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

ALERT: Candlelight Vigil, Nampa, Idaho (Monday January 30, 2012) STAND UP FOR WOLVES!!

UPDATE: January 30, 2012

The information I have is several people made it to Namba for the vigil, everyone was from Oregon, so a big shout out to those who traveled to Boise for this event. The details are a little sketchy but apparently an Idaho state biologist engaged the group in conversation.

Not sure if the media was present but I believe pictures were taken. In all it was a positive for wolves. We must continue the pressure on state game agencies to let them know there are wolf advocates who care about the slaughter of wolves in Idaho and Montana.  The death toll now stands @ 410 wolves. I will post more information on the vigil as I receive it. Keep up the good work wolf advocates!

Two devoted wolf advocates held a candlelight vigil, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, in Nampa, Idaho, to bring attention to the plight of wolves in the Northern Rockies.  The news media covered the event and this incredible picture was picked up by the LA Times.

Their motivation:

“I was deeply disturbed when i heard the wolf was being taken off the endangered species list. And I needed a way to gain sympathy for the wolf. I believe that there are oil, minerals, coal, and timber resources in areas with wolves. For me i see plain and clear they kill the wolf so they can get at the resources which equals money. The only thing these corrupt corporations care about is money.”

Now they’ve organized another candlelight vigil for wolves in Nampa.

“Monday, January 30th at 4:45 pm at 3101 S. Powerline Rd., Nampa, Idaho. There is going to be another candle light vigil for the fallen wolves. If you missed the first one let’s try again.”

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From Ann Sydow of NIWA:

At their last vigil, in November, only the organizers showed up !!
But they still got the awesome picture in the LA Times !  They also got local media attention,
Please attend and share with any other wolf supporters you know in the Boise area.  Thanks!

Four hundred wolves have been slaughtered in the Montana/Idaho hunts.We can’t stand silently by while the body count continues to rise without speaking out and bearing witness.  Our mission is to draw national attention to this tragedy and alert the public that America’s wolves are being slaughtered. These wolves are gone forever and will not be coming back.  Please speak out for the fallen 400.

Here are two signs made by Ann S. that were used at NIWA’s  Full Wolf Moon Vigil on January 9, 2012. The Idaho wolf death toll has obviously increased since then.

If you don’t live in the Boise area or are unable to travel there, you can hold your own candlelight vigil.  Tell your friends and hold a vigil together. Call your local media and let them know you’ll be holding a vigil for the slaughtered wolves in Montana and Idaho.

And we are making a difference. Yesterday, Saturday January 27, 2012,  Wolf Warriors and Howl Across America were mentioned on the front page of the New York Times, in an article about the iconic. wolf trailblazer,  OR-7.

“This month, people across the country attended full-moon, candlelight wolf vigils organized by groups with names like Howl Across America and Wolf Warriors.”

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New York Times

Lone Wolf Commands a Following

By MALIA WOLLAN

Published: January 27, 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/us/wildlife-activists-follow-lone-wolfs-trek-into-california.html?_r=4&hp

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Don’t forget your camera or camera phone!!

You can upload your vigil pictures to our activist FB page  Howl Across America and I’ll post them on this blog. We want  everyone to know wolves have tremendous support and what better way to show them then  to memorialize your vigil with a photo.

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Top Photo: Idaho Press Tribune

Video: Idaho Press Tribune

Bottom Photo: Courtesy Howl Across America

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags:  Nampa Idaho, Candlelight Vigil, slaughtered wolves, 400 wolves dead, NYT, Wolf Warriors, Howl Across America

Howls To The Wolf Advocates Who Participated In the Vigil Tonight!!

What a beautiful photo, Courtesy Keith n Anna

Thank you everyone who participated in the vigil  for the fallen Montana/Idaho wolves, who continue to be slaughtered in the hunts.

We received wonderful responses from all over the world.  Thank you to Ann Sydow and Nancy Taylor of  NIWA who organized the vigil in Coeur d’ alene. To Arctica and Nini, Wolf Peoples’s eight month old wolf pups, who were so cute on camera. To Beckie and  Trap Free Oregon for organizing the vigil in Ashland Oregon, to Wally, to Tallulah for the vigil in Santa Barbara, to Dr. Raven, to Agnes Delanis in France to Lynne S. , Katie, Brianna,  Keith n Anna for your wonderful picture, Wazaiyata, Norma, Sandra, wolfdog, Holly C., vibeke, Iszaria, Gitte, Erika,  Sheila, Barb, Josie, Zia, Captain Sakonna, N.Parry and all the dedicated wolf advocates who lit a candle for  wolves tonight.

NIWA had great success @ their vigil in downtown Coeur d’ alene.  KREM Channel 2 Spokane, KXLY Channel 4 Spokane, The Coeur d’ alene Press and NPR covered the vigil.  More on this tomorrow and hopefully people will be posting their pictures on Howl Across America so we can compose a montage and post them here on Howling for Justice. If you don’t want your face shown on the picture we’ll white it out.  We’d like people to tell us where your picture was taken but you don’t have to include that information. Also if you have a link to any media that covered your vigil let me know so I can post that as well.

