Protect First Amendment Rights in National Park Animal Slaughter Case

Target: Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service

Goal: Allow journalists access to bison slaughter event.

Journalists and citizens are being denied access to the parts of Yellowstone National Park designated for a bison slaughter operation. These native species are being killed in massive numbers to please cattle ranchers in Montana, and the National Park Service is planning to deny access—purposefully withholding knowledge—so that their detrimental schemes go unnoticed and unchallenged. The extermination of a peaceful native species will no-doubt raise eyebrows and the Park Service is afraid of the negative reception of the public and activists alike.

The National Park Service has devised a plan to decimate up to 900 bison during a “bison trapping operation.” This plan is to be put into action mid-February, due to the bison’s potential to transmit  brucellosis to local cattle. Brucellosis is a non-lethal disease that, ironically, reached native American bison by way of European cows centuries ago, and although wild bison have never passed this disease to cattle outside of an experimental setting, they are scheduled to be executed because of their supposed “threat.”

Even though there is no evidence of the purported harm these bison can cause, the Park Service is ready and willing to murder the very animals they are employed to protect. Further, they wish to keep it a secret from the general public, so that their actions go unquestioned. Citizens, journalists and the media have a First Amendment right to access this event, in order to keep American citizens informed and educated. If we don’t know what is going on, we cannot fight against it.

By signing this petition, you will be demanding that the National Park Service allows citizens and journalists to the “capture and kill” operation, so that they can publicize this cruel and unnecessary extermination.


Dear Director Jarvis,

I am writing to demand that you allow public access to the scheduled, unnecessary slaughter of up to 900 bison. As a citizen of the United States, I am entitled to reasonable admission to this publicly-subsidized national park to witness and commemorate one of the most perverted and backwards uses of national park land.

To deny public access to this event would constitute violation of the First Amendment and would further express that you know what you are doing is wrong. As director of the National Park Service, you have the responsibility to act in the best interest of not only the animals in the park, but also the interests of tax-paying citizens.

If you aren’t going to shut down this operation, then at lease allow citizens the chance to decide their own stances on such a controversial use of a national park, so that we may prevent such tragedies from occurring again. I urge you to respect the rights of American citizens and obey the Constitution, by allowing complete observatory access to the ‘capture and kill’ event.


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