Executive Director of NRDC, Peter Lehner, draws attention to the plight of Yellowstone’s storied buffalo

Dear SELVA- Vida Sin Fronteras,

Yellowstone’s storied buffalo need your immediate help.

Over the past several weeks, the government has captured over 500 wild buffalo near the border of the National Park and many of them could ultimately be slaughtered.

Please watch NRDC’s short but compelling video about the senseless harassment of Yellowstone’s buffalo, and then send a message demanding that Interior Secretary Salazar call a halt to this cruel hazing.

Thousands of buffalo — also known as bison — have been captured and killed by the government in recent years when they followed their ancient migration path out of the Park and into Montana in search of food.

The government claims that the mass killing is necessary to stop the spread of brucellosis from buffalo to domestic cattle. But the risk of that happening is extraordinarily small. In fact, there has never been a documented case of brucellosis transmission from buffalo to cattle in the wild.

This year, the government tried unsuccessfully to haze the animals back into the Park, then decided to capture over 500 roaming buffalo. They are now being held in captivity indefinitely, and many could ultimately be slaughtered.

As cold temperatures and heavy snows continue to blanket Yellowstone, more buffalo are likely to leave the Park and face this dismal fate — unless we bring massive pressure to bear on the Interior Department today.

Yellowstone’s buffalo are the only continuously wild population that still exists in the United States. They are the living link to tens of millions of wild buffalo that once thundered across the Great Plains.

Yellowstone’s buffalo are a national treasure. Please join me in urging our government to protect them — instead of subjecting them to needless suffering and slaughter.

Please watch our video and send a message today — before these buffalo meet the cruel fate that may lay ahead.

Sincerely,

Peter Lehner
Executive Director

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 9 March, 2011.

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