Monday, January 30, 2012
The Grey: A Misleading Portrayal of Wolves
“The notion that wolves attack humans is ridiculous,” says Wendy Keefover, carnivore-protection director for WildEarth Guardians, one of several groups that has called for a boycott of the film.“Most people don’t know anything about wolves. This movie will tap into their primal fears and create mass hysteria."
Only two fatal wolf attacks have been documented in the history of North America, yet The Grey depicts wolves as eviscerating man-eaters. Maggie Howell, managing director of America's Wolf Conservation Center, says, "Wolves don't hunt humans - they actually shy away from them."
In addition, animal rights groups are upset because cast members ate wolf meat while shooting in Alaska. Director Joe 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.
Grey wolves have been brought back from the edge of extinction to a population of 5,500 in eight states in the Northern Rockies. Last year, the Interior Department caved to pressure from ranchers and hunters to allow regular wolf hunts.
Here's the truth about grey wolves: they are delisted and have a fragile hold on survival. They need our help and our understanding. Not our ignorance and exploitation.
Sources: The Daily Beast, Global Animal, The PETA Files
Image by Joel Sartore