HOWLS TO ALL FOR MAKING THIS A SUCCESS.

WE’LL BE DOING IT AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE BECAUSE THE HUNTS CONTINUE!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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Wolf lovers hold vigil to protest Idaho wolf hunts

http://www.kxly.com/news/30172841/detail.html

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North Idaho group holds vigil for wolves killed during hunt

http://www.krem.com/news/local/North-Idaho-group-holds-vigil-for-slain-wolves-136978788.html

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Pro-wolf vigil tonight in CDA

http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_c61ce9d0-3ae0-11e1-89ec-001871e3ce6c.html#user-comment-area

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Photo Courtesy Keith n Anna

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Candlelight Vigil, Full Wolf Moon, Fallen wolves,  NIWA, Wolf Warriors, Howling for Justice, Howl Across America, Wolf People

Billings Gazette: “Howling for Wolves in Helena: A rally to stop the killing of wolves”

October 14, 2011

Here is Brooks Fahy, of Predator Defense ,speaking  out for wolves @ the Helena Rally today. Thank you Brooks for your passionate words in defense of these iconic animals, who are being brutalized for sport. I also want to thank Dr. Catherine Feher and all wolf advocates that came to Helena to support wolves.

Billings Gazette

Howling for Wolves in Helena: A rally to stop the killing of wolves

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/vmix_855c4a8c-b3d3-538a-a09b-ffaf840bfa17.html

This is what rallies are  about.  We have just begun to fight!!

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Wolf Rally Demands End to Wolf Slaughter

By KFBB News Team

Story Created: Oct 14, 2011 MDT

Story Updated: Oct 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM MDT

Wolf advocates headed to the state capitol today, demanding an end to wolf slaughtering.Members of Friends of Animals, Predator Defense, and Howl Across America held a rally outside of the state capitol to tell Governor Schweitzer to stop the assault on gray wolves.

http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/Wolf-Rally-Demands-End-to-Wolf-Slaughter-131894548.html

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Protesters gather in Helena to protest wolf hunt

Posted: Oct 14, 2011 12:30 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)
Updated: Oct 14, 2011 12:30 PM

http://www.krtv.com/news/protesters-gather-in-helena-to-protest-wolf-hunt/

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Video: Courtesy Billings Gazette
Photo: Top Courtesy All About Wolves
Photo: Bottom KRTV
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: wolf wars, Helena wolf rally, Howl Across America, Brooks Fahy, FOA, wolf persecution, Montana wolf hunt

NIWA Holds Howl Across America Rally in Spirit Lake, Idaho

This is what Howl Across America is all about. NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance) held a pro-wolf rally in Spirit Lake, Idaho where Governor Otter was “meeting with constituents”.

They brought wolf ambassadors NIWA and Maya from Wolf People. The wolves  represented their species with grace and beauty, even though it looked like the Governor wished he was miles away from them.

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Wolf snaps up spotlight

Protestors, citizens come out for Gov. Otter’s visit to Spirit Lake

Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 1:35 am, Fri Sep 2, 2011. By TOM HASSLINGER/Staff writer

SPIRIT LAKE – The two sides stood apart in the drizzling rain, one holding signs protesting Idaho’s second wolf hunt, the other the state’s governor, about to honor Spirit Lake residents Rod and Nancy Erickson.

“He doesn’t want to talk to us,” said Bill Ross, one of 12 members from the wolf advocacy and education group, Wolf People, out of Cocolalla, who made the trip to Spirit Lake to protest the wolf season during Gov. Butch Otter’s Capital For a Day celebration. “He wants to avoid us like the plague.”

A few feet away from the demonstration, which included two caged wolves that licked their handlers’ hands, stood Otter, fielding questions about his position on wolf management.

READ MORE: http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_8d27110f-a5c1-5456-af06-9652ba474a2e.html

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Wolf advocates in North Idaho protest against grey wolf hunts

http://www.krem.com/news/local/Wolf-advocates-in-North-Idaho-protest-against-grey-wolf-hunts-128849008.html

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Video: Howl Across America

Photo: Courtesy JEROME A. POLLOS/Press

Posted in: Howl Across America, Howling For Justice

Tags: NIWA, Howl Across America, NIWA and Maya wolf, stop killing wolves, peaceful protests, brutal wolf hunts, Idaho, Montana, wolf persecution

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


HOWL ACROSS AMERICA by Louise Du Toit

We have our own song!!

Louise Du Toit, “Award-winning South African artist, musician, singer, composer, arranger, lyricist, actress, writer and painter” wrote Howl Across America and dedicated the song to the campaign  It’s absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much Louise!!

It is my hope it will be played tomorrow at the rally in Washington, DC.  Louise is in the process of making a video as well.  In the meantime you can click on this link to listen and download the song.

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA

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WOLF RALLY TODAY, WASHINGTON, DC

Wolf Warriors please join Friends of Animals today, Friday, August 12th, in Washington, DC, To Rally For Wolves and Protest the Upcoming Wolf Hunts.

Where:Gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 9.00 a.m. (First Street and East Capitol). Then march to the White House before convening at Lafayette Park (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—directly across from the White House).

