The American Bison Captures An Ailing US

American Bison photo by Dan Dzurisin Flickr/creative commons

American Bison
photo by Dan Dzurisin
Flickr/creative commons

There are many examples around lately of inverse logic and intellectual disconnect but few capture it as well as what is going on with the mighty American Bison.

On the one hand we can herald the US Senate for backing the American Bison as our national mammal. No animal is more worthy, more connected to our early heritage. There were originally 6 species of bison globally, and now there are only two, the American Bison and the Steppe Bison, and many of these have been interbred with cattle. By the 1800s, the number of American Bison had declined to just over 500; it was only a bunch of ranchers who got together that saved them from extinction.

But, on the other hand, we are allowing Yellowstone National Park’s plan to slaughter 1000 of these precious animals, on the pretense of protecting neighboring livestock grazing on our national park land.

Since 1985 some 8634 Yellowstone bison have been sacrificed to the livestock industry.

The annual slaughter has no basis in science, and is ethically bankrupt and corrupted management precipitated by ranching interests.

The slaying of bison is an annual event. Since 1985 some 8634 Yellowstone bison have been sacrificed to the livestock industry.

This is where the disconnect begins, between who we aspire to be and who we really are as a people, as country. We are sentimental in preserving our image while at the same surrendering to corporate interests for no other reason than to elevate its dominance and control. The next time you can’t figure out who is to blame for destroying our country, think once more of the mighty bison.

 

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Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner is co-founder of VenusPlusX, and writes frequently on global sexual freedom, American fundamentalists exporting hate and homophobia, and grassroots activism.
Alison Gardner