Speak for Wolves, June 28-29, 2014, Arch Park, Gardiner, Montana

Friends of the Clearwater announces the 3-month countdown to the national event, Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014.

It is set for June 28-29 at Arch Park in Gardiner, Montana. Organizers say, “It’s an exciting time. We are recruiting speakers, gaining event sponsors, creating educational materials and designing logos, etc. The event website has been launched — www.speakforwolves.org. The Twitter account@speakforwolves is also part of the event. Yesterday, the event promotional video was released. Watch it below.

Speak for Wolves, Yellowstone 2014 is directed at stopping the wolf slaughter taking place across America by starting a serious discussion about reforming wildlife management, at both the state and federal level. Event promoters say The West will never be a Wild West until citizens change the current wildlife paradigm, policies and management objectives.







  1. Merlyn Nelson Avatar

    cant wait. let’s kick up some dust!!

    1. Brett Haverstick Avatar

      Thank you Merlyn for your support. And that’s exactly what we want to do: shake things up and change the status quo.

  2. Immer Treue Avatar
    Immer Treue

    When it’s all said and done, we can take consolation that wolves are no longer championed by a handful of mammalogists.

    1. Kristi Avatar

      Or special interest, boot-licking, butt-kissing state legislatures.

  3. Marc Avatar

    The 5 Keys to Reforming Wildlife Management are long overdue. I don’t see how we can implement this program by supporting livestock industry marketing gimmicks such as the “predator-friendly” beef offered at the gathering.
    The Center for Biological Diversity has launched a new campaign Take extinction off your plate. We need to stand firm against the livestock industry, not look for more compromises.

    1. Brett Haverstick Avatar

      Hi Marc your point is fair. We have yet to choose our food/drink vendors for the event. We aim to work with a predator-friendly rancher that operates on private land. Hope to see you in June!

  4. Gina Edwards Avatar
    Gina Edwards

    Was at the Pinetop hearing with my family last December. We spoke on behalf of wolves including my 8 yr. old daughter Brianna. We met Oliver Starr and so many other wolf advocates. We are trying desperately to make it to this event.

  5. Rosemary Lowe Avatar

    Sorry to see your menu laden with animal flesh, including
    “wolf-friendly beef,” which is a myth,and should certainly not be supported by those who really want to save wolves and other wildlife. I was planning to attend with 2-3 other people, but we will not be coming. When you decide that “compromise” is not the way to save remaining wild animals and wild places, please let us know. Haven’t we compromised away enough, when most native wild animals are just hanging on, when wolves, coyotes & other innocent animals are now being slaughtered even more every day? In the meantime, we at foranimals.org. plan to oppose all such compromise–and stand up on the side of the animals. Ask the wolves what they think about your current compromise, collaboration with ranchers.

    1. Nancy Avatar

      Rosemary – my guess would be there are many on this site who consume beef whether it be from “wolf friendly beef” ranchers (and there are some out there 🙂 or not, who still champion ways to reduce the conflict between ranchers and predators.

      If you (and 2-3 others) have the time, I’d suggest you attend and lend your support to this event. If nothing else, it might open eyes to your agenda:


      com·pro·mise [kom-pruh-mahyz] Show IPA



      a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.


      the result of such a settlement.


      something intermediate between different things: The split-level is a compromise between a ranch house and a multistoried house.


      an endangering, especially of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.: a compromise of one’s integrity.

      verb (used with object), com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.


      to settle by a compromise.


      to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize: a military oversight that compromised the nation’s defenses.


      Obsolete .


      to bind by bargain or agreement.


      to bring to terms.

      1. Ida Lupine Avatar
        Ida Lupine


        to yield or concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.

        We don’t want to go so far with compromise that we ‘compromise’ our principles either. Besides appearing weak, so far, it isn’t working very well either.


        Synonyms Expand

        1. calm, placate. 3. Appease, conciliate, propitiate imply trying to preserve or obtain peace. To appease is to make anxious overtures and often undue concessions to satisfy the demands of someone with a greed for power, territory, etc.: “Chamberlain tried to appease Hitler at Munich.” To conciliate is to win an enemy or opponent over by displaying a willingness to be just and fair: “When mutual grievances are recognized, conciliation is possible.” To propitiate is to admit a fault, and, by trying to make amends, to allay hostile feeling: “to propitiate an offended neighbor.”


