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* Thursday, 12/15/05 - Today is National Call-in Day! (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST)

* Thursday, 12/15/05 - Today is National Call-in Day! (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST)
Please join us TODAY in a nation-wide call-in day to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Let him know that Montana's bison hunt is wrong and should be canceled immediately. Governor Schweitzer needs to be reminded that the last wild buffalo are a national treasure, not Montana's toy, and should be respected and protected, not persecuted. Even if you've called before please join us today!


December 15th marks one month into Montana's illegitimate "hunt" of the country's last wild buffalo, the Yellowstone herd. Wild bison that must migrate to lower elevations for critical winter and spring habitat cross an imaginary line from Yellowstone National Park into Montana, where the killing fields await. There is never a time that wild buffalo are allowed to exist in Montana without being hazed, captured, quarantined, slaughtered or shot. The state's zero-tolerance against the last wild buffalo is a direct result of political pressure from Montana's powerful livestock industry, who fear wild buffalo re-inhabiting their former range. Livestock interests claim that wild buffalo "threaten" their livestock with brucellosis, a European cattle disease that livestock infected many native wildlife species with. Wild buffalo have never transmitted brucellosis to cattle - ever. Rather than persecute the wild buffalo, the state should take measures to ensure that their cattle do not infect our wildlife with diseases! Montana's bison hunt is the latest insult in a cruel string of tactics used by the state and federal agents to eradicate wild bison from Montana. Wild bison are native to Montana, yet because of the state's actions they are ecologically extinct here. Yet Montana insists on conducting an illegitimate hunt and masks it as a "normal, fair-chase big game hunt." As BFC's footage from the field demonstrates, there is nothing "fair" or "normal" about this hunt, and the element of "chase" is absent.

See for yourself at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/bisonhunt/bisonhuntvideo.html.

The governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, has the power and authority to cancel the hunt and create a "new Montana" that welcomes wild buffalo, values them as a native wildlife species, and respects them as the national treasure they are.


The Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute, and others will be helping in this effort. Our joined organizations represent over 7 million voices nation-wide and beyond. With everyone's participation this will be a powerful action and we'll make Gov. Schweitzer's phone ring off the hook! Please urge your friends, family and co-workers to participate. 


Montana's Governor Brian Schweitzer has said that wild buffalo will enjoy more tolerance in Montana. In his statements, Schweitzer said that the DOL is "ill-equipped" to manage wild buffalo for the State of Montana. To date, Montana's only response to this has been the reinstatement of a bison hunt, authorized by the state's livestock agency. Governor Schweitzer is listening, but it will take endless pressure, endlessly applied to stop the current harm to our last wild buffalo.


Keep the pressure on Governor Schweritzer to CANCEL the bison hunt and bring lasting protection and respect to the Yellowstone buffalo, the country's last wild herd.  Everyone who cares about wild buffalo should participate! Please pass this alert on to others.


On this same day from 2:00-3:00 pm, BFC will be in Helena, Montana, with other bison advocates including the Humane Society of the United States and the Horse Butte Neighbors of Buffalo in holding a press conference inside the state capitol building. We will state our opposition to the hunt, offer common-sense solutions, show video footage from the field, and deliver to Governor Schweitzer the thousands of post cards that supporters like you have signed, urging Montana to protect and respect the last wild buffalo. 
With everyone who receives this message making a call to Governor Schweitzer, we will not be ignored. Please encourage others to participate! Dial now for the last wild buffalo!


TALKING POINTS:  If you're a bit nervous and not quite sure what to say, here are a few suggested talking points - speaking from your heart is the most powerful!
* Tell him that the country's last wild buffalo deserve to be honored as a wildlife species in Montana. The Yellowstone buffalo are a national treasure, not Montana's toy.
* Tell him that livestock agents have no place in authorizing a hunt or managing wild buffalo. The Department of Livestock should inspect livestock and leave wildlife alone.
* Tell him that this hunt will be shown to the world, and Montana will suffer another huge public relations nightmare should it continue.
* Remind him that Montana's tourism industry depends heavily on dollars from the so-called "outsiders" who want these buffalo protected, and that those much-needed dollars will not come from you while this buffalo harassment and slaughter continues.
* Tell him the whole world is watching.

THANK YOU for taking action to help the last wild buffalo!
For more information contact bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org or visit http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org to see video clips of what a bison "hunt" looks like.

Find out more about why BFC opposes this canned hunt at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/legislative/bisonhuntingbill.html.

Many thanks to the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute, Colin and D.J. for your help and inspiration!

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