Infamous Permit to Hunt One of the Last Black Rhinos in the World Auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

by , 01/13/14
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Well, we knew this was coming. In October 2013, Inhabitat reported on the Dallas Safari Club’s nefarious plan to auction off a rare permit to hunt and kill a black rhino in the African nation of Namibia. Despite sustained outcry from the conservation and environmental communities, the Club proceeded with it’s unsavory plan and last night, the hunting permit was sold for $350,000 at a closed-door auction in Dallas. Perhaps most shocking wasn’t the price, but the fact that Club members claim that the funds will be donated to rhino conservation efforts.

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It was only in June 2013 that the endangered black rhino was declared officially extinct, meaning that no individuals can be found surviving outside cultivation, captivity, or naturalized populations.

As Inhabitat’s Taz Loomans reported in the feature story, “6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction,” humans are almost entirely to blame for what happened to the black rhino, and they have a funny way of showing their concern now that the species is on its way out.  “Rhinos were considered vermin during Africa’s colonization, and were exterminated at all costs…Rhinos are one of the oldest groups of mammals and are virtually living fossils. They play an important role in habitats throughout countries like Namibia. They are also an important source of income from ecotourism.”

In its defense, the Dallas Safari Club claims that “the rhino that the winner would be allowed to hunt is old, male and nonbreeding — and that the animal was likely to be targeted for removal anyway because it was becoming aggressive and threatening other wildlife.”

While occasional and highly selective culling can be healthy in some animal populations, the black rhino isn’t one of them. “Officials from the Humane Society and the International Fund for Animal Welfare have said that while culling can be appropriate in abundant animal populations, all black rhinos should be protected, given their endangered status,” reports Fox News.

Rather than performing a benevolent deed, the issue and auction of this black rhino hunting permit is yet another example of human excess. It demonstrates that there is no amusement too grotesque for the world’s wealthy, and turns the final decline of the black rhino into a global spectacle.

About 40 protester gathered outside the venue where the Dallas Safari Club held its auction. So far the Club has not specified which lucky conservation group will be approached with the blood money.

via Fox News

Images via Cambridge Consultants and Matthew Field

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  1. Jean Klimczyk September 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Some people have way too much money. How long before we all realize that earth’s ecosystem is a delicate balance.

  2. Leslea Smith June 5, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I noticed a few FACTS have been glossed over. Consider that the animal is an OLD bull, that is NOT producing offspring. He’s actively been killing younger bulls & cows that COULD be. Rhinos shouldn’t be moved by tranquilizing them and moving them by truck as all too many times the stress from such a thing can KILL them. Being an old male, it’s VERY likely such a move would do so. It’s killed younger animals before. The animal is working AGAINST it’s species long term survival.

    That the folks managing these animals are getting a 350 000 dollar infusion of funds to help the healthy & productive members of the species that are left, is GOOD news.

    Don’t assume that because something is going to die, that it does so without damn good reason. NO ONE is killing a rhino that is safe around other rhinos OR able to be producing any offspring. Not by one hell of a stretch of the imagination!

    A very salient point not even mentioned in this article… NOT impressed. So much for impartial or even remotely complete journalism!

  3. Jelly Beans June 5, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    It makes my stomach churn. I am so ashamed to be Human when I read this. If the poor rhino didn\’t have a sad enough life with its lonely last days, it has to be hunted down! I hope one day these people stop & imagine what it\’s like to have your family & species hunted down until you are the last one left & then you\’re attacked by a mob of them fighting over who gets to kill you. I hate man\’kind\’ sometimes. I can\’t see ANY justification in killing this magnificent creature – the logic doesn\’t make sense. I hope someone\’s done what they can to clone these in the future in case we win that ethical debate.

  4. Lorin Partain January 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    The environmental movement push to ban private ownership in these animals is what is causing their extinction in the first place. Allow private ownership in this animals, and people will herd them and bring them back from the brink and for profitable purposes, that is useful purposes. That communism has become part and parcel of the environmental movement is today a given. If you really care about the future existence of these animals then embrace private property rights in the animals, and they will come back. Otherwise your real agenda shows through.

  5. RudyM January 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I myself am an avid hunter, three\’s a lot of things that I would shoot but an endangered species, COME ON! With there only being so many in the world, why kill any of them? So when other black rhinos start to get aggressive with more wildlife does that mean there\’s going to be another auction? give me a PHREAKING BREAK!AND if not me at least wild life on the EDANGERED SPECIES

  6. Melanie Shepherd January 14, 2014 at 1:30 am

    kill to conserve, is like f…king for virginity!

  7. enola gay January 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Unreal, on many levels and leaves you with a lot of questions. Why is an American group dealing out permits like this for Namibia? Just because it’s on Private land does that make this wild animal your livestock for culling? How is the money going to go towards preservation of other Rhino, what percentage? And finally, it’s not ok to hunt endangered animals but ok to shoot technically extinct ones, couldn’t it be used for breeding with those in captivity….surely there is another option here, Unreal.

  8. Anna Kania January 13, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Some fat texan oil jerk. Go figure.

  9. yolanda tamez January 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    This makes me sick why can\\\’t they raise money another way, then to kill the animal they are trying to protect…They should be ashamed to kill such a beautiful animal…That person that paid to kill this animal, they should just donate the money, if they have that kind of money to pay to kill one. Ironic I got the money to pay to kill you but not the money to help to keep them alive without having to kill one.

  10. Agness January 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I hope this “person” that bought the permit did that only no to let anyone else kill the poor rhino and protect it instead. That\\\’s the only reason why I would spend 350,000 if I could afford it.. :(

  11. Dunja Neumann January 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    It’s hard to stay “normal”in a crazy world we’re living in…
    a real tragedy!!!

  12. sunnydayna January 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I guess this rich ass should be required to eat the meat of this poor creature until it is gone. Then when he is old and can\\\’t reproduce he should be hunted and have his head hung over a mantel. Especially when he becomes antagonistic in his old age.

  13. Freedom4animals January 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    This has got to be illegal ~ how can it be stopped ????? Even if they are on private land ~ There was a petition ~ didn\’t that help???? THIS IS WRON ~ Th
    ere will be no more wild animals for the next generation !

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