Rhino Permit to be Auctioned at Dallas Safari Club Convention

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Rhino Permit to be Auctioned at Dallas Safari Club Convention
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Dallas Safari Club

DALLAS, TX – -(Ammoland.com)- —Through an historic collaboration between governments, one hunter will have a chance to hunt a black rhino, help manage and conserve the species, and import a rare trophy to the US in 2014.

The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) has been selected by the Government of the Republic of Namibia to auction a special hunting permit with all proceeds earmarked for rhino conservation in that country.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has promised full cooperation with a qualified buyer.

DSC will sell the permit during its annual convention and expo Jan. 9-12 in Dallas.

An unprecedented sale price is expected.

“This fundraiser is the first of its kind for an endangered species,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter, “and it’s going to generate a sum of money large enough to be enormously meaningful in Namibia’s fight to ensure the future of its black rhino populations.”

The Government of the Republic of Namibia approved the permit in accordance with CITES provisions to generate crucial funding for rhino conservation initiatives including anti-poaching efforts—while at the same time managing the black rhino population within Mangetti National Park, where the hunt will take place.

Science has shown that removing certain individual animals can help rhino populations grow.

Black rhinos commonly fight to the death. In fact, the species has the highest combat mortality rates of any mammal. Approximately 50 percent of males and 30 percent of females die from combat-related injuries. Extremely aggressive bulls are known to be population-limiting factors in some areas. Selectively harvesting these animals can lead to population increases and greater survival.

Rampant and indiscriminate poaching is threatening rhino populations across Africa. Rhino horn has high black-market value, especially in Southeast Asia, for ornamental uses and folk remedies, although medical research has disproved actual benefits.

The Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino will receive 100 percent of the hunting permit sale price. Both DSC and contracted auctioneer Ed Phillips of Houston offered to forego their customary sales commissions to support the special cause.

Louisiana conservation attorney John J. Jackson, III, helped facilitate the auction item and proceeds will be channeled through his Conservation Force, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, for income tax deduction purposes.

The winning bidder may hire his or her qualified outfitter or guide to lead the hunt, which will be accompanied by Namibian wildlife officials.

About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at www.biggame.org.

  • 62 thoughts on “Rhino Permit to be Auctioned at Dallas Safari Club Convention

    1. Rhinos are on the brink of extinction because of criminal gangs like your “safari club”. You people are the worst cowards on earth, worse than murderers and child abusers. What nightmare hellhole did you spawn come out of, that you would destroy the future of the earth for your own sadism and bloodlust. This crime should be added to murder and terrorism as only punisheable by the gas chamber. The perpetrators fat coward slugs calling themselves “hunters” should never be allowed to walk free in a civilized society.

    2. Another legal plot to kill Rhinos. Very much like the Taliban that kills people in the name of religion.

    3. Due to the endangered nature of all Rhino’s could I please ask your group to not carry out this hunt. I know the joy of hunting as have done this when I grew up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, but please rather use your skills and resources to hunt the criminal gangs who poach these beautiful animals, killing them in a savage way…….you would still have the joy of the hunt and would be doing man kind a great service by preserving these great animals….please re consider your actions, and please don’t kill any of these highly endangered animals.

    4. Do you mean by “HUNT” & “TROPHY” you intend on KILLING one to bring back here to Dallas?You don’t help something by kILLING it!!!!!!!!!!we Dallasites don’t want your dead trophy!!!!!!!!!shame on you!!!!Mark Donners said it well! For a trophy you are no better than the poachers!!!!!!

    5. Dallas and Texas have so much to be embarrassed about already. Thanks a lot!!!! Disgusting. Find something else to do with your time that saves the world, killing a rhinoceros is not conservation!

    6. Your science is outdated and skewed. Did your biologist get an honorary degree from the kids day at the zoo. These animals are almost extinct. This is not conservation, this is some tiny men with big egos trying to satisfy the need to fill in control of somthing in their poor pathetic lives. To kill a majestic animal like this is atrocious, may the hunter’s soul be damned to hell, and may he experience an agonizing slow death. Of course Namibia and the FWS are willing to cooperate, they are being paid off!! They are greedy as hell! All your doing is amping up the drive to hunt threatened species. Sick Bastards!!!!!!

