Bad Year For Wild Buffalo in Montana
Buffalo Field Campaign Supporters
Another winter/spring season has come to a close here at Buffalo Field Campaign headquarters, with the last three bull buffalo in Montana hazed back into the park this week.
This season was a particularly rough one for the bison that wandered out of Yellowstone National Park into Montana. The National Park Service (NPS) sent almost 900 to slaughter, and held another 300 for a month in it's horrific capture facility.
The state of Montana, who usually carries out the bulk of the annual slaughter, was not blameless this year. Another 47 buffalo were shot or sent to slaughter for the crime of following their traditional migration routes to their native feeding and calving grounds. And if that weren't enough, 40 more buffalo were killed in the first year of Montana's reinstated bison hunt.
This past winter and spring, Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers were out every day from sunrise to sunset, documenting every action taken against the buffalo and working for the permanent protection of America's only continuously wild herd. This has been the case since 1997, and will continue to be the case until the last wild buffalo are allowed to roam freely on their own land.
This year's slaughter of 947 buffalo was the highest number in the campaign's history.All this slaughter is being blamed on the disease brucellosis, which can cause cattle to abort their first calf, and which 2-20% of the Yellowstone Bison carry.
It doesn't matter to the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) and the other agencies involved that there has never been a case of brucellosis being transmitted from wild bison to cattle. The DOL, The NPS, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, The Forest Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service claim that allowing bison to roam freely in Montana would be an unacceptable level of threat to cattle.
However, elk and other wildlife that roam freely outside the park also carry brucellosis, and Wyoming and Idaho have both lost their brucellosis free status due to cattle mingling with elk, with none of the serious consequences that Montana seems so worried about.
So it's obvious to anyone with the time to read the facts that brucellosis is not the bogeyman that Montana makes it out to be. This is a public lands use fight over grass.
Which is more important to Montana and the country; a handful of cattle who are dozens of miles away from the buffalo when they come out of the park, or the country's last wild herd of buffalo?
The answer is obvious to the vast majority of people, but a small group of greedy individuals hold the reins in this situation. But together we are changing that.
Summertime does not mean that we at Buffalo Field Campaign stop fighting. When the buffalo migrate back into the park, we follow them, setting up every day at one of the park tourist attractions to call attention to the slaughter and mistreatment of these magnificent creatures and to build a grassroots movement for their lasting protection.
We urge you to join us in spreading the word. Stop by our table to say hi if you're in the park this summer and if you have a few weeks to spare, come out to one of the most beautiful places in the country. We'll cover room and board (camping in the park, and a bunk at our cabin in West Yellowstone).
Visit http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org for more info or contact email@example.com
VOW TO STOP THE THEFT OF PURE GLACIER MOUNTAIN WATER FROM BEING STOLEN AND SOLD TO THE MIDDLE EAST
The Native Youth Movement is at battle again with the illegal governments of British Columbia and Canada and their illegal extraction of our most valuable necessity, WATER. The grassroots traditional Secwepemc People have voiced their opposition to a proposal pushed by a foreigner, invader to divert 4 creeks in the Adams Lake area, UNCEDED SECWEPEMC TERRITORY, to bottle water and sell it to the Middle East.
These 4 creeks are at the end of a dirt back-road, purposely built to extract water for illegal theft and sale to the worldwide market. It is one of the last intact watersheds, with no clear cutting because the road stops there. This is one of thousands of proposed illegal thefts of our Secwepemc Lands and Water.
Native Youth Movement have occupied the government office that sells stolen Land and Water, the 'land and water BC inc.', formerly called 'BC assets and land corp.', in the passed and will take necessary action to bring attention to this illegal theft by this Invaders system and government. Our land has never been sold to anyone. We have never signed Treaties and NEVER will-THIS LAND IS OUR LAND, SECWEPEMC LAND! OUR WATER IS NOT FOR SALE!!! STOP THE THEFT OF OUR HOMELAND!
BC IS ONE OF THE LAST PLACES LEFT WITH PURE GLACIER MOUNTAIN WATER, THAT WE CAN DRINK RIGHT FROM THE CREEKS.
AMERICA DISPOSES OF 2.5 MILLION TONS OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES EVERY HOUR. BOTTLED WATER IS NOT THE SOLUTION! OUR WORLD WATER SITUATION IS IN A CRISIS---YOU CANNOT EXPECT TO SURVIVE UNLESS YOU STRUGGLE TO PRESERVE AND DEFEND THIS SACRED LIFE, LAND AND WATER WE WERE GIVEN. YOU CAN'T JUST SIT IN THE CITY OR REZ AND BUY STOLEN WATER AND THINK THE CREATOR WILL SPARE YOUR LIFE WHEN THE PURIFICATION COMES. GET ON THE FRONTLINES OF RESISTANCE--DEFEND OUR SACRED WATER.
SUPPORT THE TRADITIONAL SECWEPEMC PEOPLES AND THEIR FIGHT TO DEFEND THEIR WATER AND MOUNTAINS. STAY TUNNED FOR UPCOMING ACTIONS AND SOLIDARITY ACTIONS THAT CAN BE TAKEN.
NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT
FIGHT FOR LIFE
WARRIORS UNITE FROM ALASKA TO ARGINTINA
Peabody Coal On Native Land to Close
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 A power plant supplied by coal from the Navajo and Hopi reservations will be shut down for good.
Southern California Edison owns the Mohave Generating Station in Nevada. It is the sole purchaser of coal taken from the reservations 273 miles away in northeastern Arizona.
SCE was in talks with the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation and Peabody Coal, the world's largest coal company, over the future of the power plant. Many issues were at stake but the decision to close Mohave was financial, the company said.
The power plant would have to install $1.1 billion worth of pollution fighting equipment to stay open. The two tribes depend on revenue extracted by Peabody at the coal mines. Hundreds of jobs will be lost as a result of the closure.
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