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The black rhino

November 8, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

There are fewer than 5,000 black rhinos left in the world and fewer than 2,000 of them in Namibia. These critically endangered animals are being gunned down by poachers and other criminals fueled by the illegal trade in their horns. Despite that, the Dallas Safari Club recently auctioned off a chance to kill one of the world’s last remaining black rhinos for $350,000.

Tell the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to deny the import permit for the black rhino hunt.

The Safari Club says that the money generated from the auction will go to conservation–and the winner has spoken about his desire to see these animals protected. But if they truly want to help conserve these species they can use that money to bolster protections for black rhinos, not to push them even closer to extinction. Sending yet another wealthy, gun-wielding foreigner into their habitat is in no way conservation.

Because black rhinos are protected under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S.-based trophy hunter is required to apply for a permit in order to bring the carcass back home. The FWS will then consider whether the killing of this black rhino “is taken as part of a well-managed conservation program that enhances the long-term survival of the species.”

Tell the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to deny the permit for import of the black rhino “trophy”.

Killing any rhino when so few remain would not only threaten the long-term survival of the species, it would undermine conservation efforts and set a disastrous precedent for this and other critically-endangered species. Killing in the name of conservation is unacceptable and the FWS needs to know you oppose it.

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