On February 6, 2013, U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) introduced House Resolution 576, which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
Although not related to herpetofauna, HR 576 recognizes that, “Captive breeding programs are an essential part of re-establishing endangered species populations.” It further recognizes that, “Banning the hunting of an unendangered species in the United States actually places overseas endangered populations in danger of extinction by removing any incentive to breed and maintain them.”
A biologist and executive director of the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, tells The Houston Chronicle, ‘In this instance, Texas ranchers have done an astonishing job of rebuilding three species of African antelope, one of which is extinct in the wild. When it comes to saving a species, government on its own cannot save those species. The private sector has to get involved.’ (HR 576 at ¶ 4.) (Emphasis added)
HR 576 was proposed in response to opposition from an animal rights group seeking to ban the hunting of certain species of antelopes and gazelles.
Herpetoculture needs to bring this kind of reasoned thinking to our animals. We applaud Rep. Stockman on resisting animal rights propaganda and on the introduction of HR 576.
Conservation Through Captive Breeding ~ Herp Alliance