Conservation Force has filed a motion to intervene in the most recent Three Amigos suit by Friends of Animals. This suit, unlike earlier suits, is an attempt to enjoin the permitting system that authorizes the take/cull permits. Conservation Force represents and has been joined in its motion by Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, Texas Wildlife Association and one or more ranches belonging to each of the respective organizations. The ranch members are Media Luna Ranch, Kothman Ranch Co., KJC Rockin P Ranch, Indianhead Ranch, J&R Outfitters, Rancho Vedado, Heart of the Lone Star Ranch, Simpson Ranch and 777 Ranch.
The plaintiff Friends of Animals is objecting to the intervention, but there is little doubt that the intervention will be permitted because of Conservation Force’s Ranching for Restoration Program and free public assistance to ranches in the application process is a target of the suit. Conservation Force’s Ranching for Restoration Program is the biggest potential source of funds for restoration projects in the countries of origin of those species. Animal rights groups have scuttled those projects at times by threats of controversy to our conservation partners. Now they are trying to challenge the permitting itself.