I find it amazing that an animal (the scimitar antelope) who is basically extinct in it's native lands can be seen in the thousands on these Texas game ranches... Never had a clue these ranches existed.
Anywho, the segment went something like this:
Game ranchers get big $$$$ from hunters who want to kill an endangered African species. So they set aside thousands of acres in land and breed these animals. Hunters cull the herds, get their trophy and the game rancher breeds more stock.
Animal rights lady is pissed off... She would rather see these animals go extinct than to be raised and hunted in this manner.
She has currently won a court case with the Fed Gov which has now made it illegal to kill any of these scimitar antelope on these ranches w/o a federal license. THe ranchers are saying, well, you know, we are in this for profit. If I can't sell this gazelle, I'm not going to keep expending the resources on it and the antelope will eventually go bye-bye.
On a positive note, crazy animal rights lady has just released 170 of these animals on a refuge/preserve in Senegal. So, as the 10,000+ on the game ranches in TX die off maybe these 170 can avoid being slaughtered by Africans, who are much less likely to exploit this newly found resource, and repopulate the species.
Edited by SEC=UGA, 11 June 2012 - 09:57 AM.