Stop Ironic Killing of Critically Endangered Rhino


Target: Dallas Safari Club executive director Ben Carter

Goal: Cancel opportunity to kill a black rhino in the name of conservation

Recently, the Dallas Safari Club in Texas has announced that it will be auctioning off the opportunity to hunt and kill a black rhino, one of the world’s most endangered animals. The permit, issued by the Namibian government, will be sold to the highest bidder with the proceeds going to efforts to preserve the very same species being killed.

The black rhinoceros, many subspecies of which are extinct, is considered critically endangered, mostly due to poachers and the illegal rhino horn trade. The horns are used as decoration or in Asian medicine, said to revive comatose patients, cure cancer, and increase fertility in humans. Currently, there are an estimated 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild, with about 1,800 living in the southern African country of Namibia. In 2011, at least five hundred black rhinos were killed in the southern region alone.

The black rhino is coveted by trophy hunters, considered one of the most difficult trophies to obtain. Hunters from Russia, Japan, Spain, Eastern Europe, and, most frequently, America, will pay exorbitant sums of money for a chance at killing one of the creatures. The Dallas Safari Club is taking advantage of this by auctioning a permit to kill one rhino in the hopes of saving many.

With such a small population count, even a single death can have an effect on population recovery, especially if the rhino is capable of breeding. Killing an animal in the name of saving others is contradictory and backward, and sends the wrong message to the public about conservation. Your signature will demand that the Dallas Safari Club cancel their permit to kill a rhino, and trade off for a humane photo safari option.


Dear Dallas Safari Club executive director Ben Carter,

Recently, it has been announced that a permit will be auctioned to hunt and kill a black rhino in Namibia, with the proceeds of the auction going to conservation efforts for the same creature. Currently, there are about 5,000 of the rhinos left in the wild, with around 500 dying per year at the hands of poachers.

The black rhino is critically endangered and even one death can effect the recovery of a population, especially if the rhino in question is of breeding age. I demand that this contradictory auction be cancelled as killing the creatures is detrimental to the cause that it promotes. A photo safari would leave the animals alive and undisturbed while also providing the donor a keepsake.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Brocken Inaglory via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Jane Davidson says:

    A short circuit in this club.

  2. these idiots will not be happy when all our wild life is extinct, they will probably start on domestic animals

  3. Christine Stewart says:

    Rich a**holes in Asia just want the rhino horn- but THESE rich Safari Hunter a**holes want to actually SLAUGHTER the rhino itself!

  4. Sandra Amici says:

    Every rhino is needed to reproduce and there is no excuse for anyone to be allowed to kill a rhino or any other animal! Instead, offer a reward for anyone to kill a hunter and use the proceeds for animal conservation! We don’t need any more people on the planet but we need every single animal to be protected because animals are important to our planet. People just destroy everything on the planet.

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