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Originally Posted: May 23, 2013
[Ed. Note: Please watch Bison Hazing...]
Contact your U.S. Senators and Representative to remind them that their constituents care about the buffalo and want actions taken to protect them.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
For over a decade, Buffalo Field Campaign has been working to educate members of the United States Congress about the buffalo issue as well as advocating for changes in federal law and policy to protect, preserve and expand habitat for wild buffalo in the Yellowstone region.
I am writing to you today to bring your attention to a matter of great significance to both me personally and the nation as a whole. As a child growing up in school, I was taught that tens of millions of wild American buffalo once roamed throughout the country. By the end of the 19th century those buffalo were nearly exterminated in an effort to subdue the indigenous populations and make way for the western expansion of agriculture and settlement. Only a small handful of wild buffalo survived in the rugged mountains and valleys of the Yellowstone region.
In fact, it was only through acts of Congress and the federal government that these few remaining wild buffalo were not killed.
The wild buffalo that still today occupy small areas of the Yellowstone region are the direct descendants of those few survivors. They are the only wild buffalo in a federal public herd that have continuously occupied their native range and show no signs of interbreeding with domestic cattle. However, their survival is still threatened by some of the very same forces that led to the near extinction of this iconic species. Since 1985, the actions and policies of the Federal Government and the State of Montana have led to the death of more than 7,000 wild buffalo.
It is time for Congress to act again to preserve and protect our last wild buffalo. There are several actions listed below that I encourage you to take that I believe will ensure a sustainable future for wild buffalo.
Despite what you may hear from the federal and state agencies and those who support the current ongoing slaughter of wild buffalo, there is no scientific, economic, or legal justification for the current Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP). So much has changed since 2000 when the IBMP was put into place over a decade ago. A fresh look at the issues surrounding the management of this National Treasure is long overdue. In the meantime, the current policies that support the continued killing of wild buffalo at a significant cost to U.S. taxpayers must be suspended.
It is my sincere hope and desire that you take my views under consideration and take action to protect wild buffalo. I encourage you to keep in touch with me and I will be happy to help you obtain any additional information you may need about this issue.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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