snow

Posted in: Wolf Warriors, Wolf Wars, Activism

Tags: gray wolf, Washington DC Rally, activism

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Published in: on September 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm  Comments (10)  
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Howl Across America

May 26, 2011

I want to take the opportunity to once again thank Louise du Toit for creating this amazing song for Howl Across America.

Howl Across America was launched in July 2011 to protest the brutal  Idaho and Montana wolf hunts. We continue to demand the end of wolf hunts and wolf slaughter.

Wolves in the Northern Rockies were stripped of their ESA protections in a travesty of justice when the US Senate passed a budget bill with a wolf delisting rider attached.  On a dark day, in the Spring of 2011, wolves were delivered to their enemies on a silver platter. President Obama signed the bill into law, making it the second time in just a few short years he had delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies.

  We call on the USFWS, Ken Salazar, President Obama and Congress to right this wrong and relist gray wolves before state management silences their howls forever.

Louise has been a stalwart supporter of wolves and this cause. Thank you again dear Louise.

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August 12, 2011

“The song for HOWL ACROSS AMERICA was written by Louise du Toit as a contribution to the August 2011 events, organized by NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, Howling For Justice and individual wolf advocates around the world, protesting against the killing of wolves. Music, lyrics, performance and recording by Louise du Toit in Greece, 2011.”

Created by members of NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, and Howling For Justice, HOWL ACROSS AMERICA is calling on all wolf advocates to speak up for the wolves in August 2011. Please join their page at the following link and add your voice of protest against the war on our precious wolves”….Louise Du Toit

http://www.facebook.com/HowlAcrossAmerica?ref=ts

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HOWL ACROSS AMERICA

I watch the wolves go by
It seems as if they fly
As they run across the never-ending plane

With a spirit fierce and wild
And playful like a child
They embrace the earth in sunshine, snow and rain

And we don’t have the right
To keep them from the light
To hunt them down; to let them die in pain

So speak up loud and clear
Let the whole world hear
That roaming free is how they must remain

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive

The earth is full of signs
That we have crossed the lines
But we refuse to listen, see or hear

But endless tears will fall
When we will lose it all
We must stop at once to interfere

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive

(Music and lyrics by Louise du Toit – 11 August 2011)

Louise du Toit – CD Albums @ http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LouiseduToit
Louise du Toit – Official Website @ http://www.louisedutoit.com

Video: Courtesy Louise du Toit

Posted in: gray wolf, Activism, Howl Across America

Tags: Louise du Toit, Howl Across America, protest, activism, stop killing wolves, NIWA, Wolf Warriors, Howling For Justice

Love The Earth, Love The Wolves…

Looking back at a dream….1999

We can’t let the dream die.

Top Photo: Courtesy of  savvycities.com/earth-day-bay-area-events/

Bottom photo: Courtesy greentaxidotcom

Video: Courtesy (YouTube) (This video was originally released in 1999)

Posted in:  Biodiversity, gray wolf

Tags: Earth Day 2012, Nez Perce, Activism, wolf reintroduction, IMAX Wolves

Published in: on April 22, 2012 at 2:43 am  Comments (29)  
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Idaho Wolf Hunt Over In Most Of The State Leaving 374 Wolves DEAD….

The Scapegoat  (William Holman Hunt)

UPDATE: April 1, 2012

I have been so swamped lately, please forgive me for not answering every comment.  You are doing such a terrific job of brainstorming, with new ideas every day. I’m very proud to be part of this.  YOU inspire me, YOU are the power that fuels this growing movement.  Please keep it up!

If you want to send me something for “my eyes only” put a few links in your post and WordPress will think it’s spam and hold it in moderation. Or you can contact me and the other admins @ Wolf Warriors on FB. There’s a new feature that allows you to message the page. You can click the Wolf Warriors icon on the right and it will take you to the page.

Wolf Warriors

http://www.facebook.com/WolfWarriors

Again, keep up your powerful advocacy for wolves. You are their voice!!

For the wolves,

Nabeki

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The Idaho wolf hunt is finally over in most of the state but the Lolo and Selway zone wolves will continue to be hunted until June 2012,  straight through wolf denning and pupping season. While wolf mothers will be tending to their newborn pups, they will be sitting ducks for “wolf hunters”.   For the rest of Idaho’s wolves the nightmare is over but in just five short months the brutality will start all over again. 374 Idaho wolves are dead. This won’t be the final count since the hunt is still going on in the Lolo and Selway.

