Friday, October 9, 2009

Buffalo Field Campaign

Buffalo Field Campaign
Yellowstone Bison
Update from the Field
October 10, 2009

In this issue:
* Update from the Field--U.S. Department of Agriculture Proposes "New Direction" in Brucellosis Managment
* BFC Urgently Needs Your Vote in Charity Contest
* West Coast Roadshow Underway
* Last Words
* Kill Tally
* Important Links

* Update from the Field

U.S. Department of Agriculture Proposes "New Direction" in Brucellosis Managment

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), one of the agencies behind the slaughter of more than 3,600 wild bison in the past 10 years, published a paper on Monday announcing its intention to create a new set of rules regulating the management of brucellosis, the cattle disease upon which the bison slaughter is blamed.

"A Concept Paper for a New Direction for the Bovine Brucellosis Program" outlines several potential changes to the way the government deals with the livestock disease. APHIS is accepting comments on the paper until December 4th. BFC is currently reviewing the paper and we will provide more detailed information and suggested talking points for public comments in our next Update from the Field. In the meantime, if you would like to read the document for yourself, you can find it here or by pasting the link at the end of this paragraph into your browser. Please feel free to email us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.
* BFC Urgently Needs Your Vote in Charity Contest

Currently in 26th place with 1,318 votes, BFC needs a big rally from our supporters if we are to take home a prize in the Christie Cookies $25,000 Charity Contest, which ends next Thursday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

We need to finish in the top 12 to win one of the grants, which at this point would require an additional 2,140 votes. With nearly 8,000 bison advocates on our email list, you would think we could do it, but so far most of you haven't taken the time to cast a vote for BFC, the only grassroots group working to defend America's wild bison.

Even if you have voted, PLEASE take a moment and copy this portion of the Update to your friends, family members, co-workers, and acquaintances. Tell them why Yellowstone, the bison, and BFC are important to you, and ask them to take a moment to cast a vote for Buffalo Field Campaign today.

If you haven't yet done so, VOTE NOW and ensure that we have the resources necessary to protect the bison this winter.

The process takes less than two minutes and has the potential to make a big difference for the bison.

* West Coast Roadshow Underway : Sacramento, Berkeley, San Jose, and Pasadena Remain

BFC's annual West Coast Roadshow has been running strong since the beginning of October. BFC co-founder Mike Mease and an evolving crew of musicians, writers, and storytellers have been entertaining, informing, and activating audiences from Briceland to Chico since the beginning of the month. After a show tonight in Sacramento, the tour will head to the Bay area before wrapping things up in southern California next week.

If you live in California or know someone who does, please view the full schedule HERE
and pass the info along to your friends.

* Last Words

"Eradicating brucellosis in the GYA remains the long-term goal..."
--from USDA APHIS' paper "A Concept Paper for a New Direction for the Bovine Brucellosis Program" released 10/5/2009

Do you have submissions for Last Words? Send them to Thank you all for the poems, songs and stories you have been sending; you'll see them here!

* Kill Tally

AMERICAN BISON ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2008-2009 Total: 22

2008-2009 Slaughter: 3
2008-2009 Hunt: 1
2008-2009 Quarantine: 0
2008-2009 Shot by Agents: 2
2008-2009 Highway Mortality: 16

2007-2008 Total: 1,631

Total Since 2000: 3,702*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortalities

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