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<http://www.friendsofanimals.org/news/2012/july/legislative-rider-wo.html> Legislative Rider would Deregulate Canned Hunting for African Antelopes
For immediate release: 25 July 2012
Contact: Lee Hall, Friends of Animals, 610-964-0090 or Email <mailto:leeh...@friendsofanimals.org>
Mark Salvo, WildEarth Guardians, 503-757-4221 or Email <mailto:msa...@wildearthguardians.org>
Advocates Urge Senate to Oppose Regressive Measure
Washington, DC — WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals have called foul on Representative John Carter’s (R-TX-31st) amendment to the House of Representatives’ Interior Appropriations bill that would reinstate a discredited U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that allowed canned hunting of captive-bred African scimitar-horned oryx, addax, and dama gazelles. Representative Carter’s amendment would also exempt reinstatement of the rule from further judicial review.
“Some people will throw thousands of dollars at canned hunting operations to procure an endangered animal,” said Lee Hall, Vice President of Legal Affairs at Friends of Animals. “And they don’t want the federal government to have any say in it.”
Tourist ranches, mostly in Texas, want to sell hunters the opportunity to kill captive-bred African antelopes in the United States. Until January 2012, they could do so without federal regulation. Although the oryx, addax, and gazelle have been listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act since 2005, the original listing rule allowed landowners to continue offering “canned” (fenced in) hunting for antelopes to trophy seekers. That loophole was closed this year and now hunting operations must apply for a permit before killing members of three species of African antelopes in the U.S. The permits require applicants to demonstrate how hunting the animals furthers their conservation in the wild, but Representative Carter wants to waive the permit requirement by reinstating the old rule with the loophole.
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