Hi all I received this from a web friend and wanted to pass it on you
all~Thank you Zeph~~~~>Jeanne
I think it's a crying shame, that people can slaughter animals on false
accusations, Oh, well if they can do it to their fellow human beings,
what's to stop them.
I know their cattle businesses are being threatened by the studies that
Buffalo meat is better to consume then their chemical filled domestic
We knew and still know the sacred Tatanka is indigenous to Turtle Island
for the use of the Indigenous dwellers of this hemisphere and the cow
was indigenous to the Europeans.
My tears run for them.and I ask the Great Spirit to forgive them, for
they know not what they do. These are my thoughts and feelings, and I
hope that my fellow Landlords of this country, will join me... "Ishnana
Najin" (Stands Alone)
Date: Wed, May 1, 2002, 9:20am
Subject: Action-Help stop the buffalo slaughter To:
Additional park bison killed
WEST YELLOWSTONE - Seventy-two bison that left Yellowstone National Park
were sent to slaughter without being tested for brucellosis, federal and
"This is the second week that bison have been removed from the herd
being tested for the disease of brucellosis," said Montana state
Dr. Arnold Gertonson.
The Interagency Bison Management Plan calls for killing bison that
outside the park if the size of the herd is over 3,000. In late
National Park Service documented 3,300 bison, which does not include the
The management plan was developed to reduce the risk of transmission of
brucellosis from bison to cattle. The disease causes cattle to abort.
An additional seven bison captured at the Horse Butte facility that had
previously tested negative for brucellosis were released.
Another 34 bison that left the park were hazed to a separate timbered
outside the park rather than being killed, the state Department of
One protester was arrested by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement
Death Sentence Faces Roaming Bison
HELENA, Montana, April 29, 2002 (ENS) - Any bison that wander outside
boundaries of Yellowstone National Park will be removed from the park's
and slaughtered for the rest of the calving season, the Montana
Livestock said last week.
Under the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP), if there are more
3,000 bison in the park by late winter or early spring, Montana may kill
found outside the park without testing them for brucellosis. Brucellosis
bacterial disease that causes bison, cattle, elk and other hoofed
Some physicians and biologists believe that exposure to brucellosis
animals can cause a disease called undulant fever in humans.
Montana and other states that border Yellowstone attempt to prevent the
transmission of brucellosis to cattle herds by hazing bison that leave
back across park borders. If that tactic fails, the bison may be
tested for brucellosis, and if they test positive, they may be
Because the Yellowstone herd was measured in February at 3,300 bison,
target set by the IBMP, the Montana Department of Livestock has opted to
the testing step and just remove any bison found outside the park. The
developed by the state of Montana, the National Park Service, U.S.
Service, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
"The decision to begin removing bison from the herd without brucellosis
in the field was based on the large number of bison outside the Park and
fact that calving has begun," said Montana state veterinarian Arnold
At least three calves were observed outside the park boundaries last
Montana officials are also concerned by the confirmation that a cattle
Idaho, which was grazing on pasture shared by brucellosis infected elk,
tested positive for the disease.
"This is a strong indication that our greatest concerns about the
of brucellosis from wildlife to domestic cattle herds is a very real
possibility," said Montana Governor Judy Martz on April 20. "This proves
we must step up our efforts to eradicate brucellosis in wildlife in the
Of a total of 35 bison captured last week, two were released - one that
previously tested negative for brucellosis and been radio collared for a
research project, and one cow that gave birth while in captivity. The
Critics of the brucellosis management tactics used by Montana note that
documented cases of transmission of the disease from wildlife to
cattle are few. Most experts agree that brucellosis can only be
through amniotic fluid or aborted fetal tissue, yet many of the animals
are being hazed or slaughtered are male, non-pregnant females, or
young to become pregnant.
Of the bison captured last week, 11 were bulls and six were yearlings.
Conservation groups point out that most bison captured outside the park
still on public lands, such as national forest lands where ranchers can
grazing rights for their cattle.
"The public lands surrounding Yellowstone should be managed for native
not cows - as they were intended," said Jim Coefield of the Ecology
Missoula, Montana. "Wild buffalo hold a special place in the American
hearts and heritage. They need room to roam outside Yellowstone Park on
lands to survive."
(Note: in case some missed it from yesterday's article, here are two
from the Buffalo Field Campaign letter):
Not even the sparkling, azure sky can erase the memory of a fellow
warrior's horrified description of a hazing operation in West
Tears born of sadness and frustration filled my eyes, as she described
Montana Department of Livestock agents on snowmobiles chased a group of
into a barbed wire fence, wounding several of them. One bison in
apparently suffered a dramatic injury, as evidenced by the trail of
followed him into the capture facility.
Upon incarceration this animal, injured and physically traumatized, just
laid down. The state agents were unable to coax him into the chutes for
brucellosis testing and quickly grew frustrated with this wild animal's
impudence. Physically overwhelmed and suffering, he continued to ignore
angry tirades as a large pool of red grew beside him. Finally, some of
agents decided to exercise punishment against their reluctant captive
aid of a two by four piece of lumber. For ten to fifteen minutes, an
in bison time, the state of Montana's hired goons beat an already
traumatized wild animal.
Maybe the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce and the Montana
Tourism and some other organizations should hear from people about the
escalating Buffalo Slaughter (and snowmobile pollution in Yellowstone
A suggestion - as maddening as these two situations are - BOTH
West Yellowstone - these people and agencies are more likely to pay
to what hits then in their pocketbooks, rather than to the spicy words
LIKE to say to them:
W.Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce (email):
State of Montana Dept. of Tourism (email - Matthew Cohn, Director):
Yellowstone Country Montana (email): yellowstone@...
(Here's their online GuestBook:
Yellowstone Public Affairs (email): YELL_Public_Affairs@...
Montana Magazine (email): editor@...
Karen Cooper of the Montana Department of Livestock announced
yesterday that all wild buffalo roaming outside Yellowstone National
Park on their traditional grazing and calving grounds will be
Public agencies will no longer use the facade of brucellosis testing
to determine if buffalo exposed to the disease (& carrying the
antibody) get the death sentence. All will be killed. Cooper said
she does not know how long DOL will continue killing animals without
Yellowstone spokeswoman Marsha Karle said the National Park Service
did not protest DOL's decision to get kill untested bison.
What can you do? - Here's 4 options
2) Speak out
Yellowstone National Park's new supervisor is Suzanne Lewis. Her
number is: 307.344.2002; P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY
82190-0168. Federal agencies must set a precedent and defend the
biological integrity of this national treasure!
Montana's State vet is Arnold Gertonson. His number is:
406-444-2043; Box 202201,Helena, MT 59620; agertonson@...
aren't they continuing to do tissue testing to prove their "disease
management" excuse? <answer: the brucellois argument is a sham!>>
a five minute call or 34 cent stamp could save a buffalo's life!
3) Pass this on to 32 friends in honor of the 32 buffalo slaughtered
4) Pass this on to one acquaintance in honor of the the abused
buffalo whose leg was broken in the capture facility or to one person
in honor of the wild momma buffalo who had to give birth to her calf
in the capture facility.
The American people must demand that wild buffalo be treated like
wildlife and not treated as domestic livestock. Buffalo need to be
protected for future generations! Arbitrary depopulation of the herd
based on a population estimate that could be off by several hundred
animals is absurd. Use Science, not