    7. Have to say shooting rhino is a contentious issue particularly when your organisation teems it with conservation. I fail to see why human greed feels the need to validate it’s shortcomings by connecting with legitimate conservation projects. The average citizen will never condone your actions and indeed ensures the fight to retain rhinos becomes almost impossible. Instead donate the money to a rhino project and ‘shoot’ photos of them instead.

    8. Conservation does not equal killing no matter how you cloak it. The decision to kill an animal for the pure bloodlust of it speaks to the animalistic nature of the person behind the weapon not the creature in front of it. You are a scrounge upon the Earth!

    9. seriously why do hunters like to say that killing an endangered species is management. Just to justify your want of killing a magnificent animal? This is sick. How can anyone enjoy killing a living being? What gives you the right? Whoever participates in this is sick, from the giving of the permits to those who support the “privilege” Shame on all of all, and you don’t fool us with your excuses and explanations.

    10. “Science has shown that removing certain individual animals can help rhino populations grow.”

      Safari Club and its members are misinformed. This auction of a rhino hunt is ludicrous.

      Please educate yourselves with the facts. Rhinos will not be “saved” though hunting: only through concerted efforts to reduce demand and expand population numbers will rhinos continue to exist in this century.

    11. I am speechless: You have to call this gimmick off.
      Rhinos Going Extinct At Rapid Rate: The Dirty Poaching War Against Africa’s Rhinos – Extinction Is Forever |http://sco.lt/7iCuDB

    12. What gives you the right to shoot these endangered animals, pity you don’t shoot yourselves by mistake and do the planet a favour

    13. Truly Orwellian. “We have to kill them to save them”! All the “proceeds” will end up in some corrupt government officials pocket and it will be business as usual. But what’s to be expected from a state like Texas?

    14. DISGUSTING!!!!!!! Our grandchildren may never get to see these beautiful creatures alive in their natural environment because of all the poaching and you now you are allowing this! I am absolutely disgusted and horrified, you are a bunch of pathetic human beings.

    15. I just read one page of comments from: October 11, 2013 at 8:20 PM October 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM
      Was just wondering how much money those 19 wonderful wildlife loving citizens have donated to preserving the Black Rhino in Namibia? No I have no interest in participation.

    16. Alone in South Africa this year, 748 Rhinos have been killed to date. It is an outrage that a permit is issued to help with ‘conservation’. How can it be called conservation when it is an endangered species? How can people not realise that extinction is forever, when it is gone it is gone! You with your Rhino horn against the wall, I wonder, will you be looking at it with pride oneday, knowing that you were one of these ‘persons’ who helped destroy a species, merely because you won a permit to go hunting with your big gun? Shame on you and shame on all the hunters out there who think its great to kill an animal just for the sake of sport! Don’t cover up cold blooded murder of a nearly extinct species by using the word ‘conservation’!!

    17. This is absolutely horrible. You’re killing an endangered species for sport, when they’ve already been decimated by poaching. Are you out of your minds? Do you think this will make people thing more highly of gun-toting lunatics that think up stuff like this? I hope these hunters get shot by poachers and have their heads mounted on a wall. That would be justice.

    18. Who thinks we have to do everything we can to save species from disappearing? Hillary Clinton, the British Foreign Secretary, the Presidents of Kenya, Botswana, Uganda and Burkina Faso, the UN Secretary General, Prince William, Virginia McKenna (my mother), Leonardo DiCaprio, Daphne Sheldrick…Just about everyone I have worked with over the last 30 years across much of Africa. Who thinks an elite shooting endangered and threatened species like rhino (over 700 poached this year), elephants (25,000 poached last year) or lions (down by more than 50% in 30 years and 600 killed annually as trophies) will save the species? Fight the madness! Join the team. Join Born Free USA. And say enough is ENOUGH! Thanks Will

    19. A “clever” way to gain a CITES permit to import the horn(s) from an endangered species = auction a safari killing with “proceeds” to conservation of the species. A “clever” way to justify this juxtaposition – science tells that killing certain individuals will help increase numbers. Not so clever: Continuing to glamorize the hunter who can track and kill a rhino with his/her gun. We all know that the “hunter” is lead to its victim by a skilled tracker, that the “hunter” just pulls a tiny trigger that happens to fire off a deadly bullet (probably from a hidden spot to “surprise” the rhino). Whoever brings this auctioned trophy home should be embarrassed. A more honorable action would be to choose not to pull the trigger – now THAT would be impressive! ALTERNATIVE: auction a safari to VIEW the Rhino and bring home some photos, win “the proceeds” to donate to Rhino conservation and a free trip in 10 years time to see the benefits of that investment.

