Stop the Slaughter of Yellowstone Bison
  • Petitioned Ken Salazar

This petition was delivered to:

U.S. Interior Secretary
Ken Salazar

Stop the Slaughter of Yellowstone Bison

    1. Sponsored by

      Defenders of Wildlife

Nearly 400 of the last true, wild bison in America are being held in federal corrals in Montana, waiting for the government to decide if they should be slaughtered.

Their crime? The bison left Yellowstone National Park for lower elevations after harsh winter conditions buried their food supply under deep snow.

Ranchers and the Montana Department of Livestock are claiming that the bison will spread the disease brucellosis to their livestock, but no case of bison-to-cattle transmission of the disease has ever been documented.

It's up to federal officials to determine whether these 400 bison will live or die.

These animals should be allowed to roam free, not executed over exaggerated science.

Speak out for the bison of Yellowstone National Park. Urge U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to find an alternative to killing these animals that just left the Park in search of scarce food. 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. Bison: Treasure or Threat? You Decide

      The long-debated status of American bison will finally be opened to public comment on Tuesday, February 22nd at the Bozeman Public Library at 7:15 pm. The debate should be lively, as these wild beasts have inspired fierce reverence and fear since...

    3. Reached 20 signatures
    4. Montana Gov. Schweitzer has put pressure on the Interior Dept. to manage the bison population, pulling his support of shipping the bison to slaughter: It's now up to the feds to decide the animals' fate ... speak up for the bison today!

    5. The government needs to hear that the public opposes this slaughter. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled to let the slaughter proceed. According to the AP: "U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell in Helena wrote that while the slaughter of bison may be 'distasteful,' it is a 'time-honored' method of controlling a disease carried by many of the animals."

      Wildlife advocates plan to appeal, but in the meantime, keep signing and sharing!

    6. Reached 10 signatures
    7. Groups Fight to Save Over 500 Yellowstone Bison on Death Row

      Despite numerous pleas from conservation groups like Defenders of Wildlife and Buffalo Field Campaign, the federal government continues to round up and kill bison, simply because the animals leave the borders of Yellowstone National Park in search of...

    8. Reached 5 signatures
    9. Officials just captured another 133 bison, bringing the number in danger of slaughter over 500. Speak out today to save the Yellowstone bison.

    10. Reached 4 signatures
    11. Activists have filed a lawsuit to stop the slaughter and the Dept. of Interior actually asked the federal judge not to intervene! Keep the pressure on ... officials need to hear that people want these American icons protected.

    12. Reached 3 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Elyse Coffey O'FALLON, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      Maybe they shouldn't oppose wolf populations then! This is insane.

      • over 3 years ago

      Here they go again......'man' thinking he has the God given right to destroy something that's been here for 100s of years, just because they 'think' it may affect them financially.

    • Donna Green ROGERSVILLE, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      PLEASE!! DON'T KILL THEM..CHECK IN " HOPEDALE, ILLINOIS". A few years back, there was an owner who has acres of refuge for bison!!! Call the bank there or Hopedale Medical Center, somewhere there and ask. I'm sure they'd know who to get in touch with, if the refuge is still there!! Just PLEASE, at least check, first

    • Dianne Hillier LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      We should nurture compassionate thought. Since we wish to live, we should not kill any other living being. Furthermore, the karma of killing is understood as the root of all suffering and the fundamental cause of sickness and war, and the forces of killing are explicitly identified with the demonic. The highest and most universal ideal of Buddhism is to work unceasingly for permanent end to the suffering of all living beings, not just humans.

      'With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.' - Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha

    • Kyle Hackmeister WILLIAMSPORT, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Weatherford International employee


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