PETA Sues to Block Rhino Conservation Funding

PETA Lawsuit is Killing Black Rhinos
PETA Lawsuit is Killing Black Rhinos
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DALLAS –-( Animal-rights group PETA is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop a management hunt that scientists say would benefit endangered rhino populations both biologically and financially.

Against a torrent of death threats, DSC auctioned the hunt in 2014 on behalf of the Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The auction generated a record $350,000. All proceeds were earmarked for rhino conservation in the African nation, and held in escrow pending U.S. approval of an import permit that would allow the hunter to bring home the taxidermy from his hunt. That permit was recently approved after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists confirmed the benefits to rhino populations.

Basically, the hunt would be used to remove an older, non-breeding, aggressive black rhino bull known to decrease productivity and increase mortality of its herd, while the $350,000 would fund law enforcement efforts to thwart indiscriminate rhino killing by poachers.

PETA’s lawsuit could postpone the hunt as well as the Rhino Conservation Funding for rhino protection.

“Next time you hear about poachers slaughtering rhinos in Namibia, thank PETA,” said Ben Carter, executive director of DSC.

He explained, “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviewed the biological and financial benefits of this hunt, and agreed the end results would be beneficial to rhino populations. Now it all could be stopped or delayed by a wrong-headed lawsuit. I hope rhino herds in Namibia can hang on a bit longer while we’re fiddling around in court,” he said.

“In news coverage of the suit, PETA even compares hunting to child trafficking, which is outrageous by itself,” added Carter.

During a public comment period opened as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s review of the import permit application, DSC sent a formal letter urging approval. The letter outlined the science and logic behind the planned management hunt.

However, Carter says, if PETA’s lawsuit is successful, Namibia can simply sell the hunt to a non-American, someone who isn’t affected by U.S. court decisions or laws. Namibia is allowed by international treaties to sell up to five rhino management hunts per year.

[Unfortunately] in the past, its self-sold permits have fetched far less than $350,000.

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Caryl Sawyer

I am the owner of firearms. In fact, I have trophies from competitions. But I do not want to live in the same neighborhood as the socially maladjusted person who is so intent on being important, at least in his/her own mind, that an animal has to be killed.

PETA aside, this was wrong. It’s people like you that make all gun owners look like crazies. I don’t appreciate it.


I guess the PETA people do not understand the benefits of culling in an animal population. Large older animal, especially males reduce populations on their own, as benefit to them. It decreases the chances another Alpha male will take over his domination. Alligators do it, as well as deer, moose, and elk. Politicians in some parts of the world do it as well. T

Robert Powell

forget about trying to reason with peta their head is so far up their asses they couldn’t hear thunder. common sense has never been in their line of thought.

Patrick Shannon

For those PETA folks.. What is next? Legalized plunder to extract tax money to fund conservation programs? What do you do when the conservation effort is targeted to a game population that is far to large? Let them starve to death? I applaud your outspoken, loud and obnoxious methods… to bad they are so completely misguided.


“remove an older, non-breeding, aggressive black rhino.” Come on read just read.


Some of your PETA people really need to get a concept of what wildlife management is. You would not allow controlled harvesting of older aggressive males that prevent younger male breeding and even kill young calves, because of your stupidity. You are causing more harm than good. What is your goal? To have a warm fuzzy feeling for the wrong reason, or increase the population of an endangered species?


Massacring animals to “save” them. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so twisted and perverse.


How do you justify killing a rhino just because you will give money to conserve other rhino’s? You killing a matured rhino already breeding and expect the population to still increase on same phase..No man, some people think with the asses instead of brain. Its sad to even hear of an organization that’s suppose to protect wild life agree to such.

Ken Roeder

The biggest threat to the black rhino is poachers. Take a look at just how much loot a kilo of ivory fetches on the black market then multiply that by six since the average rhino horn is around six kilos. Add to that the “medicinal” demand in Southeast Asia. Rhinos aren’t gonna stand a chance on their own against poaching without proper herd management from the Namibian government and the necessary manpower and equipment to thwart poachers before they can strike. Also the rhino culled isn’t “a matured rhino already breeding “. From the article… “Basically, the hunt would be… Read more »


excellent point Rosie Lou.

Rosie Lou

PETA is right. People who actually care about conservation donate to conservation organizations without demanding an endangered animal to kill in return.