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Three Strikes On Canned-Hunting

Friends of Animals Help Spoil Yet Another Attempt By Hunters

To Evade The Endangered Species Act

August 14, 2013 – For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Harris, Director Wildlife Law Program: 720-949-7791 

Texas ranchers fight to breed, hunt endangered antelope

UPDATE: Judge Denies Texas Hunters' Injunction to Suspend Ruling

LA Times

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

April 3, 2012

Houston- The scimitar-horned oryx was listed as endangered seven years ago, but a special exemption from the federal Endangered Species Act allowed breeders of the rare African antelope to nonetheless sell and hunt the animals -- at $5,500 a head. As a result, herds grew exponentially on exotic hunting ranches nationwide, especially in Texas.

Rule meant to save exotic antelope will hurt species, ranchers say

March 30, 2012

Houston Chronicle

By Tony Freemantle

Its horns, sometimes up to 4 feet long, arc gracefully over its back, almost reaching its hindquarters when it lifts its head to sniff the wind. Vast herds of them once roamed the semi-arid plains of North Africa and the Sahel, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.

It was named in an inscription on the Egyptian tomb of Sabu of Sakkarah nearly 23 centuries ago, and is thought to be the inspirational template for the unicorn.

Saving North African Antelopes: Friends of Animals' Priscilla Feral to Appear on CBS' 60 Minutes This Sunday

Darien, CT-Friends of Animals recently celebrated a victory for scimitar-horned oryx, addax, and dama gazelles who are routinely bred and killed on hunting ranches here in the United States. These animals, on the brink of extinction in their native homelands in northern Africa, have been the targets of paying trophy hunters seeking a thrill-kill.

Animal Advocates Gain Formal Protection for African Antelopes Trophy-Hunted in U.S.

Friday 6 January 2012

Persistence Has Paid: Animal Advocates Gain Formal Protection for African Antelopes Trophy-Hunted in U.S.

Washington, DC "“ This week marks the conclusion of a long trek to written-in-stone protection for North African antelopes living in zoos or on Texas ranches.

How North African Antelopes Have Lived and Died in Texas

Act'ionLine Autumn 2009

by Priscilla Feral


The Y.O. Ranch is a Texas legend. It began with a young immigrant from Alsace-Lorraine named Charles Schreiner, who, according to its promotional materials, single-handedly "fought outlaws, Indians, and Mother Nature." Schreiner's descendants still run the cattle ranch, talking up their role in what they call the conservation of Texas Longhorn cattle.

Friends of Animals Win: African Antelope Shielded From Safari Club and Trophy Tourists

For Immediate Release


Priscilla Feral, President, Friends of Animals, Darien, Connecticut
Current tel: (at Primarily Primates sanctuary): 830.755.4616, or mobile: 203.219.0428. E-mail

Mike Harris, Director of the Environmental Law Clinic,
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
Tel: 303.871.6140, or mobile: 720.841.0400. Email

Can It! Say NO to The Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2005

Let's Stop Promoting "Man's Dominion" Over Nonhuman Life

On 9 February 2005, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 304) with the short title "The Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2005." Proponents of the bill claim it will "crack down on 'canned hunts,' the abhorrent practice of confining tame, exotic animals in an enclosed space and shooting them at close range." [1] As Senator Lautenberg has acknowledged, it is important to note what the bill does and does not do.