In a media release issued on January 9, 2014 Jeffrey Flocken International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) North American Director voiced his outrage at the auction by the Dallas Safari Club of a license to kill an endangered black Rhino on that day.
Flocken was quoted as saying, “This auction tells the world that some Americans will pay anything for the opportunity to kill one of the last of a species. It also sends a dangerous message that these iconic and disappearing animals are worth more as dead trophies to be mounted and hung on a wall in a Texas mansion, than living in the wild in Africa. This is not conservation, and it’s a sad joke that Dallas Safari Club is trying to call it that.”
It was thought that the auction of the license to kill a black rhino in the country of Namibia, Africa on Saturday would bring $250,000 to $1 million. The actual amount was $350,000, obviously on the low end of estimates. The Dallas Safari club claims, “The money will be used towards African conservation to manage the rhino population and help the Namibian government thwart poaching efforts."
The black rhino is an endangered species. It’s estimated the world population of black rhinos is only round 5,000, 1800 of which reside in Namibia.
On this week’s episode of Max A Pooch’s Awesome Animal Advocates on Pet Life Radio, readers can hear the interview of Flocken by this Chicago Animal Adocacy reporter about the auctioning of the license to kill a black rhino. During the interview Flocken further explains why he believes auctions for licenses to kill endangered species are wrong.
He also discusses some of the other valuable work the IFAW does and is doing in more than 40 countries. The work the IFAW does ranges from rescuing individual animals, working with organizations to prevent cruelty to animals and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats.
Max A Pooch’s Awesome Animal Advocates was created and is hosted by this Chicago Animal Advocacy reporter on Pet Life Radio. Each episode of Max A Pooch's Awesome Animal Advocates brings listeners thought provoking and inspirational information about the work being done by animal advocates who live next door and around the world. Max A Pooch is a remarkable dog who raises awareness about the environment and animals.