May 1, 2012
Its been several years since i have had the opportunity to visit the Buffalo Field Campaign but since that time i've done everything in my power to support them because i just can't think of a more dedicated grassroots movement or a more just cause. A mad complex of government regulation, livestock and property laws and human dominion have woven an incredibly complex web around North America's last wild herd of Buffalo. The BFC tirelessly roams great expanses of land in solidarity with these wild and majestic beings who predate our presence there and who's territory humans have carved up into pieces, drawing lines on the land that no creature can fathom. BFC volunteers work in extreme weather conditions and extreme emotional conditions, standing witness as other humans harass, harm, capture and kill the Buffalo as they migrate across their instinctual homelands. BFC volunteers work with local land owners, with the National Park Service, with all the government and state agencies involved in regulating the treatment and placement of the Buffalo. They jump through the legal hoops, they work with the media, they travel the country to tell the story of the last wild herd of Buffalo and to call people's attention to the abuse inflicted upon them. But what I stand in awe of is that the volunteers go back to the field, day after day to witness and record the hazing operations, mostly powerless to interrupt or stop it. Imagine standing by with only your video camera and witnessing a very pregnant mama Buffalo birth her calf while surrounded by government agents on ATV's on in helicopters. Imagine that calf's introduction to this world! The calf's very first experience on earth is to be chased and harassed by humans, its first activity is to run for its brand new life, its first emotion is terror. I saw this first hand many years ago and it took me to a deep place of dispair and complete shame, to watch people treat wild animals so heartlessly and agressively. Many people of the BFC were present that day and are still present today. They return again and again to a largely thankless, physically exhausting, emotionally taxing experience because their hearts compel them to honor, respect and stand in solidarity with the Buffalo. I stand with the BFC for eternity, may their love and generosity prevail!
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MY ROLE:General Member of the Public