Archive for the ‘Conservation News’ Category
via The Exotic Wildlife Association:
“On May, 31, 2013 the United States Fish And Wildlife Service dealt yet another blow to the future of the Scimitar Horned Oryx, Dama Gazelle, and Addax by denying the delisting petition filed by the Exotic Wildlife Association and a similar petition filed by Safari Club International.
Blaming an antiquated Endangered Species Act for preventing the service from separately classifying captive and wild populations, the conservation of these and other species classified as endangered are being seriously threatened if measures are not taken to revise the ESA signed into law in 1973.
On the verge of extinction in their native country of Africa, the three species were given a special exemption from the restrictions of the ESA by the USFWS in 2005 because of the efforts of ranchers all over the this country who grew the populations of these animals from a few hundred to several thousand. After a U.S. District Court reversed this decision in 2009, the three species were placed back under the protection of the ESA.
After this latest ruling by the service the future of these and other captive animals in this country classified as endangered is in jeopardy. The ESA is, as the USFWS says, antiquated and your association is committed to continue our legislative efforts and to assist the House-led Endangered Species Act Working Group to amend and modernize this law by recognizing modern conservation efforts.
There is a major difference between those animals who are truly endangered in their native countries and those U.S. born animals who continue to flourish because of private ownership. A large number of ranchers, who propagated these species, have now abandoned their efforts because of the restrictive, onerous and intrusive nature of the permitting process.
Once again this has to be changed legislatively and the EWA is committed more than ever to continue our legislative efforts.”
Exotic Wildlife Association
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North America’s largest land animal is coming back to one of its natural environments. A subspecies of the more commonly known plains bison, the wood bison once ranged wide swathes of Alaska and Canada until the 1900s. A series of environmental factors forced the species to near extinction.
According to the Alaska Dispatch, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced a plan to reintroduce the wood bison to the state with the end goal of promoting tourism and hunting. Conservation groups have been lobbying for the creation of a wild bison population since 53 of the endangered species were moved to an Alaska quarantine from Canada. Their efforts were stalled by concerns that the bison might interfere with gas and oil development.
So far, the FWS plan involves moving a “nonessential experimental population” of the animals to an area near Fairbanks, Alaska. The region was historically a bison range before they became endangered. The bison will be kept under careful surveillance for a short period to allow them to acclimate, and then released into the wild.
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As a famous quote goes, “Times…they are a changin”. With the current climate of the exotic industry and the attacks being waged against it, exotic ranchers are now looking at the way they do things. One of the processes that has long been scrutinized is the buying, selling & transport of exotic animals. One company is looking to change all of that…
Wildlife Management & Exchange (WMX) is bringing a new auction format to the industry (the video auction) to streamline the process, lower costs & commissions, improve animal welfare…all while contributing to the future of exotic animals in Texas.
WMX auctions will be periodically held around the state and do not require the animals be physically present. The video auction alleviates transporting the animals to an auction site (reducing stress & transportation costs). WMX takes ZERO commission from the seller and will donate 1% of every lot sold to the Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) to help assist in exotic conservation for future generations!
Advantages of WMX: Accurate identification of exactly what animal and what condition you are buying, facilitate an efficient sale process and support the EWA effort, no hauling cost to the auction for the seller & a much more efficient auction; no more waiting on the animals to come through the ring, eliminates stress on the animals – no handling/hauling injury or death.
Event: WMX Inaguaral Exotic Video Auction
Date: Saturday, June 30th
Location: Austin, Texas – Travis County Exposition Center at the Skyline Club,
7311 Decker Lane Austin, TX 78724
Time: Sale begins at 10 am
WMX Mission Statement: “To facilitate the humane and effective capture, transport and sale of exotics and support the conservation of animals through the Exotic Wildlife Association.”
To register animals for this sale or for more information contact the Wildlife Management & Exchange LLC — Phone: 713.594.1576, email@example.com or 512.565.2968, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit www.WildlifeManaagementExchange.com to learn more about what sets WMX apart in the industry!
Category AAE News, Auction News, Conservation News, Events, Exotic News, Stock Your Ranch | Tags: Tags: 2012 exotic auctions, buying exotics, EWA, Exotic Wildlife Association, hoofstock, live sales, selling exotics, video auction, Wildlife Management & Exchange, WMX auctions,
via the Exotic Wildlife Association Newsletter
“60 Minutes” producer, Max McClellan, notified the EWA office that the “Three Species” segment, “Can Hunting Endangered Animals Save the Species?”, will air again this Sunday, June 10th by special request. This was one of the top rated segments this past year. If you missed it the first time or you simply want to watch it again, tune in to 60 Minutes on CBS Sunday night at 6 P.M. central time. This report was well received across this country and also by some people who identified themselves as animal rights activists who said that, although they did not support the hunting of these animals, they did applaud the Texas rancher’s efforts to save these species. Let your friends and family know, especially if they missed it the first time.
This special about the “Three Species” — Addax, Scimitar Horned Oryx and Dama Gazelle, has initiated a tremendous response from several key U.S. Congressmen and EWA Executive Director, Charly Seale, has been invited to testify later this month in Washington D.C. before the House of Representative’s Committee on Science on how hunting relates to conservation.
Don’t want to wait to watch the segment? Click here to watch it now >> CBSnews.com/video/big-game-hunting. To learn more or to join the the Exotic Wildlife Association, visit myewa.org.
Category AAE News, Conservation News, Exotic News, Videos | Tags: Tags: addax, CBS news, dama gazelle, EWA, exotic hunting in texas, Exotic Wildlife Association, friends of animals, hunting debates, scimitar-horned oryx, USFW service,