Animal rights' group urges tourism boycott

Posted: Tuesday, March 09, 2010

JUNEAU - An animal rights' group is calling for a tourism boycott of Alaska over a recent decision to remove buffer zones for wolf trapping near Denali National Park.

Friends of Animals' President Priscilla Feral says last week's decision by a divided Alaska Board of Game lacked any sense of decency.

She says treating wolves as vermin is an extreme attitude and that her group is taking a drastic step in response. She says Gov. Sean Parnell needs to intervene.

Parnell's spokeswoman said the buffer zone was scheduled to sunset this year. Sharon Leighhow said there's a "very healthy wolfpack" and that Parnell respects the board's decision.

Feral says Friends of Animals last used a tourism boycott to protest Alaska's wolf program in the early 1990s.

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