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Permit to hunt black rhino in Namibia sells for $350,000

January 12, 2014

Please note that there are no petitions to sign or letters to send. This hunt will go on. The only thing you can do to protest this atrocity is to go vegan: be a friend to all animals and refuse to use them in any manner. If everyone were vegan, hunting would be a relic.

Source Dallas News

A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino has sold for $350,000 at a closely watched auction that’s been criticized by wildlife and animal rights groups.

The Dallas Safari Club and the African nation of Namibia auctioned the permit Saturday to raise money for efforts to protect the black rhino.

Safari Club spokesman Steve Wagner confirmed the sale of the permit at the closed-door event. He declined to name the buyer.

The auction has drawn howls from critics, including wildlife and animal rights groups, and the FBI last week said it was investigating death threats against members of the club.

Ben Carter, executive director of the Safari Club, defended the auction. He said all money raised will go toward rhino conservation efforts. He also said the rhino that the winner will 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.

Carter added that wildlife experts say culling a herd is an acceptable habitat management practice.

“In most cases, this animal is detrimental,” Carter said. “He’s past his prime.”

But critics have questioned that logic. 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.

An estimated 4,000 black rhinos remain in the wild, down from 70,000 in the 1960s. Nearly 1,800 are in Namibia, according to the safari club.

Critics have also said any hunting of a rhino sends a bad message to the public.

“This auction is telling the world that an American will pay anything to kill their species,” Jeffrey Flocken, North American regional director of the Massachusetts-based IFAW, said earlier this week. “This is, in fact, making a spectacle of killing an endangered species.”

The auction took place Saturday night in downtown Dallas under tight security and behind closed doors. Organizers got their wish to at least break the previous high bid for one of the permits in Namibia, which is $223,000. The nation offers five permits a year, and the one auctioned Saturday was the first to be made available for purchase outside of Namibia.

The winning bidder could have come from anywhere in the world, and at least some bidders were expected to enter by phone.

About 40 protesters gathered early Saturday evening outside the convention center where the auction and a pre-auction dinner took place. They held signs and chanted. Most dispersed by just after 6 p.m.

Jim and Lauren Ries traveled with their children from Atlanta to protest the auction of the rare black rhino hunting permit in Dallas. Jim Ries said it was his son Carter, 12, and daughter Olivia, 11, who pushed for them to go and participate.

“We heard what the Dallas Safari Club was doing, and we thought it was just wrong that they were auctioning off to kill a black rhino, and we really got upset that they were thinking this,” Carter Ries said.

Jim Ries said his children are passionate about animal conservation and were working to help adopt cheetahs in Africa. The family started a nonprofit called One More Generation, dedicated to saving endangered species.

“There’s less than 5,000 black rhinos left on the planet,” the father said, “and if our kids ever want to see a rhino left in the wild, we can’t be pulling the trigger on every one we say is too old to breed.”

Safari Club director Carter said he and club members were deluged in the days before the auction by angry messages, including the death threats.

“It appears to be an orchestrated series from people who are strongly anti-hunting,” Carter said.

Poachers long have targeted all species of rhino, primarily for its horn, which is valuable on the international black market. Made of the protein keratin, the chief component in fingernails and hooves, the horn has been used in carvings and for medicinal purposes, mostly in Asia. The near-extinction of the species also has been attributed to habitat loss.

Nomaan Merchant and Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press

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what in the world can money buy?
can it take away our tears,
when we cry.
can it save a life instead
of wasting one away.
can it give our animals
far more than one day.
350,000 reasons
lie in a heap.
our species is one
in trouble, deep.
can that money buy
the hunter back his soul.
before his gun takes
its terrible toll

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam Hughes permalink
    January 12, 2014 1:02 pm

    Thanks for all you are doing for animals,I’m sure they appreciate all you are doing for them 🙂


  2. January 12, 2014 1:14 pm

    How convenient it was “becoming aggressive” in time for this terrible auction where they think it is alright to bid for the right to take a life. Don’t they know wild animals do get aggressive from time to time. Why couldn’t they just let it live out its life naturally instead of wasting time fabricating these invalid reasons to cover up their lust for blood sports? This is an absolute disgrace!


    • January 12, 2014 1:59 pm

      Very well said, thanks, I completely agree. The excuses they use do not hold water, they’re just wishy washy words, meaningless and trying. They are all evil bastards.


    • Emy Will permalink
      January 13, 2014 5:12 am

      So true, Amelia and Stacey. This whole venture is unethical from beginning to end >:O Makes me mad.


  3. LINDA BADHAM permalink
    January 12, 2014 1:30 pm



    • January 12, 2014 2:00 pm

      Perfectly said, Linda, I agree. Something has to give, and soon.


  4. Jim Wood permalink
    January 12, 2014 2:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Time for Action.


  5. January 12, 2014 2:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.


  6. January 12, 2014 4:30 pm

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".


  7. ravenskeeper permalink
    January 12, 2014 7:23 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    This is utter and complete insanity. Horrific, and renders me nearly speechless How can any one in their right mind want to do this. These people are pure evil and enemies of this planet and nature. Peace Ravenskeeper.


  8. January 13, 2014 9:09 am

    Refuse to click like on this. They are all monsters!!


    • January 13, 2014 9:48 am

      I completely understand and agree! I find it difficult to click “like” on such horrid stories, too.


  9. January 13, 2014 12:45 pm

    As a species, humans are so conflicted and ignorant in our actions. Seems like someone with a small penis thinks they can buy a bigger one to swing around for $350K… sick of the “green washing” everywhere too! Protection and conservative consumption with morals, ethics, and craft is the way. Thought, compromise, and Life Cycle Analysis of the end product should be weighed in making a purchase/ creating a demand. Why is there a market for endangered Rhinos, other than to view them alive in their natural habitat?! Will this mentality ever evolve and GO AWAY? Sick in the head!


  10. lunacoyote87 permalink
    January 13, 2014 7:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Rocking the Suburbs and commented:
    The hunt will go one, but keep sharing and reblogging this to keep activists worldwide aware!


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