No Vaccinating Wild Buffalo

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Originally Posted: 25 Jun 2010

No Vaccinating Wild Buffalo

FROM Buffalo Field Campaign

Stop Yellowstone National Park from spending $9 million taxpayer dollars to vaccinate half the wild bison population annually for 30 years with "an imperfect vaccine" approved for use in cattle, NOT approved for wild buffalo

CONTACT

PLEASE submit your comments here: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?parkID=111&projectID=10736&documentId=34079

This is the most effective way to let the Park know you want wild bison protected, not victimized by cattle ranchers.

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Yellowstone National Park has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to begin shooting wild buffalo with an ineffective, costly, harmful, intrusive, and culturally unacceptable brucellosis vaccine. The Park intends to spend $9 million taxpayer dollars to vaccinate half the wild bison population annually for 30 years with "an imperfect vaccine" approved for use in cattle, not wild buffalo. Yellowstone National Park admits its' possible decision, the so-called "environmentally preferred alternative" could result in the organism spreading and infecting more buffalo with more harmful and persistent variations of brucella abortus.

Yellowstone National Park does not disclose or admit what these unknown effects would be for individual buffalo and this unique and distinct population as a whole. Vaccination could jeopardize America's last wild population because Yellowstone National Park is willing to base its decision on "uncertainty", "incomplete and unavailable" science.

Wild buffalo have developed their own immunity and resistance to brucellosis since contracting it from cattle over 100 years ago. Wild buffalo have never transmitted the disease back to the cattle it came from. Furthermore, Yellowstone National Park's SRB51 vaccine has not been proven safe as pregnant buffalo miscarry according to a scientific study.

Vaccination is another in a long list of invasive, intrusions into the lives of America's last wild buffalo. Remotely vaccinated buffalo will be marked "via biobullet or paint-ball gun" and buffalo vaccinated in capture pens will be marked via "pit tags" implanted under their hides.

The cattle industry should bear the cost of a safe, effective vaccine for mandatory use in cattle. Additionally, millions in taxpayer funds sought by the National Park Service for vaccination would be far more effectively spent buying cattle that graze in the buffalo's native range. Where cows still graze, funds can be used to erect wildlife proof fencing for cattle.


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