Written by Michelle Kretzer
He limped around in circles, desperately
searching for a way to escape the heavy metal trap with steel jaws that cut
into his paw and sent pain shooting through his body. A crowd of people was
forming, pointing at the blood in the snow, graphic evidence of the potshots taken by passing
hunters who had spotted the wolf from the road, his black fur an easy
target against the white snow. The wolf struggled to stay on his feet, panting in agony and trying in vain to
escape his tormenters. When the trapper arrived, instead of putting the anguished
animal out of his misery, the man posed for proud, smiling pictures in the
blood-drenched snow. He later bragged on a blog about how the wolf would make a
nice trophy for his wall.
Cruel torture killings like this one
have played out over and over in Idaho and Montana ever since grey wolves in
the Northern Rockies lost the protection of the Endangered Species Act in 2011.
In the past wolf-hunting season alone, 534 wolves were trapped, snared, and/or shot, cutting the estimated grey wolf population in the two states in half.
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Despite vigorous opposition from PETA and ranchers, grey wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1995. We predicted that as soon as the wolves' numbers grew and they began
preying on livestock and deer and elk (which the hunters want for themselves),
the pressure would mount to exterminate them. Less than two decades later, that
Please, ask your congressional
representatives to put wolves back on the endangered species list and save them
from being tortured and killed by trappers and hunters.
There's no gray area
when it comes to The Grey—this film has been rotten to wolves from the get-go.
before filming started, PETA met with a producer of
and explained how animals used in movies often spend most of their time
confined to chains or cages when they are not performing and may be beaten or
deprived of food in order to force them to perform. The producers assured us that
they would use only computer-generated imagery and animatronic wolves—but
we've now learned that they reneged on their
Joe Carnage—oh, excuse me … Carnahan—ordered
wolf carcasses flown in
for the cast to eat so that the actors
would "have a sense of the movie we were making."
He bought the meat from a trapper, meaning that the wolves likely suffered horribly
in traps before being killed.
surprisingly, Liam Neeson, no friend to animals,
was game for eating wildlife.
film that has the potential to scare more people than "Little Red Riding
Hood," The Grey portrays these intelligent,
family-oriented animals the same way in which Jaws portrays sharks. The writers paint a pack of wolves living in
the Alaskan wilderness
as bloodthirsty monsters, intent on killing every survivor of a plane crash by
tearing each person limb from limb. Yet wolves aren't aggressive animals, and
as Maggie Howell, the managing director of America's Wolf Conservation Center, says, "Wolves don't hunt
humans—they actually shy away from them."
just shy away—run away from The Grey.
Written by PETA
In a case of literal overkill, Sweden is turning more than 6,700 hunters loose on just 20 wolves. In case you don't have a calculator handy, that breaks down to about 335 armed-and-dangerous folks per animal—in a country with only about 200 wolves. And Sweden claims that this is being done to increase the country's wolf population. Wow, if that's how they handle reproductive problems, I'd hate to visit a Swedish fertility clinic!
The European Union (EU) is calling Sweden out on its bull … er, wolf droppings, warning the country that the hunt violates EU directives. EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik has proposed formal proceedings against Sweden for breaching EU regulations. But the action will be too late for the wolves—at least 16 have already died, and during a previous wolf slaughter, hunters went over their quota.
Wolves mate for life and live in close-knit family units that work together to care for their young and hunt. They rarely have internal disputes with other pack members—something we humans could learn from. Hunting can devastate entire communities of these intelligent, social animals.
Not mentioning anyone by name (*cough* Sarah Palin *cough*), but some in the U.S. also have wolf blood on their hands. You can do something about it here.
Written by Jeff Mackey
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