Keep Calling and Emailing To Save The Wedge Pack….

May we all never be judged by anything so harshly or hold to as strict a life or unremitting of borders as the ones we try to place on and around wolves”…Rick Bass 1992

UPDATE: August 24, 2012

No wolves have been killed as of today but there is still a kill order out on four members of the pack. There are nine pack members, including four puppies. I was told they are not targeting the alpha male and female but that’s all conjecture because there is a virtual blackout on what Wildlife Service sharpshooters are up to. Are they laying traps for four of the wolves in this pack? The answer is probably yes. Are they going to kill them when they trap them? Again the answer is yes but public pressure can make a difference. It’s the wolves only hope!

The fact the Director of WDFW is no longer taking phone calls is telling you they’ve been deluged with calls. As I said before, they may not admit your calls are making a difference but they are.  Washington state has a reputation for being progressive and this will give them a big black eye if these wolves are killed. The problem is the Wedge Pack choose eastern Washington as their home, which is more like Western Idaho, with some of the same anti-wolf sentiment.

WDFW Spokane

360-902-2515

Please don’t give up on these wolves, the more pressure that’s applied the more they’ll think twice about killing them!!

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Pro-wolf groups ask Gregoire to stop plan to kill wolves

Posted by Rich

Aug. 24, 2012 12:52 p.m.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2012/aug/24/pro-wolf-groups-ask-gregoire-stop-plan-kill-wolves/

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CLICK HERE TO READ LETTER FROM ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS TO GOVERNOR GREGOIRE 

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Investigators find dead wolf in northern Stevens County

Posted by Rich

Aug. 24, 2012 5:57 p.m.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2012/aug/24/investigators-find-dead-wolf-northern-stevens-county/

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UPDATE: August 23,  2012

No word yet, silence on what is happening? They are determined to kill four Wedge pack wolves but keep up the pressure!! Washington is acting like Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon,  Wisconsin, Minnesota and now Michigan.

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It looks like WDFW is digging in their heels and determined to kill the Wedge Pack and orphan their pups. They may be talking tough but you can believe your phone calls and emails are making a big difference! If this pack is killed it will leave a black eye on Washington’s supposed progressive reputation. I will personally add Washington to the list of wolf states I won’t visit if they kill this pack. If you call from out-of-state please reinforce this sentiment. Here’s the contact info  for Washington’s tourism bureau.

You can reach a Washington State Travel Counselor at  1-866-964-8913. 

tourisminfo@watourismalliance.com

The entire situation is surrounded by controversy, no agreement between experts has been reached  concerning whether any cow injuries were even caused by wolves but it doesn’t seem to matter to WDFW, it’s blame wolves first and ask questions later.

I stated in my previous post that Washington ranchers  lost over 30,000 cows to non-predation in 2010. I have no doubt the number of losses to non-predation have remained constant or even increased. Compare 30,0000  to a handful attributed to wolves and you can see this is a non-issue blown up by ranchers to garner bad publicity for wolves. It’s the same story repeated over and over again. It’s been going on for hundreds of years. Why are Americans allowing a handful of ranchers and hunters to drive policy that impact our native wildlife and rob us of our heritage? They have no right to demand these wolves  be killed but are acting in confidence that fish and game will support them fully.  A paradigm shift is needed to stop these wildlife killing policies. We can either be part of the solution or part of the problem.

From Conservation Northwest:

WDFW takes aim at Wedge Pack wolves

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Aug 22, 2012 05:10 PM | Permalink

Wedge pack pups: will Washington pass its first major test for recovering wolves?

Washington State is facing its first major test when it comes to wolf management. And so far, it’s looking like a failing grade. One of Washington’s newly confirmed wolf packs, the Wedge Pack, may not survive the end of the week.

Claiming that the pack has repeatedly preyed on livestock, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has already killed one wolf and plans to kill up to four more wolves to break apart the pack permanently.

However, independent experts with decades of experience in identifying wolf attacks on livestock say much of the evidence is inconclusive. They have questioned WDFW’s conclusions that wolves are the culprit, stating that the calves’ injuries are not typical of a wolf attack.

Despite this uncertainty, WDFW officials are refusing to take a more measured approach as laid out in Washington’s recently adopted Wolf Conservation and Management plan.

http://www.conservationnw.org/news/scat/wdfw-takes-aim-at-wedge-pack-wolves

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KEEP UP THE PRESSURE. THEY ARE LISTENING!!

Governor Christine Gregoire

Phone:  360-902-4111 | FAX: 360-753-4110

Email the Governor

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Phil Anderson

Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Phone:  360-902-2200

director@dfw.wa.gov

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Photo: mythwallpaperdotcom

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Washington wolves

Tags: Wedge Pack, orphaned pups???, stop the killing, keep up the pressure, Governor Christine Gregoire, Phil Anderson, WDFW, Washington State

ACTION ALERT: S.O.S. Day – Save Our Skipper – Wednesday May 23rd

“A dolphin surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River – near the Kennedy Space Center” (Wiki)

UPDATE: May 22, 2012

From Sea Shepherd

S.O.S. Day – Save Our Skipper – Wednesday May 23rd

For the past week, we have implored Sea Shepherd supporters to write to the Honorable German Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs.  The decision to release Captain Watson on bail this Monday is the unmistakable result of the thousands of letters, emails, faxes, and phone calls that were sent this week.  Granting bail to a non-German national is almost unheard of in an extradition proceeding.

