Old Three Antelope Rule Back In Effect

scimitarhornedoryx2firstforhunters012114Effective March 19, 2014, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reinstated a rule that eliminates permit requirements for U.S. captive-bred populations of scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle, and addax (three antelope species).  Based on lobbying by SCI and other groups, Congress directed the FWS to reissue the rule in a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, enacted in January 2014.  While the reinstated rule eliminates permit requirements for trade and take of members of the three species, owners of herds of the species are, among other things, still required to manage the species to prevent hybridization; maintain records of births, deaths, and transfers of individual members of each species; and allow the FWS to inspect those records whenever necessary.

The rule comes after years of litigation regarding the three antelope species, and it will likely impact an ongoing lawsuit filed by Friends of Animals that challenges the permit process previously used by the FWS. Safari Club International is an intervenor-defendant in that litigation.

Friends of Animals has also filed another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the provision of the 2014 Appropriations law applicable to the three antelope species.  SCI is considering intervening in the new lawsuit to defend the constitutionality of the law.

SCI has been working on issues related to the three antelope species for over a decade.  The reinstated rule is an important step in the conservation and sustainable use management of the three species.  SCI would like to thank the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Dallas Safari Club, Exotic Wildlife Association, National Rifle Association and all the other groups and individuals that worked with SCI to get the law passed by Congress.

See the Final Rule published in the Federal Register for more information.

2 Responses to “Old Three Antelope Rule Back In Effect”
  1. Randy Lawffer says:

    Let the people who care and know run it.

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