Ranchers need to stop crying Buffalo and Wolf, They really need to stop blaming everything but themselves… All of their claims have been proven false!! It seems the bison are being killed for no apparent reason. As the disease is most likely to be passed from one species to another by the ingestion of aborted fetal material, Which means… Buffalo are smarter than both Ranchers and their cattle! Apparently Ranchers are causing the problem with feedlot style feeding it appears…
We’ve seen it before with the wild mustang horse roundups, the hunting of wolves, coyotes and other predators, black bear hunts and now Yellowstone Park is going to send over 900 bison to slaughter to appease local cattle ranchers. According to theNational Park Service website, the operation will run from February 15, until March 2016.
The fight to stop the slaughter has been impeded by the park service closing the bison roundup to the public. Recently one journalist, Chris Ketcham, who has been following this issue for a number of years teamed up with Buffalo Field Campaign, theAnimal Legal Defense Fund, a private law firm, Fuller, Sandefer & Associates and two University of Denver law professors to sue the National Park Service to gain access to the operation for documentation purposes. Unfortunately, on February 5, U.S District Judge Scott Skavdahl denied the request. As animal rights activists gain ground in the protection of animals, the opposition uses their money and muscle to squash rights. We can see this in the multiple ag-gag laws coming into play to hide abuses at factory farms and slaughterhouse, the instigation of the grossly unconstitutional, Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and smaller acts like the closing of the bison capture for groups and journalists who want to bear witness.
In one heartbreaking report by Ketcham, he describes the bison operation as the park services sort bison for slaughter. The magnificent beasts are crammed into chutes to be tested for brucellosis. These huge animals panic under such extremely stressful conditions and climb on top of each other as wranglers jam hooks into their noses. The bison’s heads are forced up, and as their eyes bulge in fear, a needle is punched into their necks to test for brucellosis. Ketcham also reports on how the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Division jam dildos into the arses of bull bison to make them ejaculate to collect semen samples. I call this rape. It’s disgusting and the desultory excuse of conservation pales in the face of such behavior.
There were once as many as 60 million bison that roamed North America before they were all but wiped out from negligent hunting. They have been a natural part of the Yellowstone region since the end of the Pleistocene. Nowadays, cattle ranchers who seem to have more right to order the death of wildlife then the general public does to save it, claim the bison spread brucellosis. This appears to be a myth. There has never been one documented case of the disease being passed from wild buffalo to domestic cattle, and so it seems the bison are being killed for no apparent reason. As the disease is most likely to be passed from one species to another by the ingestion of aborted fetal material, it is unclear how this would constitute a huge problem. If the bison and the cattle are properly monitored, this seems extremely unlikely to happen. There is also an effective vaccine for brucellosis, so why aren’t the ranchers using this to immunize their cattle?