Buffalo gained another small victory this week. Yellowstone National Park announced their final decision on an Environmental Assessment for remotely vaccinating wild bison with bio-bullets containing the experimental livestock brucellosis vaccine, RB51, which has never been approved for use in wild bison. Many of you commented on this EA and we sincerely thank you for your time and effort. Remote vaccination is a costly, ineffective, time-consuming project that would have had significant negative impacts on bison behavior, natural disease resistance and immunity, the visitor experience of bison within Yellowstone National Park, and other negative impacts as outlined in this joint letter from Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project.
Your comments influenced the Park's decision, so we hope you'll take a moment to celebrate this good news! Pat yourself on the back with one hand, and with the other, keep pressure applied to prevent Yellowstone from following through with other harmful plans. While bison will be safe from remote vaccination, the Park Service says they will continue to administer RB51 when bison are captured. However, Yellowstone says that this year it is unlikely that any captured bison will be vaccinated, because they will be handed over to tribal interests for direct shipment to slaughter.
WHY will bison be handed over to tribes? What does 'tribal interests' mean and why are they sending them to slaughter??? For food? There's enough domestic buffalo (Ted Turner's) for food!
I read this Vicky and also signed the latest petition. It seems they take one step forward then two back. So very frustrating!
Thanks for signing, Carlene. Bison need all the friends they can get!
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WELL DONE! Thank you for sending this letter to help protect America's last wild buffalo
Thanks for your signature and/or comments on the petition, June!
thanks for posting this,been holding off
You're welcome TAS. I know you've been hurting and besides you post your links and I post stories so we cover it both ways. If I can't do the stories you cover my back with the links and if you can't do the links then I cover you with the story. People will see the articles one way or the other. lol I hope you're feeling better
I put my brooklyn address on the ones that will not accept my jamaican address.
You rock, Kaya! Thank you my friend!