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24 March 2002
Yellowstone Bison Stampede Come Join in on April 4th in D.C

From "In Defense of Animals" - [email protected] 

Please join us in a Buffalo Stampede through the streets of D.C. on April 4, 2002 to advocate for protection of the Yellowstone buffalo. The stampede will begin at noon outside the Department of Agriculture building on 14th St. and Jefferson Dr, proceed past the Washington Monument, turn north, and end at the Department of the Interior building. We need your help to make the event a success.

Below you will find information on the Stampede and instructions on
how to make a bison costume.

Download a flier at

As you know, since 1985 over 3,200 bison have been unnecessarily shot or captured, tested, and slaughtered inside or outside of Yellowstone National Park. The Montana Department of Livestock, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service are directly responsible for this carnage. Not only have they ignored public sentiment demanding greater protection for Yellowstone's bison, but they continue to ignore the best available scientific evidence which proves that there is no measurable risk of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle under natural conditions. Instead, they are engaged in a wasteful and costly taxpayer-funded bison harassment and killing campaign designed to protect 2,000 domestic cows and to placate the unsubstantiated fears of the livestock industry.

So far this winter, 29 bison, including at least 23 bison bulls who pose absolutely no risk of brucellosis transmission, have been killed. Hundreds more may be exterminated in the next few months as large herds exit the park to take advantage of new early-spring forage. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We are sick and tired of the annual wintertime slaughter of Yellowstone bison on our public lands outside of Yellowstone National Park. We are tired of the excuses. We are tired of the agencies ignoring the scientific evidence. We are tired of the agencies ignoring overwhelming public opinion. We are angry over the agencies' waste of taxpayer dollars. We are angry that these majestic animals -- the descendants of the handful of bison who survived the government sponsored bison holocaust in the mid/late 1800s -- continue to be destroyed to protect 2000 domestic cows.

IT'S TIME FOR A BISON STAMPEDE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.!!! On April 4th, environmentalists, conservationists, animal protection advocates, Native Americans, and others will stampede in our nation's capital clad in bison costumes. With stops at the Department of Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture buildings, the stampede is intended to demand that these agencies stop persecuting and start protecting the Yellowstone bison.

We invite you to support and participate in the Stampede. We need your help in informing your fellow activists in the D.C./MD/VA area about the stampede and inviting people to join this important and historic event. A pdf flyer, available at, provides additional information on the event.

Thank you for considering this request and for helping to promote the D.C. bison stampede to demand an end to the slaughter of America's last wild bison. For more information on the bison stampede please contact the Buffalo Field Campaign; telephone (406) 646-0070 or via e-mail at [email protected]


We will provide some bison masks but urge you to be creative and make your own costume. For a great costume follow the instructions below:

Bison costume:
Buy 2 yards of brown felt (about $7) or cotton (about $4).
Fold felt in half and cut a hole for your head.
For the tail, use a strip of felt (additional to the two yards above or just trimmed off of it), and glue either Easter grass (spray painted brown), or a fake fur-like material to the bottom of it. If you are worried about the integrity of the glue, you may want to use a material that you can sew on and/or bring glue along with you in case of tail loss. Glue or sew tail onto back of the smock. Wear smock over clothes.
"Accessorize" with black or tan gloves/mittens; brown pants and turtle neck.
Show up with or without a costume but if you can, wear brown.

Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-0070
[email protected]

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