While we have won a victory with the decision to allow Captain Paul Watson out on bail, the battle to save his life must now intensify.  The Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt has confirmed, together with the General Public Prosecutor, that the authority to save Captain Paul Watson’s life belongs to the Honorable German Minister of Justice.  Continue to write, call, email, and fax the Honorable German Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs.

These Honorable Ministers must see their way clear to act now as delineated by the General Public Prosecutor and Higher Regional Court.  Captain Paul Watson is expecting his supporters worldwide to take our demands to save his life to the doorsteps of Germany’s diplomatic missions around the globe.   We are calling for a Global Day of Action on Wednesday May 23rd.  On this day the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will be visiting German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin.  Wednesday May 23rd is S.O.S. Day – Save Our Skipper!

READ MORE: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/05/19/sos-day-save-our-skipper-wednesday-may-23rd-1380

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May 22, 2012

Greetings From Germany

COMMENTARY BY CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON

http://www.seashepherd.org/commentary-and-editorials/2012/05/22/greetings-from-germany-537

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May 18, 2012

The German Higher Regional Court, in Frankfurt,  granted Captain Watson bail but also approved the prosecutor’s request to move forward on the Captain’s extradition to Costa Rica, where he will certainly NOT receive a fair trial, if he even makes it to trial.  BUT the court also implied the Ministry of Justice has the power to free the Captain and end this.

From Sea Shepherd

“In a press release, received towards the end of business hours Friday, the Higher Regional Court stated that “the question of whether or not Mr. Paul Watson will be extradited is not ultimately a decision by the Higher Regional Court but by the executive body which is the Ministry of Justice”.

“Even the Higher Regional Court is stating that the Ministry of Justice in Germany can step in and prevent his extradition at any time. The international campaign to save Captain Paul Watson from a politically-motivated extradition to Costa Rica where he will not receive a fair trial, nor is it likely that he would even survive jail to see the inside of a courtroom, is having an effect. The Taiwanese shark fin mafia in Costa Rica has made threats on Captain Paul Watson’s life.”

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It’s imperative we continue to appeal to the Ministers for Captain Watson’s release!!

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Please Call, Email, and Fax the following Ministers

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
Federal Minister of Justice

Deutscher Bundestag
Platz der Republik
11011 Berlin

Telephone 030 – 227 751 62
Fax 030 – 227 764 02
E-Mail: sabine.leutheusser-schnarrenberger@bundestag.de

Federal Ministry of Justice
Mohrenstrasse
37
10117 Berlin
Germany

Telephone: +49 (030) 18 580-0
Telefax: +49 (030) 18 580-9525

Dr. Guido WesterwelleMinister of Foreign Affairs
FDP-Bundestagsfraktion
Platz der Republik 1
11011
Berlin

Tel.: 030 / 22771636
Fax: 030 / 22776562
E-Mail: guido.westerwelle@bundestag.de

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May 18, 2012

Bogus Extradition Process to Proceed, but Captain Paul Watson Granted Bail

Higher Regional Court Defers Judgment to Ministry of Justice

In an extraordinary move by the German Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt, the court has granted the general public prosecutor’s request for Captain Paul Watson’s preliminary arrest for extradition to Costa Rica.  However, the court has also granted bail for Captain Paul Watson during the time the court considers whatever documentation Costa Rica is able to provide to substantiate their bogus allegations against Captain Paul Watson. It is expected that Captain Paul Watson will be freed on bail on Monday, May 21, 2012. Sea Shepherd’s legal team says this is an unusual, but promising move on the part of the Higher Regional Court and is further indication that the international campaigning efforts for Captain Paul Watson’s release are being heard in the chambers of justice in Germany.

READ MORE: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/05/18/higher-regional-court-defers-judgment-to-ministry-of-justice-bogus-extradition-process-to-proceed-bu-1379

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Paul Watson freed on bail while extradition considered

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 – By AFP
Court in Frankfurt said a Costa Rican extradition request would be considered.

BERLIN A German court Friday granted bail to Paul Watson, the founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, while authorities decide whether he can be extradited to Costa Rica.

The higher regional court in Frankfurt said in a statement a Costa Rican extradition request would be considered on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation with alleged shark finners in 2002.

READ MORE: http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Paul-Watson-freed-on-bail-while-extradition-considered_Friday-May-18-2012

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Statement from German Court

Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main provisional arrest orders against animal protection activist Paul Watson and sets out safety warrant for execution

05/18/2012 – Press Release
The Higher Regional Court Frankfurt (OLG) has just been arranged at the request of the Attorney General’s Office against the animal protection activist Paul Watson, the provisional arrest warrant based on a Costa Rica (on the facts, see previous press release of today). In its decision the Court of Appeals noted, that the delivery of Watson’s outset is inadmissible, especially because the alleged actions would be punishable under German law and are not barred.At the same time, the OLG has the extradition warrant, under the condition set out enforcement, that a security of 250.000, – € will be provided. 
After the performance security, as Watson himself had offered, he is therefore set at liberty. However, it may leave the Federal Republic of Germany until the conclusion of the extradition proceedings and does not need to follow additional requirements.Since both the victims of persecution or his authorized representative has been informed and the Attorney General already has the decision could be contrary to earlier announcement of a press release today.Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main, Decision of 05.18.2012, file number two foreigners A 106/12
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Photo: Bottlenose Dolphin Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Tags: Free Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, bail, political prisoner, German Ministers of Justice,  keep up the pressure,  Costa Rica, extradition, illegal shark finning

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