Stop the Hunt: Canned Hunt Permit Tracker

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Canned Hunt Permit Tracker identifies pending permit applications submitted by canned hunting operations—or “hunting ranches”—that intend to import or breed exotic and endangered animals for the sole purpose of killing them for sport. These applications are open to the public for comment—join us in telling the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that canned hunting does not provide any benefit for the endangered species and that these applications should be denied.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund also opposes the import of “trophies” from canned hunts that take place in other countries. Many of these applications involve the bontebok, an antelope primarily found in South Africa.  These majestic animals were hunted to extinction in the wild, but now are largely raised as farm-like animals solely to supply trophies for hunters around the world. By allowing the import of trophies from such hunts, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is encouraging this hunting-factory farming practice, which is in direct contradiction to its statutory charge under the Endangered Species Act to further the interests and survival of endangered species like the bontebok. Indeed, the authorized activity—import of a trophy—does nothing whatsoever to benefit the species as it is only rewarding the hunter for killing the animal.

For each application below, go to the corresponding regulations.gov page, and look for the blue “Comment Now!” button.

Comments should be made in your own words. Next to each category of permit applications is a sample to help you compose your comment.

Comments on the International Wildlife Conservation Council

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is currently seeking nominations for the International Wildlife Conservation Council (Council). The purpose of the council is to advise the government on the alleged benefits of U.S. citizens traveling to foreign countries to engage in hunting. Please join us in the telling the U.S. Department of the Interior that hunting does not promote or encourage conservation.

Take action here today!

Current Applications Open for Comment:

Canned Hunting Operation Permits

Sample comment:

“I oppose granting ______ (Name of Canned Hunting Operation) a permit. These permits require that the applicant demonstrate the activity will benefit endangered species. _______ (Name of Canned Hunting Operation) is a canned hunting operation or “hunting ranch” that imports or breeds exotic and endangered animals only to profit from their deaths.

Canned hunting does not benefit endangered animals, it benefits only the hunter and the commercial interests of the hunting ranch. Canned hunting threatens both the individual animal that is killed and the health of an endangered species as a whole. Granting this permit would violate the spirit and letter of the Endangered Species Act. It is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s responsibility to protect the endangered species, not further harm them.

I strongly oppose the granting of this permit.

Thank you”

 

Applicant:
777 Ranch, Hondo, TX; PRT -013008

Deadline:
November 22, 2017

The applicant requests renewal of their permit authorizing the culling of excess Barasingha (Rucervus duvauceli), Eld’s Deer (Rucervus eldi), Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx), and Red lechwe (Kobus leche), from the captive herd maintained at their facility, to enhance the species’ propagation and survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

To comment, go here and look for the green “Submit a formal comment” button.


Applicant:
777 Ranch, Hondo, TX; PRT -017404

Deadline:
December 8, 2017

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for barasingha (Cervus duvaucelii), Eld’s Brow-antler deer (Cervus eldii), red lechwe (Kobus leche), and Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) to enhance species propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

To comment, go here and look for the green “Submit a formal comment” button.


Applicant:
John Warren, Austin, TX; PRT -47139C

Deadline:
December 8, 2017

The applicant requests a permit to import one male sport-hunted cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra) from a captive herd in Ezulu Game Reserve, South Africa, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. This notification is for a single import.

To comment, go here and look for the green “Submit a formal comment” button.

 

Trophy Imports

Sample comment:

“I oppose granting ______ (Name of Person) a permit to import hunting trophies. These permits require that the applicant demonstrate the activity will benefit endangered species but these animals were killed at private game ranches that do not manage breeding. Further, this application requests the import of a hunting trophy – the result of the premature killing of an endangered species. 

Canned hunting does not benefit endangered animals, it benefits only the hunter and the commercial interests of the hunting ranch. Canned hunting threatens both the individual animal that is killed and the health of an endangered species as a whole. Granting this permit would violate the spirit and letter of the Endangered Species Act. It is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s responsibility to protect the endangered species, not further harm them.

I strongly oppose the granting of this permit.

Thank you.”

 

Applicant:
William David Wrobel, Sonoma, CA; PRT -45243C

Deadline:
November 22, 2017

The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of a male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species.

To comment, go here and look for the green “Submit a formal comment” button.


Applicant:
Verne Caret Williamson, Ashland, VA; PRT -46104C

Deadline:
November 22, 2017

The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of a male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species.

To comment, go here and look for the green “Submit a formal comment” button.


Applicant:
James R. Rhymer, Jones, OK; PRT -45743C

Deadline:
November 22, 2017

The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of a male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species.

To comment, go here and look for the green “Submit a formal comment” button.


Applicant:
Fred Jack Perret, Collierville, TX; PRT -47953C

Deadline:
December 8, 2017

The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species.

To comment, go here and look for the green “Submit a formal comment” button.

 

Related: Animal Legal Defense Fund Puts Texas Canned Hunting Operations in the Cross Hairs

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