    20. I accept that for successful wildlife management it is sometimes necessary to cull an animal. However, this should be done by a skilled game ranger, not by the winner of a raffle ticket. By all means, have a raffle, but give the winner a camera and a two week safari. Claiming that allowing this form of hunting aids conservation is pathetic. For every bloodlust crazed hunter there are a thousand tourists who would happily pay money just to see the animals. Promote this sort of tourism and you will collect far more money in the long term.

    21. 50% mortality rate means 50% of the fights ends up in death.. Ummm are you morons readin this??? So please ezplain how taking out an extremely aggressive rhino is going to hurt the population.. Every comment I see on this page is made by an ignortant person that knows nothing about management of animals.. Do you think they just cameup with this idea outta thin air?? I am sure alot of thought and research went in to this decision.. I stand by it .. Time stop thinking of your personal views and think of things on a whole

    22. So I just read a whole bunch of hysterical responses and made up statistics and hate for hunters, from people who apparently understand nothing of the process of permitted big game hunting in Africa. You should took some time to educate yourselves about the conservation of the black rhino and all the Dallas Safari club has done for them.

    23. Fact: Almost 100% of conservation funding comes from your so called “Evil Hunters” both in Africa and in the USA. Where is all your World Wildlife and HSUS money, oh that’s right they need that money to pay for more fundraising. You uneducated fools commenting here are the same ones who waste your money with those crooks.

    24. Let me ask all you people what you do for wildlife???? I know where my money goes too when I hunt. I might not be as educated as you all but I know in the state I live in elk were reintroduced in the 1940’s about 30 of them and now today through hunting and management we have over 25000! Do what’s your efforts done??????

    25. Are we reading the same PR here? This is an emotional issue for many, and those of you who use terms like “murder,” or disparage whole cities and leading conservation organizations probably will not let scientific & economic realities get in the way of your feelings. But for those who have taken a more reasoned approach, consider this:

      Rhinos, like cattle, corn, wheat, whitetail deer, or any other similar commodity have a percentage of its population that can be harvested without affecting the ongoing viability of that population. And if the harvest of an older rhino bull will not adversely affect the viability of the black rhino and in the process, generate between $500,000 to $1,000,000 exclusively for rhino conservation, it is hard to understand the criticism or dispute the net benefit to the species.

      Photo safaris for black rhino are a wonderful thing. I have done it myself many times. But you may be hard pressed to find someone who would be willing to pay $500,000 or more to photograph a rhinoceros. Likely a hunter will win the bid with at least that sum in Dallas in January, but perhaps not. It is an open auction. Maybe a non-hunting photographer will ultimately win the bid. Or better: a passionate advocate against hunting will put money in place of mouth and bid $1,000,000 or more to see that this hunt does not ultimately happen. What do you think those chances are?

      Because of the efforts of Dallas Safari Club and the bank account of a hunter, as much as one million dollars will be given to the Conservation Trust for Namibia’s Black Rhino to continue to fund the effective conservation work that is happening in that country. Despite some individual’s aversion to the source, it is a fact: real, tangible benefits will inure to the benefit of the black rhino in Namibia as a result of this auction and hunt.

      Many of you do not like hunters, which is your right, but your bias clouds the big picture. Someone is paying for conservation of the black rhino and the species is stronger because of it. Shouldn’t that be something we all can agree is a good thing?

    26. A million dollars? I hope that after the auction the amount paid is published. I would also like to see an audit that shows exactly where the money goes. It would be all to easy for it to end up in someone’s pocket. However, the morality of the situation is not dependent on the sum of money paid. There is an old topic of discussion which asks how much would you need to be paid for you to kill a homeless vagrant. Some people say that they would not do it for less than a million pounds. Others say they would not do it for any amount. Which camp are you in?

