Target: Ben Carter, executive director of the Dallas Safari Club
Goal: Stop the Dallas Safari Club from killing an endangered black rhino
Black rhinos have been on the World Wildlife Fund’s list of threatened or endangered species for decades now, and presently only an estimated 5,055 black rhinos remain in the wild. Considering the recent rise in the black market ivory trade, rhinos and elephants have never been at greater risk, and conservation efforts must focus on preserving the last of these beautiful animals, not on hunting and killing one of them.
The Dallas Safari Club has made a deal with the Namibian government that would allow a hunter to track, hunt, and kill one rhino within their national park system. To be fair, they have agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds of the auction to the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino, but Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society, put it best when he said “I think if they were multimillionaires and they were serious about helping rhinos, they could give money to help rhinos and not shoot one along the way.”
The auction for this brutish chance to kill an endangered animal will take place in January at the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention. Help raise awareness by signing this petition and tell your friends to do the same. Biodiversity on this planet is slipping through our fingers: don’t let the black rhino fade into extinction without putting up a fight.
We the undersigned urge you to reconsider auctioning off a permit that would allow the winner to hunt and kill a black rhino in Namibia. It is noble of you to donate all the proceeds to an appropriate fund, and I appreciate your efforts in this regard. However, severely endangered animals should not be subjected to population control methods; if rhino conservation was really your organization’s goal, you would donate the money to the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino and have “counterproductive individuals” monitored or studied, not killed. Please do not allow the death of one of the last wild rhinos.
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Photo Credit: Matthew Field via Wikimedia Commons