Punish Official Who Shot the First Wild Bison Seen in Germany in 250 Years

Target: Chris Heinrich, Board of Directors, World Wildlife Fund

Goal: Seek justice for exceedingly rare bison hastily murdered.

Charges have been laid by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) against an official in eastern Germany who reportedly ordered hunters to shoot a bison he claimed was a danger to the public. According to WWF, this was the first wild bison spotted in the country in 250 years. The animal was spotted near the river Oder near the town of Lebus, and the person who spotted it alerted authorities. Reports say that the head of Brandenburg’s public order office then ordered the bison to be killed in the interest of public safety.

The European bison is the largest land mammal found in Europe, and have not been seen roaming wild in Germany in over two and a half centuries. The animals are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and are considered highly protected animals in Germany.

Polish authorities suspect that the animal was one seen inhabiting Ujście Warty National Park on the German-Polish border for some time before wandering into Germany. According to Brandenburg Environment Minister Jörg Vogelsänger, the animals are not known to be dangerous. He went on to say that bison roam freely in Poland, and if they were a true hazard, “half of Poland, where the animal is a national symbol, would have to be declared a danger zone.”

A representative for the Environment Ministry said that a tranquilizer dart, available at any country vet, could have been used to neutralize any danger to the public. The order to kill this animal therefore was not only incredibly cruel, but made hastily and without proper consideration. Sign the petition below to demand that this person is punished to the fullest extent of the law if found guilty of wrongdoing.


Dear Mr. Heinrich,

The first wild bison seen in Germany in over two and a half centuries was recently shot by hunters at the order of a German official. The bison is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and are considered highly protected animals in Germany.

This decision was cruel and hasty, especially since authorities say that the bison could have been tranquilized and moved easily. We, the undersigned, ask you to seek the maximum possible punishment for the person responsible.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    save the buffalos.


  3. Do really have to tell to stop murdering Bisons! The first one seen in 250! Put your damn guns done already, and stop killing animals!

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️??

  5. Jeannette Allan says:

    This crime must be punished. Stupidity, ignorance, and a lack of compassion for this beautiful animal should be treated as a felony. Disgraceful.

  6. They must be severely punished.

  7. neil kennedy says:

    Typical trigger happy bureaucrat exercising their ‘power’ and loving it.

  8. What STUPID ASS would do something like this? It’s bad enough to harm an animal period, but to murder an animal thought to be extinct to the area is incomprensible – you dumb f, no regard for anything – go to hell!!!

  9. I guess some German officials have such small penises they just have to kill.
    We have officials here in the US with the same problem.
    My sympathies.

  10. Wow!!, 250 years in the making and gone in a sec.
    This person needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  11. Chris Heinrich, Board of Directors = Giant Dummkopf!

    How the hell did he get to be a director of that organization? Get rid of him immediately! This is giving a bad name to this organization!

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