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Zoo Sells Endangered Antelope to Hunter

Zoo Sells Endangered Antelope to Hunter

Posted 6 August 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: zoos, conservation, extinction, canned hunts, hunting, rant

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The NSW Shooters Party are presently pushing for changes to animal cruelty laws to legalise 'canned hunts' – where hunters pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of shooting trapped animals, including endangered species. One member of the Shooters Party is a Mr Bob McComb.

Over the last 3 years Dubbo Zoo has sold 24 blackbuck antelope - a seriously endangered species - to Mr McComb. If the Shooters Party's bill passes, then these 24 blackbuck antelope may be the first visitors to Mr McComb's planned 'private game reserve' (ie. canned hunt).

Hmm. Where to begin?!

As if it weren't enough that Australia is driving our own native species to extinction faster than the rest of the world, now we need to breed other countries' endangered animals just so they can be shot?

I've heard many a zoo pat themselves on the back for their 'conservation' work, through breeding programs. So when the Dubbo Zoo says these 24 endangered antelope were 'not required' for their collection, and sells them to a hunter, you've got to wonder if they've checked the definition of conservation in a dictionary lately!

Of course, Mr McComb seems to be a little confused about what the word means as well, "I see private game reserves as a very effective way to achieve that conservation". I tell you what – if I were an endangered animal Mr McComb (and the Dubbo Zoo for that matter!) would be the last person I would want to see running to my rescue!

I could rant about this all day, but instead, I'll ask you to join me in writing to Dubbo Zoo to tell them how appalled you are that they would sell any animal (endangered or otherwise) to a hunter.

[email protected]

And if you feel like you're on a roll after that letter, you might also like to write to the NSW Premier and Environment Ministers to ask them to reject the Shooters Party's bill.

NSW Premier Nathan Rees
[email protected]

Hon. Carmel Tebbutt, Minister for Climate Change and Environment
[email protected]

Phew! I'm glad I got that off my chest, it's been bugging me all day!

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_Matt _Matt 6 August 2009
1
email sent.
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Jesse Jesse 6 August 2009
2
Always first off the mark! Thanks Matt wink
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Mel Mel 7 August 2009
3
i sent an email too. Seriously, the more i know about these things the more I find we are living in a backward world.
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strutty strutty 8 August 2009
4
How goddamn ridiculous. I read another article on this and Bob McComb was quoted as saying :%u2018%u2018The biggest issue [is] as soon as you mention a rifle, cruelty comes into it: %u2018Oh, cruelty, cruelty, cruelty.%u2019 %u2019%u2019

Yes freaking cruelty! How could a person be so blase about this? Makes me sick.
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NoraJ NoraJ 9 August 2009
5
Emails sent. Canned hunts are  barbaric, cruel and cowardly, practised by insecure and inadequate twerps. I thought zoos were supposed to be about conservation, not decimation.
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april-san april-san 16 August 2009
6
I went to Dubbo zoo a few years ago, and I thought it was a better zoo than others, because the animals had much bigger enclosures and looked happier. How could they do this?
Grrr, guns cause nothing but trouble!
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littlemisstofu littlemisstofu 20 August 2009
7
you'd have to be the lowest of the low to shoot an animal, let alone murdering a caged one, it makes me so darn mad...! furious
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Lisa68 Lisa68 22 August 2009
8
Pissed off email sent.  People that do things like this makes my blood boil!   Ya can't fix stupid!
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XxAmie-LeexX XxAmie-LeexX 22 August 2009
9
Absolutly appaling....about to send e-mails furious
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BosKind BosKind 24 August 2009
10
In 2007, a country wrought by corruption & people in power - of all kinds - who would do anything to make some money, BANNED 'canned hunting'. It was easy & it was lucrative for all involved. Minister van Schalkwyk (environment minister), who is hunter himself, called the act "rouge" & "reprehensible".
Now South Africa is difficult place, where everyone needs money, where we have an abundance of wildlife. Lions are by no means endangered & neither was any of the other animals they were huntng. People got angry, they told everyone - soon everyone knew & everyone was angry.
Politicians don't like their constituents being angry and vocal; we only need our voices to change this. Its been done before.
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Natasha Natasha 28 August 2009
11
done. appalling
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Jesse Jesse 31 August 2009
12
Just an update, Taronga Zoo has been suspended from selling animals to private operators:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/5892154/zoo-uspended-from-selling-animals/
It's about time!
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