Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonthehill. I saw a trailer for a film called The Grey today, and thought it might be about our Grey, currently starring in the Werewolf of Oz, as it has been involved in such an incredibly epic soloish ramble for over a year.
The Grey is not about our Grey
As it turned out, I was doubly disappointed. Not only is it not about our Grey, but it looks like it is about some humans trying to survive in Alaska with wolves attacking them.
I have only seen a trailer, so might be getting it wrong, and maybe the film will have a more understanding message about wolves than it looks.
The Human-Wolf Relationship is the Reverse
Hopefully most people will know that wolf attacks on humans are very rare, while wolves have been exterminated in most parts of the world with any sizeable population of humans, and have now moved to the harsh fringes of the world to try and survive.
Although we support the right to make such a film under freedom of speech, we just hope it won’t do to wolves what Jaws did to sharks. Defenders of Wildlife are having enough trouble trying to save wolves from further persecution without films that may demonise them.
Alaska is a Battleground for Wildlife
It is also ironic that it is set in Alaska, as some members of the state have tried to continue the aerial shooting of wildlife after most states complied with it being made illegal in 1971.
On the Defenders of Wildlife website page about aerial gunning they report:
In March 2011, The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced its decision not to allow the State of Alaska to kill wolves on Unimak Island, a part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The decision was underpinned by sound science…