Extinction v. Captive Conservation: The Fate of the Three Amigos

Excellent article Andrew! I was pleased to see that quote of Sally Jewel, I only hope she comes to see the parallels to captive reptile farming as a conservation tool and re-considers expanding Lacey Act use to squash the hobby and business of herp keeping.

The Last Word on Wildlife

The scimitar-horned oryx was declared extinct in the wild in 2002 photo: Exotic Wildlife Association The scimitar-horned oryx was declared extinct in the wild in 2002
photo: Exotic Wildlife Association

Recently, in a legal ploy designed to undermine the “Three Amigos” provision of the Appropriations Act of 2014, the Friends of Animals (FoA) filed a federal lawsuit to try and stop the conservation of three endangered antelope species.

In a legal and legislative skirmish beginning in 2005, conservationists and animal rights activists have battled over the fate of three endangered antelope. It began when US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) added the scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle and addax (a|k|a the Three Amigos) to the Endangered Species list– but allowed an exemption for legal trade and hunting of captive bred specimens here in the United States. FoA and other animal rights activists filed a federal lawsuit hoping to overturn the exemption and block these captive conservation efforts. Subsequently, in 2009 they got their wish, the U.S. District…

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