    27. Having read the comments from the “hunters” I must say that if only the “hunters” would actually communicate their “side of the story” better and earlier – the article does not mention most of the comments the “hunters’ have made here. These would have been useful comments to aid discussion in the first instance. If hunters want to be better understood and want people to appreciate the “wider” situation and acknowledge that they contribute so generously to conservation of rare and endangered species, please speak up with this information BEFORE promoting an auction like this! Surely the “hunters’ are clever enough to realise that this is the sort of response they would receive on such an article. Come on “hunters” convince us that there is no better alternative to this auction.

    28. Some years ago now I was a pretty keen hunter, not always successful but appreciated the skill and effort required to eat venison at home. I know that most hunters in New Zealand,like elsewhere on the planet,are advocates for conservation. What I dont understand is the mentality behind ending any animals life simply for the personal thrill of the kill, especially when that species is facing extinction as a direct effect of human greed. Shooting a rhino in a tightly controlled game reserve would be a somewhat ‘lame’ hunting experience anyway. As someone who understands what it means to hunt, I urge the DSC to reconsider this hunting permit auction. As you no doubt have a huge following, would it not be more appropriate to hold a raffle with a safari prize so everyone has a chance to visit Namibia for a trip of a lifetime?

    29. the problem I have is that it says it is ok to hunt rare species, to give a man (or woman) a gun and go and kill something rare and take a trophy, which just perpetuates the desire amongst other hunters to do the same and have the same trophy – legally or unfortunately most often, illegally. If you really want to hunt go hunt something that isn’t threatened, it makes you no less of a man (or woman) to do that. $1M never justifies killing something that is not a pest nor requires ‘culling’ due to over population – it is a simple rationalisation to hunt big game.

    30. You can’t be serious. You will be named, hounded, ridiculed and despised. There are compassionate, ethical and intelligent Texans who will stop this.

    31. My opinion is simply this – we do not own animals, we do not have a right to kill them I can not understand what pleasure a human can get out of killing an animal especially not for sport – the Rhino does not have a fair chance. Shooting an animal is not sport it is not fair it is not manly and it is not justified. We should enjoy the privilege of witnessing these magnificent creatures live not want to kill them – for what? I wish hunters would just all hunt one another and leave the animals out of it – at least then it would be fair, you have a choice they don’t. I feel sorry for anyone who wants to destroy something so beautiful you must be missing so much as a person.

    32. To Josh, who is afraid of ‘dangerous’ rhinos; Get a clue. I used to work with rhinos, and there are photos of wild rhinos allowing rangers to stand with and pet them. They are thinking, feeling beings, not mindless killing machines. They can become ‘dog tame’. They are social and interactive.

      Who is the clueless one here? Not those clamoring to stop this insane hunt.

      Oh, and even wildlife ‘management’ does not include reducing the genetic diversity and viability of critically endangered species still further or below the point of functional extinction.

      Hunters’ ‘circular logic’ is impressive in its baffling yet wobbly framework of deliberate and manipulative misinformation – But it’s still wrong.

    33. The biggest threat to rhinos is poaching. In the last few years over 50 poachers have been shot because of their illegal practice. What message does it convey to the poachers, and would be poachers, if it is now considered OK if a rich American is allowed to kill a rhino? Lead by example.

    34. As if there was not enough proof already, thanks to so many of you for affirming one of my points: most who oppose hunting are emotionally driven and adhere to their beliefs despite the scientific and economic realities of the situation. However, critics like Fiona seem to be more reasoned in opposition and open to ideas that might not jibe with her existing values, so for her and other critical thinkers who have the willingness to consider facts and rationale that may contradict a preconceived bias, please read on. But first, let’s dispel the noise.