        Antonyms Expand

        1. enrage. 2. increase, arouse, sharpen. 3. defy.

        Examples for ap-pease Expand

        We’ve got a double-barrel blast of reviews to appease your gadget lust.
        It is not clear whether the new appointments will appease the company’s critics.
        On this coast old stone monuments appease the spirits of dead whales.
        In this eccentric tale, a grandfather changes his wish for youth in order to appease his grandson.
        Quick let’s say something to appease the masses.
        Her acquisitive tendencies get out of hand, however, as her family goes to ridiculous lengths to appease her.
        Some hotels that are under renovation are trying new tricks to appease guests.
        The ruling family has taken some steps to appease the protesters.
        That should appease them.
        That makes them harder to identify, appease and control.


        British Dictionary definitions for ap-pease Expand

        appease (əˈpiːz)

        1. to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp by acceding to the demands of
        2. to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc)

        [C16: from Old French apaisier, from pais peace, from Latin pax]





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        Word Origin and History for ap-pease Expand


        early 14c., from O.Fr. apaiser, apeser “to pacify, make peace, appease, be reconciled, placate” (12c.), from the phrase a paisier “bring to peace,” from a- “to” + pais, from L. pacem (nom. pax) “peace.”

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        1. Ida Lupine Avatar
          Ida Lupine

          oops, sorry, I copied too much by mistake for my definition of appease.

      2. Marc Avatar

        Apparently the organizers (Brett?) have dropped the reference on their speakforwolves.org website to “predator-friendly” beef. There is no explanation of why this was dropped, but it seems to confirm the need to address point 4 of the definition of compromise you cited above: an endangering, especially of reputation … a compromise of one’s integrity.

  6. Rosemary Lowe Avatar

    This latest communication from Mike Hudak,who worked on the Public Lands Ranching issue for 15yrs:
    “Governor Butch Otter of Idaho is waging and all-out war against wolves and endangered Canada lynx on public lands in Idaho. Wolves were removed from the endangered species list for political reasons in 2013 and Idaho, with the help of the federal Wildlife Services, is slaughtering wolves as they leave Yellowstone National Park.”

    “Please sign my friend Tom Ribe’s Change.org petition to end Idaho’s war” on wolves:http://chn.ge/Sn36ye

    Please understand: this is an all-out WAR against wolves, and other native wild animals. It may be great for some who attend this “celebration” of wolves in Gardiner to want to relax and enjoy the wonderful photos of live wolves.
    But, the hard, cold reality is that more wolves, coyotes, mountain lion, bobcat and other innocent native animals are dying than ever before, because of the Livestock Industry and their hunting friends, who have declared War on the animals.
    Can the wolves being slaughtered right outside Yellowstone take any more of us humans compromising their lives away? Whenever we humans talk of more compromise, we must realize that WE are compromising more wolf lives, more coyote lives, and we send a disgusting message to the enemy: we are weak, and have no clear plan to stop this massacre.

    The people on this blog obviously care about the animals. But, compromise has been used by us humans for far too long–and it is not saving animal lives. If anyone really believes this, I have a nice used car to sell them–cheap.

    Whether so-called “wolf-friendly beef” allegedly comes from “privately-grazed land or not, is a mute point. The question we should ask is: why are we, who love native wild animals, & who are sickened by the Livestock/hunting Industry’s slaughter of these animals, in any way at all supportive of such a menu at this event? Brett put together a strong proposal: one the major points being that All Livestock be Removed from Public Lands–period. Why is anyone willing to support any kind of rancher product when the Livestock Industry is now declaring an all-out war against us, and the wildlife? The redneck racist, Bundy is Nevada is just the tip of the iceberg, friends. Here is Otero County, N.M., The American Lands Council, sponsored by the N.M. Cattle Growers’ had a coalition meeting of public lands ranchers from all over the West. Their agenda? to privatize public lands, and they support Public Lands Ranching, Hunting, Trapping & more. Is compromising with these killers going to help the wolf??