This gives us a short time to mobilize against the madness. Let’s make use of it!!

Meanwhile the sad story of the trapped, tortured wolf  has gone national. Reuters covered it along with other details pertaining to the wolf hunt slaughter that’s been going on in the Northern Rockies since Sept 2011.  The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Yahoo News,  AlertNet, Oregon Herald, Chicago Tribune,  Digg.com,  Greensboro News,  World News, Richmond Va News and on and on.  The story needs to be told, repeated, tweeted, shared and not be allowed to die.

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From Yahoo News:

Dead wolf photos stir tensions in West

ReutersBy Laura Zuckerman | Reuters – 6 hrs ago

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Photos of dead and maimed wolves have pervaded the Internet in recent weeks, raising tensions in the Northern Rocky Mountains over renewed hunting and trapping of the once federally protected animals.

Escalating rancor between hunters and animal rights activists on social media and websites centers on pictures of wolves killed or about to be killed. Many have text celebrating the fact that Western states are allowing more killing of the predators.

Commenting on a Facebook-posted image of two wolves strangled to death by cable snares, an individual who identified himself as Shane Miller wrote last month, “Very nice!! Don’t stop now, you’re just getting started!”

A person going by the name Matthew Brown posted the message, “Nice, one down and a BUNCH to go!” in response to a Facebook image of a single wolf choked to death in a snare.

http://news.yahoo.com/dead-wolf-photos-stir-tensions-west-005357205.html

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Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: Idaho wolf hunt,  wolf wars, trapped tortured wolf, Reuters, activism, scapegoat

Published in: on April 1, 2012 at 4:54 am  Comments (33)  
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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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Photo: Top Howl Across America Rally

Middle Photo: DC Rally

Bottom Photo: Courtesy Mato W.

Posted in: Wolf Wars

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

© 2009-2012 Howling For Justice

“Cull of the Wild: The Truth behind Trapping”…..

97 Idaho wolves have died in traps or snares during the hunt. When are the American people going to stand up and say no to this barbarity? Will we continue to look the other way while our wildlife is tortured for the benefit of a tiny minority of the population? Will you continue to allow your tax dollars to be spent to help Wildlife Services trap, poison and kill our native wildlife? Will we turn our heads away from the cruelty? Why do trappers have the right to maim and kill our wildlife for pleasure or profit? We aren’t powerless but these animals are? We hold in our hands the ability to say no to this! You can make a difference! Use your voice! Activism, pass it on!

“Until a member of Congress hears from a hundred or two hundred or five hundred angry voters who are saying I don’t care what you’ve heard from that special interest group, I don’t care how much money they gave to your campaign, I personally am going to vote against you, unless you work to change this barbaric practice and end this, well then people are going to listen…..Pete DiFazio

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Ban Cruel Trapping in Wisconsin

http://www.causes.com/causes/642230-ban-cruel-trapping-in-wisconsin

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TrapFree Oregon

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TrapFree-Oregon/340748789289530

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Foot Loose Montana

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Footloose-Montana/148235025231597

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Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Trapping wolves

Tags: Trapping cruelty, activism, say no to traps and snares, wildlife watchers shut out, we are the majority

Paul Watson, Speaking Truth To Power….

Sea Shepherd’s Capt. Paul Watson On The Whale That Changed His Life

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This is Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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Paul Watson interview made in September 2008 in the UK (part 2)

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The Whale Warrior Pirate for the Sea Paul Watson, Martin Sheen, Ron Colby

“I am a conservationist and that is my business, getting in trouble. I’m here to say things people do not want to hear and to do things people do not want to see. I’m here to piss people off. That is my job.”….Paul Watson

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What Paul is saying doesn’t just apply to the oceans, it translates to the war being waged on land against our apex predators, like the wolf and other wildlife.  Whale Wars is not any different from Wolf Wars or Grizzly Wars or Nature Wars.  It’s a culture clash between one group of people who value the importance of intact ecosystems and living in harmony with nature and those who feel they hold dominion over the earth and are free to do with it as they will, without thought or  consequence.

Fluke of a Sperm Whale

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Videos: Courtesy of YouTube

Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Biodiversity

Tags: Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, war on wildlife, biodiversity, activism

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