The other night, I saw a friend who is also passionate about wild canines - one of the people we visited the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre with. I remarked how I can't understand killing such magnificent creatures for no reason. She said, "It's worse than killing them for no reason. It's killing them for fun."
I was struck by the appropriateness of that correction. Killing them for fun. Not for food, or even for commerce. For recreation.
And never forget, the slaughter stems directly from government policy. For these animals, as for many of us, it's a one-party system.
The only silver lining is that policy can be changed.
From email from the NRDC Save BioGems project:
The war on wolves is getting uglier by the day.
It's tragic enough that a record 402 wolves were killed last year in Idaho and Montana after their removal from the endangered species list -- an astronomical level that amounts to one-third of the entire wolf population in those two states.
But what saddens me almost as much are the barbaric tactics that wolf-haters have been employing lately.
For example, on Christmas Eve, Idaho wolf supporter Lynne Stone received a threatening email from a wolf hater there. The email only said "Merry Cristmas" (spelled without the 'h') and included a morbid photo of a bloodied dead wolf in the back of a pickup truck.
This disturbing photo and sinister email remind us of what wolves and their supporters are up against -- and why we need you to speak out now against the savage slaughter of wolves.
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Here are a few shocking examples of how ugly the situation has become:
Just a few weeks ago, a Wolf/Coyote/Predator Killing Derby was held in Idaho, where prizes were given away for shooting the most animals. Participants were told in advance they'd be able to use "wolf distress calls" to attract nearby wolves to the rifle range.
. . . a sickening sign outside an Idaho restaurant proclaimed, "Tag a Wolf. Get a Free Pizza and Pitcher of Beer."
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Many wolf packs have been decimated. A majority of Idaho's Basin Butte pack, a favorite of wolf-watchers, was wiped out, seven of them by government agents firing from a helicopter or airplane. The remaining members of Montana's Sage Creek pack were also killed by aerial gunners. Four of the 10 wolves in Yellowstone Park's much-studied Cottonwood Creek pack were killed when they ventured out of the park's boundaries. And government agents have recently been authorized to destroy several packs in Montana.
This disastrous open season on wolves has reversed so much of our hard-won progress over the past several years. . . .
Over the next critical months, NRDC will be facing off in federal court against Interior Secretary Salazar over the fate of the wolf.
But legal action is just one important tactic. Public action is another. That's why we're urging you to show the Interior Secretary that you care about wolves.
Powerful government agencies and a vocal minority of hunters and ranchers have lined up against the wolves of the Northern Rockies. But the wolves have you. It's urgent that you stand with us now.
Even if you've signed other wolf petitions, please add your name to this one. Tell Salazar to call off the guns!
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Ever since going to the Wolf Centre last summer, we've been planning to return for a winter visit, when the wolfs are in full coat and most active. I was very disappointed to learn that the Centre is only open on weekends from October to May! Unfortunately, I can't take a day off to go up there again. As a consolation prize, we're going to Jungle Cat World, where my wolf-loving war-resister friend goes regularly to interact with wolves, cougars, tigers and other creatures.
More pics from our wolf visit here.
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Please don't forget to sign the petition.