Defenders of Wildlife Brings Wolves to Farm Bureau Convention

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During "Albuquerque Wolf Week"

(01/04/1999) - Who:
Defenders of Wildlife, Mission:Wolf wolves, National Family Farm Coalition, and other supporters

What:
Press conference and luncheon featuring wolves from Mission:Wolf

When:
Monday, January 11, 1999 at 11:00a.m.

Where:
Hyatt Albuquerque 330 Tijeras, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Sendero III

Why:
Defenders of Wildlife will challenge the Farm Bureau Federation of America to drop its lawsuit against the Yellowstone wolves and thus to save the lives of the wolves

At the Farm Bureau's annual national convention, being held in Albuquerque at the Albuquerque Convention Center from January 9-14, Defenders of Wildlife will be calling on the Farm Bureau and its president, Dean Kleckner, to withdraw its lawsuit that could result in the removal and subsequent slaughter of the approximately 200 wolves to which Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho are home. Defenders will also be calling on the Farm Bureau to withdraw from its current attempts to thwart the recent Mexican wolf reintroduction in the American Southwest.

An ambassador wolf from Mission:Wolf, the Colorado-based wolf refuge and education center, will be on hand in Albuquerque on Monday, January 11, at the Farm Bureau convention to demonstrate the reserved and shy nature of these magnificent wild animals. In conjunction, Albuquerque mayor Jim Baca has declared the week of January 10 as "Wolf Week" in Albuquerque.

"Rami, the ambassador wolf, symbolizes the growing movement among environmentalists, ranchers, and farmers to work together to preserve all of creation," says Defenders President Rodger Schlickeisen.

Bill Christison, a farmer and president of the National Family Farm Coalition, and Mike Callicrate, a rancher and spokesman for the Cattlemen's Legal Fund, will speak on behalf of farmers and ranchers nationwide who feel that Farm Bureau policies have been corrupted to advance the interests of large agribusiness corporations over those of the family farmer and the environment.

RSVP space and luncheon food is limited for the Monday morning press event. Credentialed press may reserve a space by calling Ken Goldman at 202-682-9400 x221 before January 8, 1999. B-roll is also available at the same number.

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Contact(s):

Cat Lazaroff, (202) 772-3270