Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Make bison the official mammal of the United States
When Europe discovered the New World, they found the plains flooded with bulky, furry bison. These mammals used to be abundant a century ago, but senseless killing has dramatically reduced their numbers, almost bringing them to extinction. It is thanks to rigorous conservation efforts that these animals have repopulated America. To preserve these robust creatures, urge Speaker of the House John Boehner to declare the bison as the nation’s official mammal.
It’s estimated that 20 to 30 million bison existed before explorers and hunters killed these animals with reckless abandon. These brown, shaggy creatures are crucial to the ecology of the plains. Their hooves act as plows, allowing flora to flourish. By grazing and leveling the land, bison create homes for prairie dogs. They are also the primary food source for wolves. Known for their robust nature, bison are well equipped to handle the cold and roam all across North America.
Bison numbers plummeted during the Civil War when America wanted to reduce the population of Native Americans. One solution to this problem was killing off bison, the main food source of these people. Thousands of bison died in these senseless slaughters, and what was once an abundant species became vulnerable to extinction. Conservation efforts and breeding with cattle have brought the species’ population back, but many cattle ranchers see these animals as a threat to their industry.
We can protect the species from disappearing by making the bison America’s national mammal. This would place the bison in the spotlight and provide the species popularity and hopefully protection. Make this dream a reality by urging Speaker of the House John Boehner to lend his support in declaring the bison the official mammal of America.
Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner,
During the turn of the 20th century, only 1,000 bison remained in the wild. Bison used to number in the millions, but commercial hunting and the culling of the Native American population made the bison vulnerable to extinction. Efforts made by Theodore Roosevelt, Native Americans, and conservationists kept these majestic animals from disappearing. Unfortunately, there is more work to be done as the bison are still threatened.
The bison is the largest land mammal in the west, known for their bulky and hardy nature. They survived through the Ice Age, and used to roam all over North America. Do not let these animals fade from existence. I urge you to lend your support in making the bison the nation’s official mammal, as it will garner protection and a positive reputation.
[Your Name Here]
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