Buffalo Field Campaign

Discussion in 'The Environment' started by raven23, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. raven23

    raven23 Member

    Hey All,

    For the month of january I am in West Yellowstone,
    Montana, volunteering with an organization called
    Buffalo Field Campaign that are working to save the
    last remaining herd of wild bison in the US.
    There are around 4200 buffalo in Yellowstone National
    Park, and each winter the migrate out of the park and
    onto public land in Montana in search of food. When
    they do they are subject to being captured and
    slaughtered by the Montana Department of Livestock.
    The DOL claims that the bison are a threat to
    livestock because they are infected with Brucellosis,
    a virus that can cause animals to abort their first
    calf. It's all hogwash for many reasons, such as there
    has never been a case of brucellosis being transmitted
    from bison to cattle. This is the case even when bison
    and cattle mingle on the same land, which isn't
    happening where these bison are. Cattle graze on this
    land June to October and the bison are on the land
    December to May. There are many times more elk than
    there are bison in the area, these elk are infected as
    well, and yet they are allowed free range.
    Anyway, last winter over 250 buffalo were slaughtered
    when they left the park. Buffalo Field Campaign was
    started in 1997 after a winter when over 1000 buffalo,
    a third of the herd was slaughtered. BFC volunteers
    are out in the field every day, standing with the
    buffalo and documenting the activities of the DOL and
    other agencies involved in the slaughter. BFC footage
    has been broadcast all over the world, and as a result
    the DOL are much more aware that their every move is
    under possible international scrutiny. Before the BFC
    began documenting the slaughter, they killed average
    700 buffalo a year. Now the average is under 200.
    Which is still too much. We're doing what we can to
    bring about public awareness so that the bison are
    allowed to roam freely out of the park as other
    wildlife does, and the government stops subsidizing
    the slaughter on behalf of the cattle industry (which
    in Montana makes up for less than 1% of the beef
    production in the country and costs hundreds of times
    more than public land leasing brings in revenue)
    Anyway, there is much you can do to help bring about
    awareness. Please visit www.buffalofieldcampaign.org
    to find out how everyone can help.
    Today's good news was that the new governor of
    Montana, who was sworn in only three days ago, is
    cancelling the 'sport' hunt that was scheduled for
    Jan. 15, in which 10 permits were to be issued to
    hunters to 'hunt' bison. Hunting buffalo like this is
    not very sporting, as these buffalo have been
    acclimitized to tourists, and it would be like hunting
    a sofa or a parked car.
    So I'm pretty obsorbed in this right now. I've already got some stories about
    volunteering here and being with the buffalo. Ask me
    if you want to hear them.
    Loving you all
    kalanu
     
  2. raven23

    raven23 Member

  3. raven23

    raven23 Member

  4. k-faction

    k-faction Member

    Hey, keep up the good fight. It appears you're doing some really good work out there.
     
  5. raven23

    raven23 Member

  6. tikoo

    tikoo Senior Member

    i know of the good work in the buffalo fields . ah , whassa to do with crazy the cowboys ? i spose since brucellosis transfer from bison to cattle is actually not a practical problem , the problem for the local cattlemen was just the awful P.R. scary idea of Bruc. , very scary to a sensitive breeding stock market . so the locals and the govt exhibit Control , and more Control , and more Control .

    nnnn ... be strong , bro . yooz standing on spiritually solid ground as
    a friend to the wild .
     
  7. raven23

    raven23 Member

    Controlis the word. If these bison are allowed to have any more habitat than they currently have, the public will expect more, the herd will expand and needmore. and the livestock industry believes if they give an inch the bison will take a mile. It's not about brucellosis and everyone knows that. it's a range war. and the only way it'll ever end is for the whole damn beef industry to collapse. so stop eating hamburger!!
     
  8. tikoo

    tikoo Senior Member

    the traditional birthing ground for the yellowstone herd is within the cattle zone , beyond the park boundary . the answer , yes , can be industrial collapse tho a consumer boycott shall not be it's demise . chronic industry is the sad state of the society , of wholistic sadness and frustration . it cannot endure . the buffalo spirit will . have you seen a buffalo die ? i did , then i ate the heart .
     

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