Stop the Slaughter of Yellowstone Buffalo

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Originally Posted: 8 March 2011

Stop the Slaughter of Yellowstone Buffalo

[Ed. Note: Watch Bison Hazing and Bison Slaughter Facility]

FROM  National Resource Defence Council (NRDC)


This winter, hundreds of Yellowstone buffalo that roam outside the Park are being captured, with many slated to be sent off to slaughter. Please send a message demanding that Interior Secretary Salazar call a halt to the senseless harassment and killing of these magnificent animals.

Tell the government to STOP using taxpayer dollars to harass and slaughter Yellowstone's buffalo this winter. Urge them to be the buffalo's protector, not their executioner.

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Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950stop


Yellowstone's buffalo herd numbers about 3,900 animals -- the only continuously wild, free-roaming population remaining in the United States. They are critically important to the long-term conservation of the species.

Yet, government agencies, including your department's National Park Service, continue to stop buffalo from roaming outside the snow-covered park in search of better forage in winter. The justification for hazing and slaughtering them -- the fear they will spread brucellosis to domestic cattle -- is overblown. In fact, there has never been a documented case of such transmission in the wild. Recent science finds the chance of a buffalo-to-cattle transmission occurring outside Yellowstone in Montana to be very small.

Moreover, the Department of Agriculture just made sweeping changes to the brucellosis management regulations, which significantly ease the regulatory burden for livestock producers. Under the new rules, ranchers are no longer required to slaughter their entire herd if one of their animals tests positive for brucellosis, and states no longer automatically lose their brucellosis-free status if the disease shows up in two or more herds in a two-year period. The risk of brucellosis is now of much smaller consequence for livestock producers. In response to this game-changing development, you should show Yellowstone's wild buffalo much more tolerance outside the Park.

Please do not use my taxpayer dollars to harass and slaughter Yellowstone's buffalo this winter. I urge you to be the buffalo's protector, not their executioner.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!