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]

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