Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Take Direct Action NOW To Fight Palin's Jihad On Wildlife

"...a jihad against black bears by paramilitary groups" is what Alaskan Board of Game member Ben Grussendorf called some of the recent proposals to kill, cull, gas, trap and exterminate large percentages of Alaskan wildlife in their native habitat - and he wasn't even particularly against it! The news is all over the place, no further pixels need to be splashed around here describing Palin's Jihad On Wildlife. What is needed is action. Big actions, little actions, any action at all, if taken by each and every one of us, will get results! Here is info gathered from commentors and websites everywhere on what you can do to become more informed, educate others, and take some direct action right from your own home against Palin's Jihad.

1. RESPOND to those who say that "liberals and lower 48ers don't understand that wolves are opportunistic killers that must be stopped" -The following video blasts Palin's justifications for Alaska's current aerial wolf hunting program.

http://current.com/items/88811075/end_aerial_wolf_hunting.htm

Using testimony from Alaska Department of Fish & Game staff, a master hunting guide, and Board of Game members, the video exposes the fallacy behind Governor Sarah Palin's claim that predator control is based on sound science and is for the benefit of subsistence hunters. Sport and trophy hunters take up to 73% of prey in areas where aerial wolf hunting has taken place. Five years in the making, this video exposes the truth about the stranglehold the hunting lobby has on wildlife management in Alaska.

A shorter version of the video can be seen here: http://current.com/items/88820228/end_aerial_wolf_hunting_short_version.htm

Trophy hunt prices in Alaska, provided by Palingates website:

Day hunt for a single species:
Moose $10,500, Grizzly Bear $8,500, Brown Bear $12,500

Combination hunts (add the species above to the species price below)
Black bear $2,500, Wolf $750
Trophy Fee on Grizzly Bear $9,750, Moose $9,450, Caribou $6,800.

These prices are in addition to the $19,500 all inclusive fees (licenses, air charter, G.S.T. and meat flight) for the hunt.


2. MAKE A PHONE CALL - it's easy, you do it every day, all the time. Dial the US Fish & Wildlife Service & comment on the de-listing of the Grey Wolf from the Endangered Species Act, decry the "collateral damage" to brown bears that will occur because Alaska has decided to kill 60% of the population of black bears. Mention the fisheries crises and overfishing which hurts rural village food supplies, mention that Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet need protection from Palin's toxic dumping and drilling policies. CALL the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service M-F 8am - 8pm at 1-800-344-9453, select option “3” (for endangered species) and hit “0” to speak with the operator. Make your voice heard. Now is the time, not later. Pass this number on. Ask at least one good friend or love of your life who otherwise wouldn't think of it to call as a favor to you.

3. EMAIL SARAH PALIN! She wants to hear your opinions, so tell her what you think. Don't insult her, just try to get Palin's Jihad called off.

http://gov.state.ak.us/govmail.php

4. READ ON - be armed with facts, so that reasonable discourse may take place with friends, relatives and co-workers who feel differently about the issue or don't care.

http://www.grizzlybay.org/SarahPalinInfoPage.htm

http://www.akwildlife.org/content/view/75/70/

http://alaskareport.com/news98/x61644_wolf_palin.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/palins-faith-based-scienc_b_131957.html

5. WRITE IN!

Start here and write to your lawmaker or representative your thoughts and comments on Palin's Jihad. Defenders of Wildlife has it all set up:

https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1329&s_einterest=C3C4

While you are there, explore the site and write in on other wildlife issues.

4. WATCH AND SEND THIS video to anybody who still doesn't know about this issue:

Palin's Toxic Billions and Belugas

5. CONTRIBUTE

Who will defend Alaska’s beleaguered wildlife? That’s the mission of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. But we can’t fulfill our mission without your help - we are in this together!

Alaska’s wildlife is depending on your
contribution of $35, $50, $100 or more.

http://www.akwildlife.org/

6. BECOME AN ACTIVIST, START A PROTEST, OR MEET WITH AN OFFICIAL, WRITE AN EDITORIAL...

Click here to get started___________________________


7. ADOPT A POLAR BEAR Right Here

Yes, the polar bears still really need all of us to care enough to protect them from trophy hunting, drilling and loss of their habitat.
  • Stop Congress from handing the sanctuary of America's vanishing polar bears over to Big Oil and fight for permanent protection for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by passing the Udall-Eisenhower Wilderness Act.
  • Pass the Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act to help polar bears survive the impacts of climate change.
  • Fight Safari Club International in court to prevent wealthy hunters from killing Canadian polar bears and bringing their heads, paws and furs back to the U.S. as trophies.

