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Update: Aerial gunning has begun in Alaska - help wolves today November 30, 2005 11:59 AM

The snow is just beginning to fall in Alaska, which is bad news for wolves.

The Alaska Board of Game has already begun issuing aerial gunning permits for the third wolf killing season in a row. Wolves are now being shot from airplanes in some parts of the state and additional expansive areas will be opened up soon. Over 400 wolves have been slaughtered in the last two years, and hundreds more could die this year from the brutal practice of aerial gunning.

Defenders of Wildlife is using every means possible to ban aerial gunning. It has petitioned Interior Secretary Gale Norton to halt the practice as a violation of the Federal Airborne Hunting Act. Defenders has launched a multi-faceted campaign to shine the media spotlight and generate national outrage against the aerial wolf killing.

We've already raised close to $30,000 so far to save Alaska's wolves through our
holiday gift wolf adoption campaign. If you haven't yet adopted a wolf this year for someone you love, please do so today -- your gift wolf adoption will fund effective, on-the-ground conservation measures for Alaska's wolves. Reader's Digest named Defenders of Wildlife "America's Best Wildlife Charity."

When you
adopt a wolf as a gift for family or friends, Defenders will send that special someone on your holiday gift list a plush wolf and a certificate of adoption. Your tax deductible adoption will provide resources for our wolf efforts and you'll enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you're making a difference.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of December to fund this critical campaign. We're one third of the way there --
adopt a wolf as a holiday gift today, and help us keep Alaska's wolves out of the cross-hairs!

The holidays will soon be here, so please consider adopting a wolf today. Make your adoption gift by December 7 and Defenders will give you a 10 percent discount (use code ACF10 when placing your adoption order).

Thank you for all that you've done to help wolves,

Rebecca Young,
Care2 and ThePetitionSite team

P.S. Please forward this message to three friends and family members to spread the word about our campaign to save Alaska's wolves. Encourage them to join you in
adopting a wolf for the holidays and helping to fund Defenders of Wildlife's critical wolf protection campaign. And thank you again for everything you've done!

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