Updates on bison slaughter

In the ongoing drama of the planned bison slaughter in Montana, there have been several new developments.

Yesterday, a federal judge denied the request of animal advocates to halt the bison slaughter.

“For those of us who admire the Yellowstone bison, it is easy to be sympathetic to an emotional appeal to ‘stop the slaughter,” U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell wrote in his appeal. “Yet it is clear that this population of wild bison — diseased and healthy — ought not to be allowed to reproduce prolifically beyond the capacity of its range without the institution of scientific management.”

However, in an unexpected move today, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer blocked the slaughter by signing an executive order to prohibit the import of park bison into Montana for 90 days.

“More than anything else, this is a direct signal to the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C. to get their hat screwed on right and manage this bison population,” Schweitzer said.

What do you think about these new developments?

You can read about the request denial here, and the governor’s move here.

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