BFC is a wonderful organization bringing awareness of the plight of the American Buffalo to the public. Their compassion and endeavors to educate make them a phenomenal group that has been effective in protecting Buffalos. Thank goodness they exist.
I had the opportunity on Thursday evening to attend Mike Meese's presentation on the treatment of Yellowstone National Parks wild buffalo herd at the hands of the Interagency Bison Management Plan. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the IBMP it does a great deal to protect local ranchers access to public lands and cheap grazing at the expense of the Yellowstone bison and the American taxpayer. Under the guise of disease prevention the last wild buffalo herd has been slaughtered, experimented on, hazed and generally mistreated in a way that can only be described as abusive.
The video presentation was at times hard to watch as well as maddening but it was also at times uplifting in ways that I didn't expect. Images of injured newborn calves struggling to keep up with the herd as they were being hazed by agents of the government forced to run 15 miles in a single day will stick with me for a long, long time but so will the images and words of the BFC volunteers.
The amazing level of commitment Mike and the other BFC volunteers exhibit is nothing short of inspiring. Willing to endure all kinds of weather and to place themselves in harms way to bear witness to the treatment of these magnificent animals while at the same time forsaking the creature comforts that most of us enjoy is frankly one of the most selfless acts I can recall. Bringing the plight of the Yellowstone Bison into public view has slowed their killing to a trickle to the credit of the BFC but BFC marches on not satisfied with their enormous success, concerned only with the work that still needs to be done to protect the bison. After more than a decade of advocating for the buffalo at Yellowstone BFC's commitment has not wavered and I have no doubt that they will continue until the buffalo can roam free.
The buffalo's instinct's lead them to return to their ancestral lands but they are seeking more than just food. They are seeking their heritage, their place in a world that at least on public lands, lands that belong to you and me, should be guaranteed to them. Public lands should not be in the sole control of an industry that seeks only to enrich itself by removing native wildlife to make way for cattle grazing, an immoral and unjust act that should be outlawed.
Buffalo Field Campaign continues to fight for the right of the last wild bison in America to exist. They are fighting in the field and in the media as well as in the courts and they need our support. The first step is to contact BFC and become educated about what is really going on in Montana. Spread the word in support of BFC and the buffalo and make a donation to this amazing group.
The Buffalo Field Campaign can be reached via: www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/ and don't miss these very compelling videos documenting the treatment of the buffalo. www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/bisonvideogallery.html
On a personal note I would like to thank Mike and Stephany and all the other volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the buffalo. You guys are awesome!
Every time I read the the the Buffalo Field Campaign newsletter, it saddens me so to hear what is happening to these beautiful animals. This is where they belong, it's their home and rightfully so. To hear that they are constantly being run off is cruel and ignorant. They will keep coming back. It reminds me of the Road Runner cartoon where Wiley Coyote tries his darndest to outsmart the Roadrunner but he just can't do it. That's what it reminds me of when these government rangers or agents keep trying to move them. I guess they are just gluttons for punishment! A big thanks to all the staff and volunteers of Buffalo Field Campaign for their selfless efforts. Please keep up the great work. I'll be here signing every petition. Together we can hopefully see a time where the buffalo roam free as they were meant to be.
BFC is an amazing organization. They work tirelessly to protect the last of our precious wild Buffalo. They are truly wonderful people who believe in this cause wholeheartedly. I support their work and feel that this issue is very important. These animals deserve to live and thrive freely. BFC are a great non-profit org. and they deserve to win!
The BFC work tirelessly to help these magestic creatures. I have followed the BFC's work for years and I support them wholeheartedly. I am grateful that these incredible people are doing everything they can to keep the buffalo alive and protected. Thank you BFC!!!
For years they have documented the degrading and destructive practices of hazing and capture of the beautiful wildlife that has become part of the American West Legend. Wild Buffalo should be protected and revered, not killed for fear of spreading disease to cattle that graze on our public lands. The Buffalo Field Campaign is a group that has brought all this to our attention and they work hard every year to promote and protect the last wild buffalo in our northern states.
The Bison are a part of the history of this country and icon for many Native Americans. These people that are standing up for the bison are the only ones doing it. No one else has been helping the bison. They need all the help they can get. That alone is a good enough reason to nominate them. the Bison used to be so large a species it would take a couple of days for them to go by a area. Now they are close to being gone forever. Bison have a right to live too.
Buffalo Field Campaign is doing such an important job ! We need to protect the last wild buffalo before it's too late !
Buffalo Field Campaign is one of the 5 best environmental groups in existence; maybe the absolute best, but I don't claim to know everything! As the welfare ranchers take our money and our land, they demand the removal of OUR wildlife from OUR public lands! Fish and Game helps them, as does Yellowstone Park. The whole situation is corrupt and immoral...and BFC is the only organization working to save OUR wild bison. They are a national treasure, and I have unmitigated respect and admiration for all the volunteers, and everything they do.
I have been in contact with Buffalo Field Campaign for years. The people who initiated this organization and all who have been working ever since to help the Yellowstone Bison are tremendously gifted individuals. I and my parents did visit Yellowstone while I was a child. My father is the grandson 10 generations or so from the last Chief of the Wicocomico tribe, and my mother's great grandmother was Kiowa, so, it runs in my make-up to honor Mother Earth, Natural processes, Spirit, the buffalo, indigenous lands, waters, sentient beings and people. I am against the cattle industry, the theft and poisoning of land, the insidious attitude against buffalo. By going veg'n, I hope to promote a restoration of Nature and a possible return of some of these lands stolen from indigenous life.
BFC is the ONLY charity helping the LAST wild buffalo. They do a lot for this beautiful, majestic animal. If it weren't for BFC, countless buffalo would be dead now. Without BFC, we would never know what the BLM/Parks/Ranchers are constantly putting these creatures through. Their work matters! Once the buffalo are gone, they are gone forever. BFC is fighting hard to see that baffalo roam their native territory for generations.