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Buffalo Field Campaign Week of Action 2008
Talking Points for National Call-In Day | Talking Points for Letters to the Editor

Wild bison advocates, including Buffalo Field Campaign, plan a rally near the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Saturday, February 16, 2008.

The purpose of the rally is to draw attention to Yellowstone National Park’s role in the harassment, capture and slaughter of America’s last wild bison population, and to help stop more slaughter before it begins.

The rally falls in the center of a Week of Action, February 14 – February 21, that will target various decision-makers involved with the Interagency Bison Management Plan and draw attention to local, regional and national media.

Schedule of events for the Week of Action is as follows:
Talking Points for National Call-in Day

Thursday, February 14, 2008
National Call-in Day to Yellowstone
Superintendent Suzanne Lewis: 307-344-2002
307-344-2013 (public affairs)
307-344-7381 (main)

Friday, February 15, 2008
National Call-in Day to Mary Bomar, Director, National Park Service: 202-208-4621

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rally open to everyone, West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Schedule for the rally:
8:30 –5:00 – Public demonstrations with signs, banners, information and creative theatre
• Free information provided to all park guides; call 646-0070
• Free “Buffalo Safe Zone” signs available to local landowners

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
National Call-in Day to Montana State Veterinarian Marty Zaluski,
Talking Points for the State Veterinarian

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

National Call-in Day to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, 202-208-3100

Thursday, February 21, 2008
National Call-in Day to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, 406-444-3111
Talking Points for Governor Schweitzer

Wild bison advocates are also encouraged to write and submit Letters to the Editor to local, regional and national print media.
Talking Points for Letters to the Editor
Bison friendly letters that are printed win you a FREE “Let Buffalo Roam” t-shirt!

Contact Buffalo Field Campaign for more information, talking points for the national call-in days, Letter to the Editor campaign, and on the various ways you can help stop the slaughter of America’s last wild bison and restore them to their native habitat:
bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org, 406-646-0070 or http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org.

Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field, every day, to stop the slaughter of the wild Yellowstone buffalo. Volunteers defend the buffalo and their native habitat and advocate for their lasting protection. Buffalo Field Campaign has proposed real alternatives to the current mismanagement of Yellowstone bison that can be viewed at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/solutions.html.

Talking Points for National Call-In Day:
Park Service / Interior
1. The last wild bison in the U.S., a national treasure, are in your care. You are responsible for protecting America’s national heritage, not defending the economic interests of Montana’s cattle industry

2. Stop killing/harassing/quarantining America’s last wild buffalo - Withdraw from the Interagency Bison Management Plan now – take proactive steps to secure funding for bison habitat such as winter range and calving grounds on Gallatin NF.

3. Dismantle the Stephens Creek bison trap now

Montana State Veterinarian
1. There has never been a documented case of wild bison transmitting the livestock disease brucellosis to cattle

2. The risk of such a transmission is extremely remote. There are no cattle on public or private lands adjacent to the west boundrary of Yellowstone National Park at the times of year when bison are outside the park and the bacteria can't persist in the environment for more than a few days in the spring. Thus there is absolutely no reason for Montana's violent intolerance for wild bison.

3. Horse Butte is 100% cattle-free, and the buffalo should be allowed year-round access to this critical habitat.

4. These are the NATION'S last wild bison, not Montana's to slaughter at will

5. Cattle are the manageable element and any effort to reduce the already low risk of brucellosis transmission should be directed at them.

6. If the Church Universal and Triumphant insists on keeping cattle within the bison migration corridor on the north side of the Park, they should be required to remove those cattle or employ double fencing to ensure that the cattle don't come in contact with wild bison.

Governor Schweitzer:
1. The cattle industry did not put you in office and America’s last wild bison are not Montana’s to destroy; they are a national treasure.

2. Montana holds the key to restoring wild bison and must open all public lands to them year-round.

3. YNP Gateway communities bring in millions from wildlife-related activities: $250+ million to park towns; $86 million in wildlife viewing; $28 million in hunting

4. Cattle-based risk management is the key to protecting Montana’s brucellosis-free status and the health and viability of our native wildlife. Fences and vaccinations are for cattle, not wild bison.

5. Pull out of the Interagency Bison Management Plan, turn bison management authority to FWP, and remove the DOL from all wild bison-related activities.
Talking Points for Letters to the Editor:
For Writing Letters to the Editor of Your Hometown/Community/Region
1. Mention you’re from the community/region that the newspaper reaches, and you’ve left home to join BFC and stand in defense of the last wild bison population in the U.S.

2. Talk briefly about your personal experiences in the field and what it means to be here (FOR FORMER AND CURRENT BFC FIELD VOLUNTEERS)

3. Highlight the role of Yellowstone National Park in bison harassment and slaughter - systematic destruction of America’s national heritage they are supposed to protect - solely to serve the economic interests of Montana’s cattle industry.

4. Talk about how bison are a migratory species native to North America, but they are confined to Yellowstone NP as if it were a zoo/ranch; Yellowstone NP is not a complete ecosystem, in part because it lacks winter range and calving grounds.

5. Talk briefly about brucellosis being used as a smokescreen/excuse to control grass for the livestock industry’s benefit.

6. Talk about the hunt, hazing (using snowmobiles, helicopters, horses, ATVs), capture, slaughter, quarantine, and the need for protection and habitat for this American icon / symbol of the untamed west / emblem of America’s shameful past that continues today. Mention that all of this is 100% U.S. taxpayer-funded.

7. Put emphasis on the Stephens Creek bison trap INSIDE Yellowstone National Park. The Park uses the trap to capture wild bison and ship them to slaughter or send orphaned bison to a quarantine experiment facility

8. Talk about the real potential for the NPS and Montana Department of Livestock to harass and kill upwards of 2,000 buffalo this year

9. Ask everyone reading the letter to contact Superintendent Suzanne Lewis and tell her to withdraw Yellowstone from the Interagency Bison Management Plan, the taxpayer funded, state-federal scheme responsible for these draconian practices. Yellowstone National Park has an obligation and mandate to protect/defend the interests of our national/natural treasures. Suzanne Lewis should stop being a puppet for livestock interests and protect the last wild bison of this nation.

• In 2005-2006 Yellowstone NP captured and killed over 900 of America’s last wild buffalo: 849 shipped to slaughter; 57 calves sent to a government quarantine research facility.

• Yellowstone is a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, important globally with millions of visitors coming every year from everywhere

• Montana cattle politics dictate the fate of native wildlife

• The bison that inhabit Yellowstone are the last genetically intact (pure Bison bison) left in the U.S. (all others are contaminated with cattle genes)

• These bison are behaviorally unique as they still follow the instinct to migrate

• Wild bison number fewer than 4,600 (compared to the 30-70 million that once spanned the continent) and are politically confined to the ecologically meaningless boundaries of Yellowstone, or die leaving

• Wild bison are ecologically extinct everywhere outside of Yellowstone NP

• Don’t call them “Yellowstone” buffalo – they are American bison/buffalo, not “park” animals
Talking Points for National Call-In Day | Talking Points for Letters to the Editor
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