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March 05, 2007 15:48 ET

Unfolding crisis in Canda's Peace River District

Buffalo ranchers in northern BC face disaster, some herds left to starve, reports backofthebook.ca

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor GABRIOLA, BC, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - March 5, 2007) - A story posted today in the online magazine Backofthebook.ca reports on an unfolding crisis in BC's Peace River District, where some buffalo ranchers, devastated by the mad-cow scare of the last few years, are being forced to let their herds starve.

Writer K. Darcy Ingram recently travelled to the region for the article. Buffalo ranchers told her that a combination of sudden changes to export laws, new and strict regulations for slaughtering facilities, and a prolonged drought in the area have left some with a stark choice: save their families or save their herds. Says one: ""What's going on is criminal, but it's the animals who are suffering most. They shouldn't be left to die, but it's so expensive to do the right thing."

The article also reports on the appearance of profiteers in the region, seeking to take advantage of ranchers' desperation, and on attempts to address the situation through use of an innovative mobile facility for slaughtering and processing bison.

Backofthebook.ca is an online magazine combining expert and lively commentary on Canadian and international subjects with in-depth feature articles. Writer K. Darcy Ingram, author of the article "Buffaloed," is available for interviews. Contact backofthebook.ca Editor Frank Moher for further information. /For further information: http://backofthebook.ca/ IN: AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD, MEDIA, TRADE

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