Defenders of Wildlife call for an end to unnecessary slaughter

April 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm (Defenders of Wildlife) (, , , , )

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Defenders of Wildlife has revealed that a record number of bison have been slaughtered in America.

In a press release, DoW has said over 1,100 bison have been slaughtered this winter around Yellowstone National Park in Montana.

DoW suggests that the removal of nearly one-quarter of the park’s bison population dramatically demonstrates the need to reform the rules governing the last stronghold for America’s wild bison.

America’s last free-roaming wild bison

Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive vice president of DoW said: “Yellowstone’s bison are America’s bison, the last pure descendants of the tens of millions that once thundered through the American landscape.

“Yet as soon as they set foot outside of Yellowstone Park, even onto publicly owned national forests, they are harassed and killed. This is truly one of the worst examples of wildlife management in the country.”

Montana Department of Livestock is responsible for indiscriminately slaughtering bison that venture outside of the park in winter looking for food.

Why are bison being slaughtered?

DoW claim that faulty science and biased politics have led to regular winter roundups of bison in order to be killed due to the fear they might transmit a disease called brucellosis to cattle grazing on public lands.

However, there has never been a documented case of a bison transmitting brucellosis to cattle in the wild and the vast majority of bison killed for this reason are not even tested for the disease beforehand.

What action can be taken to stop unnecessary slaughters?

You can write to the Montana Promotion Division and ask for sensible management of these endangered animals.

To do this online, click here.

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