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In Defense of the Bison

Bison graze peacefully in Yellowstone  ©2012 Rose De Dan

Bison graze peacefully in Yellowstone National Park ©2012 Rose De Dan

It was my birthday yesterday, and I regret to say it began with my getting angry. Practically the first thing I read yesterday morning was a newsletter from Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC), an organization comprised of volunteers who closely monitor how bison in Yellowstone National Park are treated.

What I really want for my birthday (and every other day of the year) is an end to violence against the supposedly-protected bison. I’m usually a fairly even-tempered person but while reading the pain and emotional distress of the wild bison that were being subjected to this needless procedure came through so clearly that I lost my temper. Please take a moment to read the newsletter and take action—they need us!

I added the following to the prepared message BFC provides (can you tell I was mad?): “It is horrible that some of the Yellowstone bison are being used in a highly invasive birth control experiment. As a taxpayer I strongly resent the way that you are ‘managing’ such precious resources, and as a taxpayer I demand that you change your policies to ones that discover how to help the bison bring life back to the land outside of Yellowstone, and that the Parks Department get out of the mindset of management and into a more scientific and sustainable approach to learning how to help the bison and all the other wildlife live in peace. They know how to ‘manage’ Nature much better than we do.”

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In private practice since 1996, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic practitioner, author and artist. As an animal shaman she views her mission as one of building bridges between people and animals through healing sessions, classes, ceremonies and events such as A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild.

Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.

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