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12 April 2000 Issue
The Fund For Animals Sends Boycott Reminder to Summer Vacationers

HELENA, Mt. (April 7, 2000) -- With the Travel Montana 2000 Governor's Tourism Conference scheduled for April 10-11, 2000 in Big Sky, Montana, The Fund for Animals decided to send a tourism boycott reminder to countless citizens across the country who are concerned about Montana's indefensible bison policy.

In 1997, The Fund for Animals ran an advertisement in USA Today calling for a tourism boycott of Montana because of the state's refusal to tolerate bison who wander outside of Yellowstone National Park. During the past decade, Montana has been responsible for killing thousands of Yellowstone bison, most of whom were on federal lands, insisting that the bison pose a disease threat to the state's cattle industry. Despite the fact that there has never been a documented case of bison transmitting the bacteria that causes the disease brucellosis to cattle and the likelihood of such transmission ever occurring is virtually nonexistent, Montana remains unwilling to adopt a sensible bison management strategy.

"We want to remind vacationers that the boycott is still in place and will continue until Montana officials demonstrate that they care about Yellowstone bison," said Andrea Lococo, alococo@wyoming.com, Rocky Mountain Coordinator of The Fund for Animals. She added, "It's shameful for Montana to encourage vacationers to view Yellowstone bison only to turn around and slaughter these same animals when they exit the sanctuary of the Park."

Michael Markarian, Executive Vice President of The Fund for Animals, added, "If Montana is serious about addressing current and future challenges in the tourism industry, as the tourism conference materials suggest, then the time has come for Montana to take action to respond to the concerns of the national and international public. They want the killing of bison to stop once and for all. For the sake of the bison, we urge Montana to listen."

The Fund for Animals is a national animal protection organization founded by Cleveland Amory, with its headquarters in New York City and one of its regional offices located in Jackson, Wyoming. The Fund has been working on Yellowstone bison protection for over 15 years.

Source: Michael Markarian <mmarkarian@fund.org

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