Permit to Hunt Endangered Black Rhino Sold for $350,000

Dallas Safari Club says all profits will go towards conservation

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A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino sold for $350,000 at a Dallas auction Saturday night will go toward conservation efforts, but animal and wildlife advocates are enraged.

The Dallas Safari Club, the association of hunters and conservationists that sponsored the closed-door event, said that the rhino that will be killed is old, male and nonbreeding, the Associated Press reports. The permit is for hunting in Namibia, which sells only five permits a year.

Wildlife advocates said the auction makes a spectacle of killing an endangered species, sending a bad message to the public while decreasing the number of remaining black rhinos, of which only 4,000 remain in the wild, down from 70,000 in the 1960s.

[AP]

10 comments
RobinPeens
RobinPeens

All things being equal, does this mean that for the right price we could get a Human hunting permit.

PhilTindall
PhilTindall

I would hate to be identified as the insecure Neanderthal that felt he had to give his/her life meaning by slaughtering a magnificent animal at a safe distance. Whoever kills this rhino should be made to eat it.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

 Some rich, A-hole now gets to shoot an animal in the name of conservation. What a disgrace. There were 70,000 Black Rhinos in the 1960s, now there are less than 4,000. If the winner cares so much about conservation let Namibia keep the money and choose not to shoot the animal.

Matt43
Matt43

Animal and wildlife advocates are not all enraged.  Older male rhinos are aggressive and will kill very young rhinos who do not share their dna and must be culled from the herd.  If the sale of a permit brings desperately needed money to save more rhinos, why not?


Objectors are probably some of the same armchair "conservationists" who fight against the sawing off of rhino horns to save them from poachers (who would not bother to buy a permit, I may add.)


Mr. Frizell must have forgotten to talk to the experts about this before writing this. 

Wischer6
Wischer6

Raising money for conservation by selling permits to kill an endangered species is insane.  I have just returned from Africa where I saw this magnificent animal and I do not believe that we can put a price tag on one of the most endangered animals in the world. Please start a campaign to save this Rhino before it is too late.  Certainly, there is another option other than death/money because he is old and aggressive.  What a dangerous path this would be. 

BlueDuck
BlueDuck

@Matt43 The rhinos were getting along just fine for countless thousands of years, then the  Europeans showed up. Just what Africa needed: Great White Hunters. 

Matt43
Matt43

@Wischer6 I don't think you understand how desperate a situation rhinos are in.  Your good will for this one Rhino who can't make more rhinos and is dangerous to other, younger rhinos who can make more rhinos.


I would rather you start a campaign to bring more money to save the young rhinos that can make more rhinos!  We are in a desperate situation here and need to be realistic environmentalists.

Matt43
Matt43

@BlueDuck @Matt43 Hate to tell you this, let's be realistic.  The biggest danger to rhinos are poachers trying to saw off their horns to sell as aphrodisiacs primarily in Asian markets and of those, markets primarily in China.  (Same with endangered turtles, which is another story.)


If you really are interested in saving the rhinos, you would be going after the rhino horn blackmarket.  Stop being an armchair environmentalist and petition the WTO and the UN to force China to step in and stop the trade in blackmarket rhino horns.


If we can get the "Great White Hunters" as allies and they can help us pay to save more rhinos, why not get help whereever we can?

Matt43
Matt43

@BlueDuck @Matt43 Of course I don't let them off the hook, but the culling of a single animal, which can't make more rhinos, which would have to be killed anyway by a forest ranger to protect the herd, is not the problem and a distraction from the true issue.


With regard to your second paragraph, humans have been causing large creatures to become extinct long before the great white Europeans arrived.  Cough...mammoths...sabre tooth tiger...megatherium...cough.


If you were a true environmentalist, you would listen to the experts who will all tell you that the greatest danger to rhinos are poachers who kill them for the horns to sell on the black market in Asia.  Fix the real blame and petition the WTO to go after China and close the black markets.

BlueDuck
BlueDuck

@Matt43 @BlueDuck Unfortunately, you haven't grasped the totality of the problem. Of course poachers contribute to this senseless slaughter but that doesn't let the trophy hunters  and thrill killers off the hook. These so-called Great White Hunters are legal poachers for different reasons. They both do their killing for money and I seriously doubt the animals that they kill know or care which one pulled the trigger. 

Can you imagine a black native African living in a mud hut getting up early one morning and grabbing his weapon to go out and kill a rhino or elephant simply for the thrill of it? These natives and wild beasts  have co-existed for thousands and thousands of years with these "savages" with very view incidents. Then came the civilized white man with that crazy guy, Tarzan. 


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