Texas Bison Association Announces Support for National Bison Legacy Act

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Bison Association announces its support for the National Bison Legacy Act, a bill recently introduced in the Senate by Sen. Mike Ezni (R) of Wyoming, and Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D) of South Dakota. If enacted by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the bill (S.3248) would designate the North American bison as the National Mammal of the United States.

The National Bison Legacy Act has received bipartisan support from lawmakers from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Rhode Island. The bill does not establish new regulatory protections for American bison, but it provides official recognition to a species that has sweeping cultural and ecological significance. The decision to support the National Bison Legacy Act was a unanimous vote by the TBA board of directors during the 2012 Texas Bison Conference, held earlier this month in Lubbock, Texas.

“The bison is an enduring symbol of America, its people and a way of life, and we think it is extremely fitting and deserving for our country to officially recognize the cultural and historical significance of these magnificent animals,” says Charles Addington II, president for the Texas Bison Association. “By declaring bison as the National Mammal of the United States, we bring together bison producers, conservationists, Native American communities, sportsmen and many other groups and businesses to celebrate bison and our national heritage.”

To support bison as the National Mammal of the United States, please register at www.VoteBison.org.

The Texas Bison Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by bison owners and individuals concerned with the preservation and promotion of the American bison. Today, the TBA provides assistance in raising and producing bison and promotes the nutritional health aspects of bison to consumers.

For membership, sponsorship or additional information about the Texas Bison Association, call 512.778.9092 or visit www.TexasBison.org.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Texas Bison Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of Texas bison through conservation, leadership, education and public awareness for bison production, the industry and the species. For more information on Texas bison, bison ranching or membership in the Texas Bison Association, call 512.778.9092 or visit www.TexasBison.org.

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