      Opinions are fine, but placing one’s ethics upon another does not fly. Saying humans should not own or kill animals can only be taken as credible opinion from someone who is a strict vegetarian. For those who are, swing away. At least you are walking the walk. However, most people who say we should not kill animals often do so while wearing their leather shoes & belt, eating a burger at a football game. The vast majority of humans utilize animals, be it for clothing, sustenance, or medicine. Disparaging hunters for pulling the trigger while enabling ranchers, butchers, and pharmaceuticals to do the killing for you is either disingenuous or naïve: or both.; White rhinoceros can become rather docile when they become dependent on humans for food, as can elk and other wild game. Black rhinos do not fall into this category. Black rhinos are exponentially more aggressive than whites; it’s like comparing a toro bravo, the Spanish fighting bull to cousin Elmer’s milk cow. And also understand, that these rhino are not being kept in a pen for a hunter to shoot. On my last photo shoot with black rhino, we tracked a bull for 1 ½ days on an 82,000 acre parcel in Namibia before we were able to catch up with him. So please do not lecture about circumstances with which you have no experience.; And finally, black rhinos, especially the bulls, have a high mortality rate from intra-species confrontation. Old bulls are forcibly removed from the breeding duties by younger, stronger males as is often Nature’s way. These ousted bulls provide no additional benefit to the gene pool as they are no longer permitted to breed, thus the argument about “genetic diversity” is inapplicable. But none of this really matters.
      What does matter to the ongoing viability of the black rhino as a species is providing resources to allow the species to grow. The single largest limiting factor of the rhino as a species, be it white or black, is poaching, and the best way to control poaching is with active human intervention. Intervention can take many forms, from horn removal or micro-chipping, electronic surveillance, anti-poaching patrol, or even armed guards. But no matter the method employed, they all have one thing in common: they all have to be paid for.
      Money is the single most important factor in rhino extinction or survival. Asian demand for horn has created the financial incentive for men to poach, yet money, and large amounts of it, is what it will take to combat this evil enterprise. But to this point in the discussion, no one has suggested a practical or effective way to raise funds to benefit the rhino…except the Dallas Safari Club, which is ironic, as this organization is the object of most of our commentator’s scorn. DSC will raise significant funds for the benefit of the black rhino from the sale of one permit for a surplus animal; perhaps over $1,000,000. Go back to PETA, HSUS, and the other “animal defender” organizations many associate with and get them to match dollar-for-dollar what DSC is doing for rhino conservation and let me know how the disscussion goes. Like it or not, hunting pays the vast majority of expenditures for wildlife conservation, both in the US and around the world, (See Pittman-Robertson & Dingell-Johnson Acts) and it is no different here in Namibia in the case of the black rhinoceros.
      Though most here want to critize, Dallas Safari Club is actually doing something that will give the rhino species a better chance to survive. How many of you can say the same?

    35. Thank for the advice. I think there are millions of people that would contribute to an organization to out bid your club and save some lives. We are spreading the word.

    36. The outrage here is misplaced.

      The animal targeted will be a past-breeding male who has already contributed to the gene pool all he can/will, while the proceeds from this auction will provide anti-poaching protection for literally dozens of rhinos for a couple of years.

      Channel your outrage into contributions to conservation efforts if they aren’t just hot air.

    37. It would be nice if some people would realize this certain rhino is preventing the reproduction of the rhino. He is past his breeding age and also blocks “breeder” rhino bulls from reproducing due to his status within the herd. He not only blocks younger bulls from reproducing, but also injures them (at times fatally). Do we let him die naturally or have a large 6 figure amount contribute to the preservation of his species? He could be poached, of course, or an Asian could bid o the hunt but they get their horns much cheaper via poachers on the ground. Get some facts correct, please.


    39. The only Rino that will be killed is a bull, past breeding age that WILL die anyway. This bull rino instead of dying by starvation ( because his teeth will wear down and he won’t be able to eat )will insted be auctioned of and the proceeds of the auction will be used to pay for the protection of the remaining LIVE BREEDING Rinos in Namibia. If these animals have no monetary value they will become extinct! With the Chinese poaching them for traditional medicine purposes they are going fast.

      Hunters are paying for the preservation of many species.

      You non hunters? How are you preserving anything? Are you paying for anti poaching? Are you spending dollars to provide land for these animals to live on?

      Remember this is Africa we are talking about, to the average rural African animals are just protein on the hoof. Or something that destrot their crops. Hunters and hunting outfitters provide jobs for these rural Africans, a means to purchase food to feed their families. Hunters and hunting outfitters pat for anti poaching and water wells for these animals. They are a renewable resource, especially if they have value.

      Feelings aside……….if it pays someone will have incentive to make sure it stays.

      Kenya stopped trophy hunting in 1975, since then they have lost 85% of their animals because those animals had no value. No hunters paying for antipoaching and no one employing the rurals.

      South Africa on the other hand with a huge hunting industry has had an increase in animal population of over 400% since the early 1900’s.

      This is all verifiable if you care to check.

      Have a good day!

