AR-News: (US-CA) Catalina Island Buffalo Relocated
lydia at idausa.org
Mon Nov 17 16:32:53 EST 2003
Catalina Island Buffalo Relocated
Your Help is Still Needed!
More than 100 Catalina Island buffalo were relocated to sanctuaries in
their ancestral home of South Dakota on November 13th. In a
cooperative effort with the Catalina Island Conservancy, 105 buffalo
were loaded on to large trucks and placed on a barge for the 30-mile
voyage across the ocean to Wilmington. The buffalo were then driven
1,700 miles to the Cheyenne River Lakota Indian Reservation and the
Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in McLaughlin, South Dakota.
A managed colony of 200 buffalo remains on Catalina Island. The
Conservancy hopes to adopt a contraceptive plan to control the
population, which had grown beyond what the island could adequately
sustain. Contributions from 40 organizations, individuals and IDA made
this rescue possible to keep the animals from being sold at an auction
house. The two reservations have agreed that the buffalo will live out
their lives on their land free from harm. "This has been an enormous
undertaking. The truck drivers, the handlers, everyone involved could
not have been more humane," said Bill Dyer, Regional Director of IDA.
"We appreciate the efforts of the Catalina Island Conservancy to make
this relocation a success."
Read news articles about the relocation:
<http://ga0.org/ct/41qZdLn1zjS2/> Press-Telegram: (
<http://ga0.org/ct/X7qZdLn1zjSM/> Newsday.com (
What you can do:
Donations are still needed to pay for the cost of this relocation. Send
a tax-deductible donation to:
IDA Buffalo Fund
131 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941
In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization
dedicated to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals by raising the
status of animals beyond that of mere property, and by defending their
rights, welfare and habitat. IDA's efforts include educational events,
cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on
rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi and Cameroon, Africa.
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