Target: Governor of Montana, Steve Bullock
Goal: Stop the slaughter of bison in Yellowstone National Park
A slaughter is taking place right now in Yellowstone National Park. The park is home to the last herd of bison that once roamed west of the Mississippi, and which numbered in the tens of millions before hunting cut their numbers to just fifty in the early twentieth century. Despite a small resurgence since then, bison still number a mere 4,600. In difficult winters such as this, bison roam into the lower elevations in Montana in search of food. Yellowstone managers are capturing these wayward bison and sending them to slaughter. We must petition Montana to allow these bison to wander into the lowlands without being massacred.
Bison are valued native wildlife, and their numbers continue to dwindle to a fraction of the great herds they once were. The slaughter is being sanctioned due to farmers’ concerns that the bison may spread the disease brucellosis to their cattle. However, a proposition for vaccines has been dismissed as being too ‘costly,’ and Montana continues to let this slaughter go ahead. Plans to allow the bison 400,000 acres of Montana land – which could provide excellent wintering habitat and minimal contact with livestock – are currently laid out before the Board of Livestock and the FWP (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks).
We now need this petition to be approved so the killing of these beautiful animals is stopped and their suffering is ended. Sign this petition, and demand that Governor Bullock allocate these lands to the bison.
Dear Governor Bullock,
I am writing to ask that you allocate Montana lands to the few remaining bison in Yellowstone Park, and stop the slaughter that is occurring at this very moment. Already this year hundreds of bison have been killed, and a black mark has appeared over your state because of it. All of this could be prevented by giving bison the land they deserve.
Not only is this massacre unnecessary for the whole herd, but the individual suffering of these bison – who are only trying to find food for themselves in the tough winter – is heartbreaking.
A proposal is on the table to give these bison 400,000 acres of public lands in Montana. This would give them an ideal wintering habitat and would minimize contact with livestock – an issue which seems to be at the heart of this debate.
Please do the humane thing and let one of America’s greatest native animals thrive in lands which once belonged to them. End the cruelty of this senseless slaughter by giving these bison the land they need to survive.
[Your Name Here]
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