I'm an animal lover, there's no doubt about that. But I feel a special connection with wolves. Perhaps it's their mysteriousness, or cunningness, or maybe it's their resemblance to domestic dogs. The PBS Film, "The Wolf that Changed America", certainly strengthened my reverence for them, as did one of my all time movies, Dances With Wolves.
So when I received an e-mail yesterday from Defender's of Wildlife that said gray wolves in the Rockies, especially Idaho, are in danger it made me very sad. According to them,
Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game has announced that they will target the Buffalo Ridge pack -- and 25 more packs -- for extermination once U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s decision to eliminate life-saving federal protections goes into effect on May 4th.
First of all, I just can't understand how we can still, with all of the knowledge that we have in our midst, still think we have the right to exterminate any species, regardless of what they have done. I really thought we were past the phase in human history where we believe it's o.k. to slaughter wild animals at the drop of a hat. (Wait, what am I thinking, wasn't it just last month that we kept hearing about governor Palin's aerial gunning campaign of the Alaskan wolf?) This exact thinking is what now puts the Mexican Gray wolf on the verge of extinction, and quite certainly will do the same for the Rocky Mountain gray wolves once again.
Fortunately, Defenders of wildlife, is running a campaign to stop this madness by taking legal action and helping ranchers to find alternatives to wolf killing. They are asking for donations to help their efforts, and since I don't have much money to donate, I devised another plan...
I've created a mixed-media painting that is for sale in my Etsy shop. This painting is done on a chip board card with found objects (like the leather strings from old shoes), acrylic, paper, pencil, and marker. I'm selling it for $35 in my shop (shipping included), of which $30 (my profit) will be donated to the Campaign to Save America's Wolves.
...and it was inspired by this poem:
The spirit of the Wolf resides in my heart
Mostly peacefully, yet ever wild
Running in time to the blowing wind
Dancing in the clouds that drift in the Heavens.
The spirit of the Wolf resides in my soul
Longing to hear the song of the Great One
Striving to be that which I am in my natural state
Succeeding only because of the Love that the Universe grants me.
Theme from Dances with Wolves