8. COMMENT! Please leave further info here on letter writing campaigns, protests, websites, anything that you hear about that takes direct action of some kind against Palin's Jihad.

4 comments:

Floyd M. Orr said...

This is a wonderful post, Helen! I have added a link to it at the bottom of my Save the Wolf Pups article. Thank you for your support of God's creatures.

http://floydmorr.blogspot.com/2009/03/save-wolf-pups.html

Helen said...

The Eye On Palin website has a running counter of wolves killed by aerial slaughter and a page for kids - they can print out a wolf coloring page and send it with a message to Palin. Parents are asked to sign a permission slip so that Eyeonpalin.org may use their kids artwork. What a great idea to get kids involved in protecting habitat and learning about the balance of nature!

http://www.eyeonpalin.org/take_action/kids.php

Anonymous said...

For more information, see:

Copy of the Protect America's Wildlife (PAW) Act of 2007
(Introduced in House)

Here is some more in depth info and direct action, found at
http://www.alaskawolfkill.com/

including PAW Act Fact Sheet


Aerial Hunting Q & A
Aerial Control in Other Wolf States
Hunting or Wildlife Management?
Brief History of Wolf Control in Alaska

Anonymous said...

To most Americans in this day and age, this is atrocious. But to those of us who have watched Sarah Palin at work for the past two years, it’s not at all surprising. As Governor, Palin has expanded Alaska’s aerial hunting further and faster than any predecessor, since anything seen since territorial days, when all predators were targeted for extermination as worthless vermin.

I’ve lived in Alaska for nearly 25 years, long enough to see the on-again off-again cycles of predator control. But never has the killing of wolves and bears in order to inflate the numbers of moose and caribou been so widespread and mean-spirited as under Palin’s reign.

Under Palin, private citizens kill wolves from planes under the guise of predator control. They run the wolves to exhaustion, and then shoot them. Under Palin, for the first time in 20 years, wolves are also gunned down from state-chartered helicopters. Palin authorized $400,000 in state funds for advertising to persuade Alaskans to vote against a ballot initiative that would have curtailed aerial hunting. Her propaganda was successful; the ballot measure failed.

Under Palin, for the first time since Alaska’s statehood in 1958, it’s legal to do land-and-shoot killing of bears and their cubs. Under Palin, predator control has spread from one to five regions of Alaska, to over 60,000 square miles, more than at any time since statehood. Nearly 800 wolves have been shot from planes, and some 2,000 are killed every year by other methods. And that’s just the reported deaths. Palin even went so far last year as to put a bounty on wolves—she wanted to pay $150 for a foreleg of each dead wolf. Thanks to Friends of Animals, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, and Defenders of Wildlife, her wolf bounty was ruled illegal by the courts.

Wildlife scientists from around the country are dismayed at Palin’s predator program, noting it doesn’t meet the standards recommended by the U.S. National Research Council to justify, implement, monitor, and evaluate. Last year, 172 scientists wrote to Palin, warning her that if she did reach the “unsustainable historically high” moose and caribou numbers she sought, it would ecologically backfire in a huge way: not only would she put at risk the long-term health of Alaska’s wolves, but of the very moose and caribou she sought to increase.

Palin would have the rest of Americans believe that this massive slaughter is acceptable, indeed necessary. She points to fifty years of statehood in which wolves have not become extinct. But the extent of the kill now far surpasses anything we’ve ever seen.

Even many Alaska hunters have grown outraged over Palin’s out-of-control wolf control. Most recently, she’s tried to give even more power to the Board of Game—the one that she appoints. This, wrote Alaska Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, would give her Board “more leeway without any scientific input to do whatever the hell they basically wanted.” This program has been a true black eye for all hunters in Alaska, and for our state.
Contrary to what Palin would have Americans believe, only 14 percent of Alaskans hunt. Of those, a small percentage are true subsistence hunters. Palin wants wolves and bears scraped from the landscape so it’s easier for urban hunters to get their kill in a weekend.

Don’t let her fool you: Wasilla has just as many big-box and fast-food stores as any place in America, and just as many opportunities to make money to buy food. Alaskans haven’t paid income tax for decades, and instead get over $1000 a year—for every man, woman, and child—in oil dividends. It’s not economic necessity that drives the killing of wolves.

During Alaska’s gubernatorial debates, Palin spoke with such passionate hatred about the need to kill wolves and bears that it sounded like we were thrown back into the dark ages of wildlife management, when bounties were paid for the feet of bald eagles, the fins of seals and sea lions, the skins of fox, coyote, wolf, and bear. Yes: bald eagles. They were blamed for eating too many salmon.

Read the rest of this well written article at

http://www.friendsofanimals.org/news/2008/september/vicious-sarah-palina.html