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The Dallas Safari Club recently auctioned off the right to hunt down an Endangered Black Rhino for $350,000. While the government of Namibia has granted this permit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) must grant an additional import permit in order for the hunter to bring home his "trophy".
In 2013 nearly 1000 rhinos have been poached in neighboring South Africa, while half of all Rhinos poached in Namibia in the last eight years happened in 2013. These rhinos survive by simply living, not by sanctioned hunts sold to the highest bidder.
The Dallas Safari Club claims that the reason to auction a permit to hunt and kill an endangered Black Rhino is to raise money for its conservation. $350,000 is without a doubt a substantial amount and will presumably benefit the continued conservation of the Black Rhino. However, the importing of the Black Rhino's head, and other body parts, in no way furthers the conservation of this species. In fact, allowing the importation doesn't simply allow a hunter to have an endangered trophy, it jeopardizes the strength of one of our country's crowning conservation achievements; the Endangered Species Act. Please sign the petition to the USFWS to reject the import permit for the Black Rhino hunt.