"...Included are three species, the scimitar-horned oryx, the addax and the dama gazelle. "Ranchers in this country are very private-property individuals," said Charly Seale, the executive director of the Exotic Wildlife Association in Ingram, Texas, about a 90-minute drive west of San Antonio. "We bought the animals with our own money and they're telling us what to do with them. They are not anybody's animals but ours." Seale is so opposed to the permitting process that he's sold the 23 scimitar-horned oryx he was breeding._
Proponents of the exemption for Texas breeders say the program has dramatically increased numbers of the endangered species, with the number of scimitar-horned oryx growing from 32 in 1979 to 11,032 today, addax going from two to 5,112 during the same timeframe and dama increasing from nine to 894.