This is the time. Stand for wolves. Be a voice for the voiceless. Remember what wolves are facing in Idaho, starting August 30, 2011, eighteen days from now.

Idaho Wolf Hunt

N0 quotas in most of state.  Hunters can kill 2 wolves per calendar year and since the wolf hunt in Idaho extends through March 31, 2012, hunters can apply for 2 more tags in 2012, allowing them to kill up to 4 wolves. Trappers can kill 5 wolves in 2011 and apply for more tags at the beginning of 2012. That would mean trappers could kill up to 10 wolves during this upcoming hunt.

Traps do not have to be checked for up to 72 hours, wolves could suffer for three days in a trap before being killed. Think how long three days is without food or water, with your pack-mates surrounding you, unable to help.

Remember the pups are just four to five months old. They are unable to care for themselves without the pack. Idaho has approximately 1000 wolves, 1/3 are pups. They could be killed outright or left to starve if their parents are killed.

Idaho wants to reduce its wolf population from 1000 wolves to 150. That means 850 wolves could be slaughtered in this hunt.  Mothers, fathers, babies, sisters, brothers…all gone.

Hunters can use traps (leghold), snares, archery, high-powered rifles, the horror of it goes on and on. If the hunters and trappers don’t get the job done Idaho fish and game has stated they will use Wildlife Services, with their helicopter gunships and traps.

Make no mistake, this will be a bloodbath.

Wyoming

Wyoming wants unregulated killing of wolves in most of the state. That means if Wyoming has its way wolves can be  killed every day of the year.   It will be open season on them to be killed in any way possible, even running over them with a snowmobile.  Wyoming has approx. 300 plus wolves. Yellowstone wolves regularly cross over the park boundaries.  If that happens, they are in danger of losing their lives, just like the Cottonwood Pack back in 2009.

Montana

Montana has approx. 520 wolves. Hunters can kill 220 wolves with archery and high-powered rifles. Meanwhile Wildlife Services continues to kill wolves in Montana. The wolves will be dodging bullets from the hunts and WS.

BE THERE TO STAND FOR WOLVES IN THEIR DARK HOUR!!!

Extirpation All Over Again?

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Priscilla Feral, President, Friends of Animals, will be a guest on the Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, HLN CHANNEL today @ 7pm EST, 6pm Central, 5pm Mtn and 4pm Pacific, talking about the DC Rally and the upcoming wolf slaughter. Please watch or set your DVR’s.

Visit Friends of Animals For Updates On The Washington, DC rally!!

Howling Across America To Save Wolves

http://www.friendsofanimals.org/news/2011/august/howling-across-ameri.html#comments

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Top Photo: Courtesy Louise Du Toit

Middle Photo: Courtesy All About Wolves

Bottom Photo: Courtesy First People

Posted in: Howl Across America, Wolf Wars

Tags: Howl Across America, Louise Du Toit, wolf protest, Washington, DC Rally, Friends of Animals, Priscilla Feral, wolf hunts

 

Where Wolves Howl….

I chose to live where wolves howl. To be close to these amazing animals is where I want to be.

One particular incident illustrates the love I have for wolf country.  My dog and I were hiking at twilight near a stream several years ago. I won’t say where, because I  live a private life but it was not too far from my home.  My dog was on high alert and I knew wolves were afoot. I could feel their presence before the howling began.  A lone howl rang out across the stream bed, joined very quickly by another, then another. Very soon we were surrounded by howls. My dog joined in, connecting with his primal self. Soon I decided to join the fray. It was my idea of wolf heaven.

The wolves were communicating with each other the way they’ve done for thousands of years and my dog and I were allowed  to be part of it.  The wolves did not show themselves physically.  They are shy animals due to persecution by man. All the bold wolves have been selected out. The ones that remain usually want nothing to do with the two-legged creature who walks upright and kills them and their families. But on this particular twilight I like to think they knew we meant them no harm and were willing to share a little part of themselves with us.  I will always remember that evening, even though I’ve had other encounters with wolves over the years. I don’t own a spotting scope and wolves are notoriously hard to spot without one, except of course in Yellowstone, where they are habituated to humans, making them doubly vulnerable should there be another wolf hunt this fall. The mighty Yellowstone Cottonwood pack fell to hunter’s bullets precisely because they did not view humans as a threat. Big mistake.

I  think about what will happen if the wolf hunts proceed this fall.  We are once again facing the loss of hundreds of wolves to human blood lust. I want to tell my wolf friends to run for cover to the national parks and stay there until the shooting stops but wolves have territories and they will defend them. They don’t understand the danger they’re  in. Right now they’re raising their pups, being the best parents and family members they can possibly be. Many of those pups will never live to adulthood.

The people that are bent on wolves’ destruction are robbing me and others of the joy of hearing and seeing wild wolves. If they are allowed to kill off  wolves in the Northern Rockies, we may never hear the howl of a wolf again. The thought makes me sad beyond measure. I treasure my encounters with wolves. I want to have many more, as I know other wolf advocates, conservationists and wildlife advocates do as well.

Where wolves howl we can feel truly free!

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Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity

Tags: wolf howl, howl for freedom, where wolves howl, Howl Across America

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