I have to say this is a issue close to my heart. The number of bison slaughtered each year continues to grow. I am sure many will say, that this has nothing to do with Obama. I happen to disagree, because he could help. But only, if he chooses to. A bill was introduced in 2005 The Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act (HR 2428)
The health and well-being of the last surviving wild population of bison in the United States depends on what happens next. Though no legislative action has been taken by the subcommittee, Congress has requested the General Accounting Office to investigate and report on Yellowstone bison management and a $13 million dollar taxpayer financed agreement to protect 6,770 acre of habitat for wildlife on the Royal Teton Ranch.
However, this bill has gone no where. It was sent to sub committee in 03/07. So Obama could step in and see to it, to help save the buffalo. A new Bill could be introduced, or he could stand behind us and take the lead contacting the subcommittee and letting them know he supports this issue in order to stop the slaughter. Our Nations bison are a national treasure, and should not be killed. They are as important to this country, as the bald eagle.
There was a time, when they roamed the Americas. The thunderbeast, gave life to many of our people. In the 19th century, the buffalo were hunted to almost extinction. We cannot let that happen again.
This is not a issue where Obama did not vote. The bill has never made it any further than the house. So, I am sure that Obama supporters will say, there is nothing he can do. I disagree, he could draft a new bill, or reach out to subcommittee members. There is a reason I do not think he will. Its because killing of the bison, is what some ranchers want.
A handful of ranchers graze cattle on public and private land adjacent to Yellowstone National Park. The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) claim that these cattle are at risk of contracting brucellosis from Yellowstone’s buffalo, a disease originally brought to wildlife from European cattle. It is extremely important to note that there has never been a documented case of a wild buffalo transmitting brucellosis to livestock. Brucellosis is a disease that can cause spontaneous abortions in cattle. The state of Montana on behalf of the livestock industry has killed more than 3200 buffalo since 1985 based on the unsubstantiated fear that Yellowstone buffalo will transmit brucellosis to cattle. There has, however, never been a confirmed case of brucellosis transmission from buffalo to cattle under natural conditions. Indeed, in Grand Teton National Park, where infected buffalo and livestock have co-mingled for more than 45 years, there has not been a single incident of disease transmission.
I am sure Obama supporters will also say, why hasn’t McCain done anything, and the video does not mention him. That is true, I do not deny that. However, we are trying to point out Obama made a promise, to stand behind Native American Issues.
We are asking Obama to full fill his promise. This is what he said to us. “I want you to know that I will never forget you,” he said. The United States government cannot undo wrongs against Indian peoples, he said But they can elect a president committed to do what’s right for Native Americans.s and sisters”.
“And since now I’m a member of the family you know I won’t break my promises to my brother
So far, Obama has done nothing to fillfull this promise. Words, are just that, words. Without action, they have no meaning…….