The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) auctioned off the chance to kill one of the world's last black rhinos. They're trying to put a positive spin on trophy hunting by donating the winning bid of $350,000 to conservation efforts for this rare species, according to Jeffrey Flocken of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
“I told the ‘Today’ show that this is the wrong way to save the species," says Flocken.
To bring this gruesome trophy home, the hunter needs to get an import permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
There are fewer than 5,000 black rhinos in the world and fewer than 1,800 of them in Namibia. If black rhinos are to have a future, we have to think of each and every one as priceless - and not something whose life can be bought and sold at a Texas auction.
Sadly, it's the black rhinos' very rarity that makes them highly desirable to trophy hunters, and rhinos already face enough pressure from habitat loss and poaching.
TAKE ACTION: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that killing in the name of conservation is unacceptable and that hunters should not be allowed to kill black rhinos and bring them back to the U.S.
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