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ACTION ALERT: Take Action for Quarantined Buffalo!!!

Animals  (tags: yellowstone bison, quarantined, freedom, protection, american icons, conservation )

- 3493 days ago -
Yellowstone bison currently quarantined must be removed from the quarantine facility and relocated to suitable public and/or tribal lands where they can live out their lives like the wildlife species they are...not sent to Ted Turner/Turner Enterprises,


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Simone D (1462)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 10:42 am
These buffalo have been held captive for five years in a quarantine feasibility study jointly run by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture APHIS and FWP to produce "disease-free" bison for conservation and recovery of American bison as a wildlife species, to repopulate public and tribal lands with “disease-free” Yellowstone bison. This stated goal is the reason the U.S. Congress funded millions for the experiment. BFC has strongly opposed quarantine, alternatively advocating for wild bison to be naturally restored on their historic range via protected habitat and migration corridors.

The translocation of Yellowstone bison to private interests (Ted Turner/Turner Enterprises, Inc.) runs absolutely contrary to the intent of the Quarantine Feasibility Study and should be rejected as an alternative.

Turner is a commercial entity: if the bison go to him, they belong to him. Instead, these quarantined Yellowstone bison must be removed from the quarantine facility and relocated to suitable public and/or tribal lands where they can live out their lives like the wildlife species they are.

The Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana submitted a proposal for obtaining these buffalo, and they've been working on bringing buffalo home for years. Why would the State of Montana and the U.S. government deny them this opportunity, and instead privatize some of America’s last wild buffalo for the commercial gains of Ted Turner?

Wherever they end up, these bison will be held in quarantine for an additional five to ten years of captivity and handling for the original members of this study - a fate that seriously compromises and diminishes the wild integrity of these Yellowstone bison.

TAKE ACTION! Comments should be sent by January 12, 2010. Below are sample talking points to help you craft your comments. Follow the simple steps below and your comments will be automatically sent to FWP's Bison Translocation personnell. Personalized comments are the ones that will count the most, so please use the talking points and supported information as guidelines only. You can also mail your comments to:
Bison Translocation
Wildlife Division
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 2:29 pm
Thanks Simone, action taken

Ginger G (438)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 4:30 pm
Action already taken.

Darlene K (356)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 8:09 pm
noted and action taken, thank you

Kay F (550)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 1:37 pm
Done, thanks Simone.

Thank You! Your comments have successfully been sent to the FWP Bison Quarantine Translocation Team

Tonya B (120)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 1:37 pm
Signed and noted.

Gemma H (48)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 4:34 pm
Noted & signed ~ Thanks Simone

Tierney G (381)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 6:04 pm
Signed thanks Simone
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