Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder of Howling for Wolves, put together a great list of guest speakers which included Howard Goldman from the Humane Society, Ray Owen (Dakota) from Prairie Island Reservation, Mike Forcia from AIM (American Indian Movement) representing the Ojibwe tribe, and veterinarian & ecologist Dr. Michael Fox. I videotaped their speeches in three parts (I had to cut it into three parts because I was afraid my camera didn't have enough memory but I promise I didn't leave any of the important parts out). Please watch the videos! They are informative and enlightening. Photos from the rally are below the videos. Please read the press release about the rally at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Maureen Hackett's opening speech:
Guest Speaker Howard Goldman from the Humane Society
A group of HFW volunteers having a friendly conversation with capitol security while looking at some photographs.
Various individuals against the wolf hunt. Several Native American (American Indian) tribes were represented.
A gathering of "wolf protectors" < that is what I call all of them :)
My daughter and another individual on the Capitol steps protesting the wolf hunt/trap.
My little ones are the first to hold the banner for the day.
Protesters of the wolf hunt/trap gathering on the Capitol steps
The legislators initially came up the front steps but they didn't even want to make eye contact with us so they tried to sneak in a side entrance but the wolf protectors weren't going to let them off so easy so we all perched ourselves near that entrance.
Early morning gathering of wolf protectors.