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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

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Group plans Lansing protest to stop wolf killing in Alaska

'Howl-ins' meant to target tourism in state

December 10, 2003

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An animal rights group plans "howl-ins" in Lansing and other cities the weekend after Christmas to protest a predator control program allowing wolves to be shot from airplanes in Alaska.

Using the Internet to spread the word, Friends of Animals is making plans for protests Dec. 27-28. Other locations include New York; San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif., and Colorado Springs, Colo.

On Tuesday, Priscilla Feral, president of the group, said the response from wolf advocates to launch a protest targeting Alaska's $2-billion tourism business has been enthusiastic.

"They are saying Alaska's state-sponsored wolf shooting program is a national disgrace and an ethical outrage," she said.

More protests will be held on following weekends in dozens of cities, Feral said.

Protesters will be handed postcards to send to Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski, saying they won't choose the state as a tourist destination as long as it insists on going forward with its wolf-killing program.

Thirty-thousand postcards have been printed so far, she said.

The Darien, Conn.-based group, which has 200,000 members, was responsible for a successful tourism boycott about a decade ago that resulted in then-Gov. Walter J. Hickel imposing a moratorium on wolf control. The group held howl-ins in 51 cities around the country. Something similar is planned this time around, she said...

I propose a compromise. Instead of being killed, I think that the wolves should be tranquilized and rounded up, then released to a new habitat... backyards of Greenpeace activists all over the country.

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