What’s expected to be a major blockbuster film opening this week has animal rights activists howling in dismay. The Grey, a story about a group roughneck oil drillers stranded in the Alaskan wilderness starring Liam Neeson, depicts a group of blood-thirsty monstrous wolves stalking and mauling the stranded workers.
The movie pits man versus beast as the wolves are depicted as vicious man-eaters. In reality, there have only been two fatal wolf attacks in the history of North America. History is full of stories that make wolves into villains—like The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood.
Animal activists are upset because many people misunderstand wolves and their fear is that this lack of understanding could lead to the type of mass hysteria and fear of sharks caused by Steven Spielberg’s 1970’s movie Jaws. They fear that the panic The Grey could cause would hurt wolf conservation efforts and lead to an increase in killing these intelligent creatures.
Endangered wolves are still hunted in parts of North America and conservationists are concerned that the movie could lead to an increase in hunting and/or violence toward wolves. The director, Joe Carnahan, didn’t intend for the movie to suggest that wolves are vicious animals, and that the Alaskan wilderness was the real danger.
Whatever the director’s intent, the movie may send the wrong message, and it’s obvious that there is a lot of education about the true nature of wolves that needs to be shared with the public.
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