A federal court has banned the hunting of exotic animals on private land. While these moronic animal rights activists have managed to have the hunting forbidden they have doomed the 3 species they sought to protect.
The scimitar onyx is extinct in Africa and has been since 2000. But these creatures have thrived in Texas on private ranches. The Texas ranchers using their skills in animal husbandry managed to grow a population of 32 oryx into a population of over 11000.
The rarest of the 3 species is the dama gazelle Their population in 1979 was 9 there are now over 800.
The last species to be brought back from extinction is the addax. There were only 2 in 1971 there are now 5000 of them living in safety on Texas ranches.
Well they were living in safety…
The ranchers allowed hunting of these creatures. To the tune of anywhere between $7,500 to $12,500 dollars.
This extremely high cost was paid by a relatively small percentage of the hunting population. They gladly paid because they got to hunt without having to go to Africa, where these creatures don’t exist anyway.
The cash went to the ranchers and they in turn used the money to continue their breeding programs, feeding, watering, veterinary care and any number of other things required to maintain a heard of animals.
This business model makes sense!
It was in the best interests of the Ranchers to have and maintain a vibrant healthy heard of animals that would otherwise be extinct. The numbers show that that is exactly what was going on.
Friends of Animals… Has no fucking clue. Their law suit and subsequent win has now made the herds a liability.
Given the numbers of the herds, if you had 100 taken by hunters a year then you have probably only equaled the natural predation that would have occurred in the wild.
Although if all these creatures were returned to Africa they would probably be extinct inside a year.
Their former territory has become a desert. There are literally thousands of people starving in those areas, does Friends of animals really think that starving people won’t hunt every last one of these creatures down and eat them?
And since WHEN does the federal government have the right to say to a private land owner what they can and cannot do with and on their property?
YES! Folks… these animals are the property of the ranchers. They bred them, they fed them and in that way they are no different from cows.
So they can’t be hunted anymore…
But I’ll bet they can be slaughtered and turned into meat.
And who could blame the ranchers? They have to make a living. Who’s going to pay for the maintenance and upkeep? These ranches have to turn a profit. These creatures had a higher sales price than cattle. But NOW cattle is the only option the ranchers have to be able to feed their families.
Does Friends of Animals think that the ranchers are just going to keep shelling out what must be at least tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain these creatures?
Really? Maybe Friends of animals should start fundraising and PAY for the maintenance themselves.
How long then until FOA decides that the costs are too high?
Our country is supposedly a free country.
When I see stupid stuff like some socialist fucking morons in Connecticut who have NEVER spent a day at hard labor like the kind you do on a ranch or a horse farm, I loose my mind.
Our Country and our world would be a DAMN sight better if people kept their noses IN THEIR OWN BUSINESS!
These idiots have no clue about the level of work and dare I say it love that these ranchers have for these animals.
Yeah, the ranchers allowed hunting but they knew that typically ONLY the old, slow, blind, or otherwise infirm would be killed. That’s the way of nature… I don’t care if these animals are inside a 50,000 acre enclosure. It still requires some level of skill to track one and eventually shoot it. ( I am opposed to hunting them from vehicles. Hunt them… on foot. Pit your hunting skills against the animals avoidance skills. Be an Apex predator, and remember even the cheetah doesn’t get a kill every day.)
Animal conservatorship and husbandry is about maintaing a balance between what your land can support and the number of animals that land can support. I don’t see any lions, cheetahs, leopards or for that matter any apex predator except man wandering these ranches in Texas. If these herds are allowed to grow uncontrolled they will eventually starve. That is a stone fact.
The ranchers now have to choose… They’re going to choose cattle.
I hope Friends of Animals is pleased with single handedly causing the permanent extinction of these three beautiful species.
I for one will be ready and able to POINT out that Friends of Animals and a socialist court system are responsible.