January 30, 2012
Can High-Fence Hunting Save the Scimitar Horned Oryx?
By Chad Love
Can hunting endangered African species help save them? That's the question the news segment that aired last night on 60 Minutes is asking.
From this story on cbsnews.com:
The scimitar horned oryx . . . the addax . . . the dama gazelle - three elegant desert antelope that you'd hope to see on a journey through Africa, except that their numbers are dwindling there. Which is why Lara Logan went to Texas -- yes, Texas. There, on large grassland ranches, some exotic species that are endangered in the wild have been brought back in large numbers. But there's a catch: a percentage of the herd is hunted every year by hunters who pay big money for a big catch.
The ranchers say this limited "culling" gives them the money they need to care for the animals and conserve the species. But animal rights activists don't buy that argument, claiming the hunts are "canned" and that hunting is wholly inconsistent with conservancy.
The transcript of the segment can be read or the segment itself can be viewed at the CBS website, but did anyone manage to catch it last night? Your thoughts?