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Guy Who Won Right to Kill Endangered Black Rhino Fears For His Life

We auctioned off the right to kill one of your endangered animals to give you money to stop people from killing your endangered animals for money. Seems legit.

Via RawStory:

The winning bidder in a $350,000 auction for the right to kill an endangered black rhinoceros now says that death threats from the public have left him in fear for his life.

Corey Knowlton, a “hunting consultant” and co-host of the Outdoor Channel’s Jim Shockey’s The Professionals, was outed through social media as the winner of the Dallas Safari Club’s auction. The hunting club has said that all of the money would be given to Namibia for “anti-poaching patrols, habitat protection, research and other measures crucial for protecting populations of endangered black rhinos,” but nonetheless sparked the ire of some wildlife groups … and the denizens of the Internet.

Knowlton told Dallas’ ABC affiliate WFAA that he stepped up to bid at the club’s request after other high-dollar bidders backed away in the face of the controversy.

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Safari Club Will Auction Off Chance to Kill Black Rhino to ‘Save’ Rest

predatorThe Dallas Safari Club is planning to raise money to save the near-extinct black rhino by auctioning off an opportunity to kill one. There are only about 5,000 of the animals left alive. Is the species beyond saving at this point?

Via Christian Science Monitor:

The black rhino is on the edge of extinction, dropping from several hundred thousands to currently only about 5 thousand within a centuries time. Habitat has played a part in the process, but it has mainly been due to poachers.

The hunting club in Texas announced earlier this month that it will be auctioning off a permit to kill one rare black rhino in Namibia, in cooperation with the country’s government. The move is expected to rake in from $250,000 to $1 million for the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino.

The move has sparked a strong backlash from wildlife critics, even landing a short segment on The Colbert Report.

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China’s Economic Boom Fueling Poaching In Africa

ElephantGreg Neale and James Burton writes in the Guardian:

Elephant poaching in Africa and Asia is being fuelled by China’s economic boom, according to a study of the ivory trade.

Authors of the new report found that the number of ivory items on sale in key centres in southern China has more than doubled since 2004, with most traded illegally. The survey comes amid reports of a dramatic rise in rhino poaching across Africa, and a spate of thefts of rhino horns from European museums and auction houses.

Based on the results of their survey, the ivory researchers are calling for China to tighten its enforcement of ivory trading regulations, saying that such a move is vital to reduce the number of elephants that are killed illegally. The report is published on the eve of a meeting in Geneva of the Cites organisation, which is responsible for controlling trade in endangered wildlife species.

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