Sacred white buffalo's slaughter raises religious and legal issues


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  • rubcali El Paso, TX
    May 16, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    This horrendous crime should definitely be classified as a Hate Crime" The little buffalo's only crime was that he was born white. Whoever did this unspeakable thing has no conscience and is,or are subhuman beings. Whoever did this was skilled with the use of a knife to be able to skin the poor baby and his mother. I urge everyone to be vigilant and report any suspicous behavior. They will be caught and with God's help there will be justice for these poor helpless sweet animals, who did nothing to deserve such a terrible fate. I only wish we could skin the perpetrators. They may have killed little Lighntning Medicine Cloud but they did not kill his spirit. He will always be in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with the Little Soldier family. God Bless you.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    May 10, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    so sad. I remember when that little buffalo was born and somehow it gave us all hope. Now some cruel, self-serving creep killed it and its parents are both dead too. Somehow this story seems like a sad dead end. What a loss to the Lakota tribe. I am so very sorry.

    May 10, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    So depressing when a clearly mentally/morally ill human does something like this to an innocent animal. Nature or nurture or both? I always wonder how we can do better so there will be less people in the world that have no conscience.

  • izzymuse St. George , UT
    May 10, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Simply ridiculous. Sad to see such stupid, intolerant, and destructive behavior. I hope the law gets a good hold of whoever did this.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    May 10, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    As a card carrying member of the NRA i find this killing deplorable.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 10, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    Re: "$$$ is the root of all evil."

    I'd be happy to take all those evil roots off your hands.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 10, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    A co-worker of mine from Missouri said many people have land with hardwood trees on the land and it isn't unheard of if they take a vacation when they come back some of their trees will be cut down. They can be sold for a lot of money.

    This is probably what has happened here.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 10, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    South Jordan, UT

    Salt Lake City, UT


    Let me put it to you both another way....

    If this buffalo was brown -as opposed to white -
    what do you suppose it's hid to be worth on the black market?

    My guess next to nothing and that buffalo would still be alive.

    Just like with drugs and prostitution,
    The motivation was $$$

    Money $$$, or the "love" of money [if you may] -- truely IS the root of of ALL evil.

    My prayers go the 1st Nation people.
    My God bless you for the wrongs you have already and continue to suffer froms the greed of others....

  • Rynn Las Vegas, NV
    May 10, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    A very selfish thing to do.

  • catcrazed Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 10, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    What a sad event. What a selfish event. My sympathies lie with the Lakota. Who ever did this should be ashamed.

  • Coachman sandy, UT
    May 10, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    Mountain what in the world are you on about? It's as clear as mud...

  • RLDS Mountainburg, AR
    May 10, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    It's sad

  • LVIS Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    "I'll say again – the love of $$$ is the root of ALL evil."

    Perhaps. But, that's not what you said the first time.

    And, if it "had nothing to do with upsetting Native Americans", then someone will be hard-pressed to make this a hate crime.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 10, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    South Jordan, UT
    @LDS Liberal

    Money is not the root of all evil. Stupidity is. Self-serving, mean spirited behavior are some of the byproducts of stupidity.

    This young buffalo was killed for it’s hide = $$$
    It had nothing to do with upsetting Native Americans.
    Otherwise they would have just killed it, and left it.

    Someone was willing to pay BIG $$$ to have that hide,
    And someone was evil enough to do this, for it.

    I'll say again – the love of $$$ is the root of ALL evil.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 10, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    If you want to own a buffalo, go buy your own and worship it or whatever else you want, because it belongs to you! Otherwise, this one was private property and does not belong to the community!

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Awful. Very sad.

  • guitarboy South Jordan, UT
    May 10, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    @LDS Liberal

    Money is not the root of all evil. Stupidity is. Self-serving, mean spirited behavior are some of the byproducts of stupidity.

    My heart sank when I learned that the white buffalo had been murdered. There are people in this world who have gotten into the habit of being mean, and who choose not to do what is necessary to get out of that habit. And then their meanness escalates. Who knows what the perpetrator will kill next.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 10, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    This is just aweful!

    The white buffalo is not just sacred to the Native Americans --
    It is sacred to ALL Americans.

    Once again showing us that;
    $$$ is the root of all evil.