From "In Defense of Animals" -
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
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
www.wildbison.org, 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].
HOW TO MAKE A BUFFALO COSTUME
We will provide some bison masks but urge you to be
creative and make your own costume. For a great costume follow the
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
Show up with or without a costume but if you can, wear brown.
Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
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