Permit to hunt endangered rhino sells for $350,000 despite protests

A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino sold for $350,000 on Saturday evening at a Dallas auction held to raise money for conservation efforts but criticized by wildlife advocates.
Steve Wagner, a spokesman for the Dallas Safari Club, which sponsored the closed-door event, confirmed the sale of the permit for a hunt in the African nation of Namibia. He declined to name the buyer.
The Safari Club’s executive director, Ben Carter, has defended the auction, saying all money raised will go toward protecting the species. He also said the rhino that the winner will be allowed to hunt is old, male and non-breeding – and that the animal was likely to be targeted for removal anyway because it was becoming aggressive and threatening other wildlife.

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Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP

Permit to hunt endangered rhino sells for $350,000 despite protests

permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino sold for $350,000 on Saturday evening at a Dallas auction held to raise money for conservation efforts but criticized by wildlife advocates.

Steve Wagner, a spokesman for the Dallas Safari Club, which sponsored the closed-door event, confirmed the sale of the permit for a hunt in the African nation of Namibia. He declined to name the buyer.

The Safari Club’s executive director, Ben Carter, has defended the auction, saying all money raised will go toward protecting the species. He also said the rhino that the winner will be allowed to hunt is old, male and non-breeding – and that the animal was likely to be targeted for removal anyway because it was becoming aggressive and threatening other wildlife.

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Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP

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    It’s even more defensible because the species is critically endangered! Old non-breeding males still guard their females...
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    Hunting permits are a major source of funding for conservation, but it’s more defensible when the species being hunted...
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    At an event to benefit conservation??????? This is so fucked up
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    Wait, what?
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    Sounds about as asinine as fucking for chastity or going to war for peace.
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    Lets kill an animal to protect the animals, perfect logic
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