    40. This is not the first time that such a permit has been auctioned, and it wont be the last. In the past these permits have brought prices in the $175 – $250k range. This permit is expected to bring between $500k and $1m, every penny of which will go to the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino for rhino research and conservation. Yes, poaching is a major problem. Besides the government, who do you think funds anti-poaching efforts? Hunters and organizations like DSC – not armchair activists sitting at a computer. DSC donated $30k last year for the drilling of boreholes in a Zambian national park to provide potable water for camps that would allow anti-poaching patrols to be close enough to the rhinos they are charged to protect to be able to intervene and actually stem poaching. DSC has given tens of thousands of dollars in grants to buy radios, vehicles and equipment used in anti-poaching efforts.

      All qualified individuals will be welcome to bid. If you win and choose not to hunt, that’s your business. If you are a non-hunter who is not the successful bidder at the auction, the black rhino Trust will gladly accept your money as a donation.

      The original post isn’t an article, it’s a press release. If you want to learn more about the DSC, go to its website. You’ll see that DSC has given more than $2m over the last 2 years alone for conservation, education and hunter advocacy. Hunters put their money where there mouths are. See Steve Scott’s post above. How many of the negative posters out there have the ability to raise 6 or 7 figures for black rhinos? How many have donated a dime to date? what have you done to fund anti-poaching efforts in sub-Saharan Africa? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

      So, if you’re one of those on this thread who has condemned the auction and attacked the DSC, I have a challenge. Get off your arse, raise money for the black rhino Trust and anti -poaching efforts and let’s revisit and compare numbers a year from now. It wont be close.

    41. Steve has hit it RIGHT on the head, I know how a Black Rhino is put together when he hit 34 years he stops being able to breed, he does NOT believe that he has lost his mojo. So with a full head of steam of Testerone he will fight to the death any male within or close to a female that he is trying to settle. Now outfitters, land owners who deal with Black Rhino on a daily basis know that there are several differences between whites and blacks, one is the fact that a black rhino has its calf behind while it maneuvers through the brush and a white has it in front. This is PROVEN that a old male will kill the baby trying to get to the female. So the logical and most beneficial to a species is to take the old males and bring a economic benefit to the species. MONEY to hire a poacher patrols that can be actually paid to protect them. If that does not happen they WILL be gone and no amount of picture taking will save them. End of story. The USFW and DCS are right on with this offering and if it brings a million dollars FANTASTIC. By taking one old male you will have saved 10 to increase the population of the species.

    42. hunters are the most vile of the vile. no matter what you tell yourselves this is horrid. i really hope all who murder receive what they give. and yes its murder and who the hell is culling??? go cull yourself they are fine and you are no cloud person. i always hope you get what you give, in this case more then you give.

    43. Those that are opposed . Show me the money you have directly put into the hands of ANYONE breeding and helping the breeding of the Black Rhino ??? Not some group like The WWF that uses your money for MORE advertising than conservation.

      “Kenya stopped trophy hunting in 1975, since then they have lost 85% of their animals because those animals had no value. No hunters paying for antipoaching and no one employing the rurals.”

    44. Am I being stupid but how can a slaughter of one black rhino conserve a species ??? that just does not make sense. No again this is a senseless slaughter to line a pockets of a hunting associations. How many black Rhino are left ? Rhinos have no predators except man and look what we’ve done. What will these hunters do when there are none left. And you check, 90% of the court cases for Rhino poaching is the farmers, the rangers and vets at the top of the list for illegal activities. This is just a money making exercise and nothing to do with the Rhinos age, thats just an excuse to murder.

    45. Make all the excuses you want. Pretend you’re doing to help rhinos. We all know you’re vicious bloodthirsty thugs!

    46. This should NOT be allowed at all, black rhinos are on the brink of extinction and the plight of our rhinos and elephants worldwide is appalling. Please do not allow this to happen just because of this rhinos age – this is appalling 🙁

    47. Need a hug?I feel truly and deeply great pity for you individuals who need to shoot and kill under the pretense of ‘conservation’ and ‘sports’. Where has the American Dream come to? Is this what you teach your children? Is this how you boost your self-esteem? I am sad for you all. You must have been deeply traumatised in your childhood to feel good after such a kill. Did Daddy not give you enough attention? Was Mummy not loving you? Competition with siblings? Bullied at school as ‘sissy’? Resonates somewhere?! Ahhhh….
      And, dear so-called hunters – if you must use your guns, why not do something useful – shoot poachers, join rescue missions with the army/peace corpse, protect children and women from genocide!
      Let nature take its course; you are NOT God and have no right to decide when an old Rhino dies. And remember: You can be someone great without your gun. Don’t be afraid!:)

