July 17th, 2009 12:48 EST
Politicians Make Friends with Wolves in the Wild
We`re making big progress in the fight to end Alaska`s barbaric aerial wolf-killing programs and stop programs like them from spreading to other states.
Already, more than 70 U.S. representatives have signed on as original cosponsors of California Congressman George Miller`s Protect America`s Wildlife (PAW) Act, which would rein in Alaska`s out-of-control aerial slaughter of wolves.
Unfortunately, your representative, Rep. Bill Posey , has yet to join the fight to save our wolves and other wildlife.
Take action now. Urge your U.S. representative to sign on as an original cosponsor of the PAW Act.
Since 2003, more than 1,000 wolves have been slaughtered under the State of Alaska`s aerial wolf killing programs, shot dead by airborne gunners with high-powered rifles or chased to exhaustion and executed at point-blank range.
To artificially inflate Alaska`s moose and caribou populations -- often for the benefit trophy hunters that don`t even live in Alaska -- outgoing governor Sarah Palin accelerated the killing in recent years. In March, state employees carrying out Palin`s out-of-control wolf killing program even used helicopters to chase and kill 84 wolves in the Upper Yukon/Tanana area, near the National Park System`s Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
According to photos and recordings of the hunt obtained by our sister organization Defenders of Wildlife, some of these wolves were chased and harassed for nearly ten miles before being shot -- exactly the type of harassment that Congress outlawed when it passed the Airborne Hunting Act in 1971.
Alaska`s aerial killing programs are out of control. Urge your representative to cosponsor the PAW Act to save the lives of wolves and restore science and integrity to wildlife management on America`s Last Frontier.
If passed, the PAW Act would put an end to the out-of-control wolf massacre in Alaska and prevent programs like it from spreading to other states. Will you help us encourage your representative to support this vital legislation?
Let your lawmakers know that you support the PAW Act and an end to the scientifically unfounded aerial killing of wolves. Please send your message today!
Today is the first day of our multi-step campaign to pass the PAW Act, so please take action today and help us send 25,000 messages and a powerful message -- to Congress by July 20th.
We can save the lives of wolves and other wildlife threatened by aerial gunning programs like Alaska`s, but we need your help to win. I hope you`ll take the time to use your voice and make a difference "
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund