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IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO STOP VACCINATION OF WILD BUFFALO
10 months ago

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. 

10 months ago

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.

Here's the talking (or writing) points
10 months ago
Subject: Your Letter:
 
I am writing to ask that you take action to cut-off funding from the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHI to the Montana Department of Livestock to capture members of America's last wild buffalo and vaccinate them against the livestock disease brucellosis. The Montana livestock agency intends to capture our wild buffalo in traps on private, state and federal public lands near the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park in February - a time of year when buffalo are most susceptible to stress and disturbance, and the worst possible time to challenge the wild species immune system with a vaccine designed for cattle. Once captured, wild buffalo would be brutally run through squeeze chutes to test for exposure to the introduced cattle disease brucellosis. Female buffalo will be subjected to invasive pregnancy testing. Buffalo would be injected with the cattle vaccine RB51, fitted with metal tags and marked like livestock. Buffalo showing an immune response - indicating potential resistance to this introduced cattle disease, not infection - may be trucked to slaughter houses. The consensus of a panel of scientists convened in 2013 by Montana and the National Park Service 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. The best available science says RB51 adversely affects buffalo's natural ability to resist infection and develop genetic immunity from this introduced cattle disease (Yellowstone National Park 2010). There is also a real risk of the vaccine creating more virulent strains of the disease in buffalo - with potentially devastating effects for America's last wild population. Why are American taxpayers footing the bill for the state of Montana's buffalo vaccination and slaughter program? I am aware that wild buffalo are governed by the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP). However, the federal and state agencies are supposed to adapt the best available science. Montana's continued use of vaccination of wild buffalo is clearly inappropriate and unsupported by science and the American people. Vaccination of wild species is wasteful, harmful, with costs and risks that far outweigh any benefits. Since 2000, the U.S. Congress has provided millions of taxpayer dollars to APHIS to fund the Montana Livestock agency's programs to harm the public's wild buffalo including on our public lands. Congress must cut-off these American taxpayer funded agreements that enable Montana to ignore the best scientific evidence to the detriment of our wild buffalo on public lands that are their birth right. I ask that you take action by cutting-off funding for the IBMP and ensuring my tax dollars support America's wild buffalo roaming free on our National Parks and Forests. Furthermore, I ask that you question APHIS “cooperative funding agreements” with the Montana Dept. of Livestock and challenge the purpose and need for this cruel, political and harmful plan to continue. Thank you for your time and I would appreciate a thoughtful response to my concerns that goes beyond a basic description of the IBMP, including your position and any actions you have taken.
 



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