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