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Australian Zoo sells endangered species to sports hunter

Dubbo Zoo in New South Wales, Australia, has sold 24 blackbuck antelope (Antilope cervicapra) for between A$160 and A$300 each, to Bob McComb - owner of the Dongadale Deer Park and Stud.

McComb plans to charge hunters thousands of dollars for the right to hunt them on a private game reserve.

The zoo says the animals were "not required" and McComb argues that "private game reserves [are] a very effective way to achieve ... conservation."

The political organisation NSW Shooters Party has introduced a private member's bill which would alter the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in order to permit McComb using the species for trophy hunting.

The Indian Wildlife Protection Act assigns the highest level of protection to the species, alongside elephants and lions.

The Government maintains it will not support the bill. Robert Brown, who introduced the bill, has "vowed to hold the Government to ransom until it is passed."

Image: Simon Alekna

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/hunter-buys-zoos-endangered-antelope-20090805-ea2g.html

Blackbuck antelope and Bob McComb of the Shooters Party in Australia

Posted by: admin on 06th Aug 2009 07:49 PM
Updated by: admin on 06th Aug 2009 07:49 PM
Expires: 01st Jan 2014 12:00 AM

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