Update #3 ·

Holding Rhinos for Ransom

This week Ben Carter, President on the Dallas Safari Club - the organization the auctioned off the right to hunt an endangered black rhino - spoke about the possibility that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) might deny the auction winner the permit to import the rhino's parts to the United States. 

In the release (you can read it HERE) there are two major things that Mr. Carter himself brings to light:

1. The auction was about trophy hunting, not protecting rhinos:    

Mr. Carter threatens that the $350,000 may not be donated to rhino conservation the FWS denies the hunter the  permits to import his trophy hunt. For the last 5 months the DSC has said that the auction - not the importation permit - would raise money ($350,000) for the Namibian government to protect and conserve the black rhino.   

That's brings us to #2.   

2. Dallas Safari Club thought they had FWS in their pocket, but they don't: 

Carter states that ""the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service promised to cooperate with a qualified applicant". However, now Carter follows up with a big "if". "If the application is rejected, the antis will trumpet victory, but the reality would be a setback for black rhino conservation."   

What this all means is that our pressure in working and the Dallas Safari Club is willing to now hold $350,000 ransom for a permit to import illegal endangered species product.  

We knew this all along; this is not about saving rhinos, it's about hanging one on a hunters wall.

Campaign closed

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…

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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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