Jan 7, 2014, 1:00 AM EDT
With the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) kicking off the convention season on Thursday, I prepare to meet clients to discuss hunting adventures around the world. DSC has similar goals with the primary focus being to raise awareness and funds to preserve our great wildlife around the world.
With this in mind, DSC is about to offer a one-of-a-kind auction item that has people around the world infuriated or excited. The Government of the Republic of Namibian has selected DSC to auction a special hunting permit for Black Rhino with all proceeds going towards rhino conservation -DSC expects the permit to sell for anywhere from $250,000 to $1 million US Dollars!
What shouldn’t surprise you is that even though the black rhinoceros is listed CITES Appendix I, was listed under the Endangered Species Act by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1980, and labeled critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, is that all three entities (CITES, US Fish and Wildlife Service, IUCN) support limited hunting! To take it a step further, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of limited, managed hunting of black rhinos in Namibia stating “WWF believes that sport hunting of Namibia’s black rhino population will strongly contribute to the enhancement of the survival of the species,” in citing the generation of income for conservation and the removal of post-breeding males.
Black rhino commonly fight to the death with approximately 50 percent of males and 30 percent of females dying from injuries sustained from such battles. Selectively harvesting the Black Rhino can lead to population increases and ultimately a greater survival.
We can either allow the Black Rhino to die of natural causes or we can potentially raise up to 1 million dollars to protect this very special animal. You decide; shall he die a natural death from an arch-rival? Or a quick death from a hunter who paid upwards of 1 million dollars to protect future generations of the Black Rhino?