Dear Buffalo Friends,
More than 100 wild buffalo were captured Monday by Yellowstone
officials, who continue to spill the blood of America's last wild
buffalo. This brings the total capture to 269, and all will be shipped
to slaughter. On Friday Yellowstone sent another 17 buffalo to slaughter.
Today, on our third day of National Call-ins during the Week of Action,
we target Montana's State Vet, Marty Zaluski. While Yellowstone
National Park is doing the killing now, it is Zaluski who is influencing
these decisions and ultimately makes the call against wild buffalo that
migrate into Montana. Soon their sights will turn to the Park's western
boundary, where they are preparing the Duck Creek bison trap and plan to
erect the Horse Butte trap. Montana's zero-tolerance policy against the
bison must end. Talking points are provided below.
HELP STOP THE SLAUGHTER NOW! Don't let Montana's cattle industry
dictate the future of native wild buffalo. The last wild buffalo are
our national treasures, a keystone species important to all of North
* TALKING POINTS FOR CALLING Montana State Vet, Marty Zaluski
1. There has never been a documented case of wild bison transmitting the
livestock disease brucellosis to cattle
2. The risk of such a transmission is extremely remote. There are no
cattle on public or private lands adjacent to the west boundary of
Yellowstone National Park at the times of year when bison are outside
the park and the bacteria can't persist in the environment for more than
a few days in the spring. Thus, there is absolutely no reason for
Montana's violent intolerance for wild bison.
3. If the Church Universal and Triumphant insists on keeping cattle
within the bison migration corridor on the north side of the Park, they
should be required to employ double fencing to ensure that their cattle
don't come in contact with wild bison.
4. Horse Butte is 100% cattle-free at all times of the year, and the
buffalo should be allowed year-round access to this critical habitat.
5. These are the NATION'S last wild bison, not Montana's to slaughter at
6. Cattle are the manageable element and any effort to reduce the
already low risk of brucellosis transmission should be focused upon them.
YELLOWSTONE CONTINUES TO CAPTURE AND KILL BUFFALO, so please don't stop
calling Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis. Regardless of what
they tell you, her agency is not beholden to the plan that is killing
buffalo. They can refuse to participate and instead defend wild
buffalo. They have a choice, and right now they are choosing to ignore
their mandate, as well as the will of the American people, and instead
insist on killing the wild buffalo the nation has entrusted them with.
If the people who answer the phones tell you they are just doing their
jobs, please remind them that they have a choice and that their jobs do
not oblige them to support illegal and immoral actions.
Suzanne Lewis: 307-344-2002
THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION FOR THE BUFFALO!
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