Monday, March 17, 2008

Stop the Slaughter of the Buffalo

bison and calfAMERICAN BISON ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.

2007-2008 Total: 1,014
2007-2008 Slaughter: 848
2007-2008 Hunt: 166
Total Since 2000: 3,740

Photograph from NRDC website

This winter alone, more than 1,000 wild bison have been brutally killed by the National Park Service and the Montana Department of Livestock. Those are the lucky ones. The rest have been shipped to slaughterhouses. May is calving time and the newborn calves will be killed with their mothers.

Find the officials responsible for these deaths and email them.

Imagine, winter in Yellowstone, buffaloes walking silently through the snow, following ancient migratory routes. When these routes were laid down by the ancestors of these current bufflao, the land was unfenced, unfettered and free.

What is life?

It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is the little shadow which runs across the grass
and loses itself in the sunset.

Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator 1830 - 1890

Read about the buffalo in West Yellowstone, Montana.

Today, if buffalo venture near or beyond the park's boundary, they are rounded up and killed. Why are buffaloes, the proud symbol of the west, being hunted to extinction levels again? To protect 12 to 16 domestic cows and steers that graze near the park from the possibility of infection with brucellosis, a disease that has never been transmitted from bison to cattle in a natural setting. One thousand wild bison slaughtered to protect a little more than a dozen cows outside the park. Cows that could have been or could be vaccinated against the disease.

Take action to help protect the last free-roaming herd of buffalo. The National Parks Services, whose mission is to protect these majestic animals, has become their executioner.


Jenna said...

This is terrible. I was really surprised by the numbers. I have to commend you for bringing this to the attention of others! Thanks!

Cynthia Blue said...

Another reasons I am very, very glad that I don't eat meat.

CyberCelt said...

@jenna-Please take action to save the buffalo.

@cynthia-Yes, I am glad I am a vegetarian as well. Still, the 2nd kill off of the buffalo breaks my heart.

Joshua McNiel said...

I can't belive we allow ourselves to do this. It's a shame.


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