    48. I was born and grew up in the Serengeti – so yes, I fully understand the wildlife and the need for conservation. I also have a good understanding of culling certain animals without harming the masses. I understand that ‘bushmeat’ is also going to happen for the locals. I grew up in an era that relied on hunting for our meat source. Not a single thing was wasted on these hunts. Animals selected were not females or large ‘trophy’ males (their meat was probably tougher than nails). I, unlike some here, know that there is a natural order of survival within the animal kingdom. When humans get into the mix, they disregard that order and in some instances completely rid an area of a species. A small example is the killing/poaching/hunting (all the same thing) a male lion for the thrill of it. The females in the area will probably lose all their cubs to the next male coming into the area. The natural order was disrupted by you – the human. Killing/hunting/poaching a female Cheetah will probably mean that you have eradicated her family who rely on her for food. Rhino’s are no different. These animals are not around every corner – they are few and far between. Taking one out in the name of conservation is infantile but expected from the mentality of poachers/hunters who honestly believe that they are doing these animals a favour. Both groups do this for greed alone. If you truly cared – I mean really cared for the survival of any species, you would put up your money for APU’s to protect these endangered animals – NOT add to their demise. Try it – you may find you get way more satisfaction.

    49. I’m all for it. I’ll even pay for the permit. I’ll pay for the baseball bat. (no guns allowed) Lets tie the hunter and the rhino together with a short rope just to make it interesting. Any takers?

    50. If you are going to donate to the cancer wing on a hospital, do you demand the right to “hunt” a couple of patients in exchange for your “donation?”

    51. You people are SICK!! Rhinos are a world treasure and in danger of extinction because of A-holes like you people, poachers and idiots that think rhino horn is going to fix what ails them.
      Hunters are a sick bunch who get some warped form of “sport” or “fun” or “joy” from killing something! Shame on you all.

    52. All the hunters should die in a horrible ways. They are no good for anything. Disgusting, ugly, uneducated. Hunters should extinct.

    53. It has nothing to do with conservation to shoot an elderly animal. The natural system is taking care of this itself; if and when it is time for an old rhino to die it will do it naturally or it will fall prey to predators.
      Hunting an endangered species is sending out the wrong message to poachers and hunting for a trophy is simply sick!

    54. Those comments above have said it all. Shame! Shame! SHAME ON THESE HUNTERS! The very act of paying for the thrill of killing is a reflection on a hunter’s wicked blood-lusting soul. You are NOT welcome in Africa. You do NOT kill to provide meat for communities. That’s just a stupid excuse for the violence you bring to this continent. That is NOT your motive and you know it! I hope you have a hunting accident and end up dead before the animal does!

    55. There is something wrong with the argument that non-hunters do not bring the big amounts to the table. We do not have to just because many of us can shoot the same animal with our cameras. The animal will not be harmed and will live another day for more tourists coming to see it in its habitat.
      Sustainable tourism is what brings money to countries in the sub-saharan parts of Africa that are cited here ever so often. The circle of life is gruesome enough in an intact eco-system. There is absolutely no need to come in and kill some more. Tourism brings more money than the little million hunters are trying to impress people with. To have tourism you must have something to show your visitors. Don’t kill the rhino.
      And to all those “well, how much did you donate?”-guys: been there, done that – have not ask for a photo or t-shirt to prove it.

    56. Mankind has lost themselves!!I don’t have a problem with hunting but not endangered species …. Is there not enough entertainment out there for u other then killing endangered animals, its sick and disgusting trophy hunting … Seriously there is nothing to be proud of ..well done u are destroying the world one animal that could have reproduced at a time. They deserve to be on this earth more then what u killers do !!… I have a idea I would like to trophy hunt as well I would like the guys that kill endangered animals to be released in to the bush so I can hunt them stuff your heads ….just so that I can brag and say I did it! There are loads of prisoners in jail that rape and murder why not shoot and kill them they deserve it. not a animal that is innocent beautiful and is worth more alive then on some aholes wall ! Ps there are much better ways to raise money don’t justify your killings by money that’s pathetic.

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