February 25, 2013

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And the Scat Award goes to…

The International Wolf Center’s Facebook fans have voted overwhelmingly to award the 2013 Scat Award to the movie The Grey. Also nominated for the award was Jodi Picoult’s book Lone Wolf. The Grey received 264 votes and Picoult’s book received 72 votes.

“The award is meant to call attention to the worst portrayal of wolves in the media, be it literature or cinema,” explained International Wolf Center Executive Director Rob Schultz. “Our intent is not to ridicule anyone but to use this award as a means of education to debunk myths and correct absurdities that can distort and eventually warp the public’s perception of wolves.”

Schultz went on to say that such distortions of wolf behavior could come in many forms. For example, The Grey demonized wolves, while Picoult’s book romanticized and anthropomorphized the wolf to an absurd level.

“In either case, these distortions create a false, harmful impression. Left unchecked, these impressions can cause people to make really poor decisions about the human role in the future of wolves,” Schultz explained. “We live in a culture where nearly everything is debated in hyperbolic, polarizing terms. Our role as educators is to calmly inject unbiased facts into these discussions, so people can make balanced, informed decisions on their own.”

To learn more about why The Grey was chosen for the Center’s annual Scat Award, read the review and listen to the podcast.

The physical award will be on display in the trophy case at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.

 

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.

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