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Humane Society advocates against captive antelope hunting

No one will be able to shoot endangered antelopes without individual permits if a rule proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gets passed, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports.

The proposal follows a lawsuit filed by the HSUS over the hunting of endangered antelopes for sport in captive hunts. In these "canned" hunts, shooters pay to hunt semi-tame animals in fenced enclosures for trophies.

The new rule would end the blanket rule passed in 2005 that allows the canned hunting of captive endangered species, the HSUS reports, but would still allow some canned hunting on a case by case basis linked to the individual permits. This regulation, which allows three critically endangered African antelope species to be shot in captive hunts, was challenged by the HSUS and other animal welfare groups and in 2009 was defeated. The regulation was declared contrary to the Endangered Species Act.

Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal would remove this blanket rule, prohibiting captive hunting of endangered species. Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel for the HSUS says the organization is still concerned about the ability for some people to obtain permits that will still allow this practice.
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