MT LIVESTOCK AGENCY PLANS TO
CAPTURE, VACCINATE AND SLAUGHTER WILD BUFFALO!
Stop them before they start: CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY!
In a spiteful move before a meeting of the Interagency Bison Management Plan, the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) revealed shocking plans to harass, capture, vaccinate and slaughter wild, migratory buffalo in the Hebgen Basin, west of Yellowstone National Park. Scroll down to take action now, or read on for more info first.
State veterinarian Marty Zaluski's proposal targeting buffalo would begin following the end of Montana's buffalo "hunt" on February 15, 2014 but while Treaty hunting is underway.
Vaccinating and slaughtering wild buffalo is a political move designed to placate livestock interests who have never committed to allowing native wild buffalo to occupy any habitat in Montana. Vaccination will not make things any better for the buffalo or Montana's tarnished image. It is only the latest weapon in an arsenal being used to domesticate our last wild bison herds.
The DOL appears determined to proceed despite strong objections and opposition from the National Park Service, Nez Perce, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, InterTribal Buffalo Council, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
The funding for Montana Dept. of Livestock's wild buffalo vaccination and slaughter program comes from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service -- a federal livestock agency that has funneled over $7,000,000 taxpayer dollars to the state livestock agency to harm the public's wild buffalo including on public lands. These American taxpayer funded “cooperative funding agreements” enable Montana to carry out these despicable attacks on America's last wild migratory buffalo.
The DOL proposes to trap buffalo in pens on private lands at Duck Creek, on public lands at Horse Butte and on state lands along the Madison River.
Once captured, buffalo would be brutally run through squeeze chutes to test for exposure to the cattle disease, brucellosis. Buffalo would be injected with RB51, a vaccine designed for cattle, fitted with metal tags and marked like livestock. Buffalo showing an immune response -- indicating resistance to the cattle disease, not infection - would be trucked to slaughter houses by livestock agents.
The consensus of a panel of scientists convened in 2013 to review hand vaccination in pens and remote vaccination without capture, concluded the “Best available data does not support” vaccinating buffalo. RB51 is an experimental and ineffective cattle vaccine not approved for use in wild buffalo.
Yellowstone National Park's best available science (2010) says RB51 adversely affects buffalo's natural ability to resist infection from this exotic cattle disease and develop genetic immunity. There is also a real risk of vaccinating creating more virulent strains of the disease in buffalo - with potentially devastating effects for America's last wild population.
TAKE ACTION! Please contact your Members of Congress in the House and Senate and urge them to stop the DOL's plans and cut off funding for the Interagency Bison Management Plan! You can use the sample letter below as a guideline, but personalized letters will carry far more weight, so we strongly urge you to add your own thoughts and to speak from your heart! If you are a Montana resident, please be sure to mention this in your letters.
This post was modified from its original form on 05 Dec, 9:10