If I put aside my feelings about auctioning off the rights to deliberately kill an animal, not for protection, not for food, but simply for the sake of bagging a trophy, I'm still left with wondering about participating in the decimation of a species. Surely, auctioning off a trip to Africa to actually observe the animals in their natural habitat should provide quite a thrill. I've done it and found that there is no other place like Africa and no other place that you can observe the beauty of these large creatures as they move freely about.
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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…
Yamaha is a major sponsor at the event in which the rights to hunt and kill an endangered Black Rhino are being auctioned off. Yamaha should pull their sponsorship until that auction item is removed and there is a commitment to fully protect black Rhinos by never using the permit.
Estimates put the global Black Rhino population at about 5,000. Namibia has a black rhino population of 1,795. This species population has decreased 90% since the 1960s and if we don't actively work to save everyone their time is running out. That is why it is totally irresponsible for this group to auction off a permit to shoot and kill an endangered Black Rhino. Also, this past March the…
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