The Politics of Animal Liberation
This week a Mexican Grey Wolf was released from the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minnesota by Animal Liberation Front. (Here is the news story).
While I whole-heartedly oppose animal testing, I find this act problematic.
Mexican Grey Wolves are desert animals – they are native to the deserts of the southwestern United States. Being released in the winter of northern Minnesota is essentially a death sentence for this animal (especially one that has never lived in the wild before) it will be incapable of adapting to the cold climate. Furthermore, even if it does survive, there is a grave risk that this endangered species will be mistaken for a coyote and shot.