Texas hunters are holding a rhino permit auction. The highest bidder in said auction will win a permit to hunt (and kill) black rhino. On Oct. 28, ABC News reported that The Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off the "prize" which will be a permit from the government of the Republic of Namibia. Since the black rhino is an endangered species, this doesn't make a-whole-lot of sense but organizers insist that this "hunt" is for a good cause and will actually help these animals.
"First and foremost, this is about saving the black rhino. There is a biological reason for this hunt, and it's based on a fundamental premise of modern wildlife management: populations matter; individuals don't. By removing counterproductive individuals from a herd, rhino populations can actually grow," said Ben Carter, the executive director of the Dallas Safari Club.
The Texas hunters vying for the Rhino permit in this auction know that 100% of the money raised will go directly to the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia's Black Rhino. That amount could range from $250,000 to $1 million. While that's a great donation to such a cause, many conservationists feel that there isn't much logic to killing a rhino to help the species. If the money could be donated without the hunt, it would be a far better option.
"I think if they were multimillionaires and they were serious about helping rhinos, they could give money to help rhinos and not shoot one along the way. The first rule of protecting a rare species is to limit the human [related] killing," explained president of the Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle.
The Texas hunters will win the Rhino permit in the auction which is scheduled for Jan. 2014.
© Effie Orfanides 2013