Bastard Buffalo? The Gross Disrespect of USDA-APHIS

Source:  Buffalo Field Campaign

Putting it mildly. A female buffalo expresses her people’s sentiment towards the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service.

Buffalo Field Campaign’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit continues to divulge more evidence of how unfit the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is in having any role managing our National Mammal, the wild buffalo. Thank you to attorney Daniel Snyder and our legal team at the Charlie Tebbutt law firm who have been of tremendous help in disclosing the public’s business.

APHIS’s offensive statements (provided here, APHIS’s Bastard Bison, PDF, excerpted below) show a callous disregard for buffalo. At the same time APHIS sought Yellowstone National Park’s help in taking more buffalo for their birth control study using GonaCon, a chemical sterilant, they didn’t want any obligation placed on them to get rid of the “bastard” buffalo under their care.

APHIS’s GonaCon study was shut down by their higher ups in the bureaucracy for running afoul of agency rules (See our article Good news for wild buffalo in Gardiner basin.). The buffalo taken from the wild under permit from Yellowstone National Park were killed or shipped to Colorado for more “study.”

However, APHIS remains entrenched in buffalo management through the taxpayer moneys they annually dole out to the Montana Dept. of Livestock. APHIS Funding MDOL Bison Operations 2018 (PDF).

We can and must take action for the buffalo. Contact your representative in the U.S. House.

Ask them to cut-off taxpayer moneys and axe APHIS’s on-going cooperative agreement with the Montana Dept. of Livestock to fund their buffalo management scheme.

APHIS has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to the Montana Dept. of Livestock to remove all wild buffalo that migrate into the state. The spigot of American taxpayer funding has been running nonstop for two decades.

There’s an action we can take to stop it! The U.S. Congress has the power to cut-off the free taxpayer funding pipeline that is destroying our last wild buffalo in Montana. Please contact the U.S. Congress today!

Thank you for taking action on behalf of our National Mammal, the buffalo.

From: Rhyan, Jack C – APHIS
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 3:21 PM
To: Clarke, Patrick R. – APHIS
Subject: RE: Conference call about GonaCon (2nd rendition) ? Elk study at Brogan’s?
Off the top of my bald head:
I like the bastard question best. I think with those we donate their little bastard carcasses to the food bank, as they have no special value for conservation.
PS: we might should delete these emails.



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    • It’s a little off-topic but I found the 7 points of “Putin’s Playbook” shown here helpful in the context of government wild horse management concerns.


      1. Find A Crack (and work on it to make it bigger)

      2. The Big Lie (repeat, repeat, repeat)

      3. A Kernel Of Truth (wrapped in lies, see #2)

      4. Conceal Your Hand (never let anyone know what you are really up to)

      5. The Useful Idiot (find one to haplessly propogate your message)

      6. Deny Everything (no explanation needed, all too familiar!)

      7. The Long Game (play chess, not checkers


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  4. How can a Buffalo be legitimately called a “bastard?”

    ORIGIN Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin bastardus .
    usage: In the past, the word bastard was the standard term in both legal and nonlegal use for ‘an illegitimate child.’ Today, however, it has little importance as a legal term and is retained today in this older sense only as a term of abuse.

    Also chilling some of the emails refer to ovariectomies as part of “research” echoes yet again of pointless use of taxpayer dollars to produce nothing of value while causing harm and suffering.


  5. My apologies R.T., for my rather dark ‘snark’ on some of these issues. I suppose you could say that it has a mind of it’s own at times, lol. While my outrage at the dangerous idiocy of most of these politicians and administrators (that perpetuate the destruction of our wild ones) always simmers, I will try to rein in my more graphic comments out of respect for this site.

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