Permit To Hunt And Kill One Black Rhino Sold For $350,000

By January 13, 2014NPR News

The Dallas Safari Club’s controversial auction of a permit to hunt one black rhino in Namibia raised $350,000 over the weekend, the club confirms on its Facebook page.

That’s at the lower end of the range that club executive Ben Carter had expected. In December, he told NPR that he hoped the auction would raise $225,000 to $1 million.

As Weekend Edition Sunday reported, the club says that 100 percent of the money it has raised will go to protecting the endangered animals. There are only an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 black rhinos living in the wild. Namibian authorities issue five kill permits per year. “The one auctioned Saturday was the first to be made available for purchase outside of Namibia,” says The Dallas Morning News.

Killing one older male rhino who’s no longer able to breed, the club says, will benefit the rest of the herd. That’s because older males often remain territorial and sometimes kill younger male rhinos.

Others disagree. “Several dozen people protested the weekend auction at the Safari Club’s annual convention in downtown Dallas, which ended Sunday,” the Morning News writes. “The Humane Society and the International Fund for Animal Welfare were among the groups that spoke out against the hunt.”

Bob Barker, the longtime game show host who’s become a leading voice for animal rights, wrote a letter released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in which he says:

“As an older male myself, I must say that this seems like a rather harsh way of dealing with senior citizens. … Surely, it is presumptuous to assume that this rhino’s life is no longer of any value. … True conservationists are those who pay money to keep rhinos alive—in the form of highly lucrative eco-tourism—as opposed to those who pay money for the cheap thrill of taking this magnificent animal’s life and putting his head on a wall.”

The criticism of the auction may have been one reason the winning bid was at the lower end of expectations. According to the Morning News:

“Hanns-Louis Lamprecht of Hungers Namibia Safaris was among the vendors and exhibitors at the convention. The Namibian man said he saw an auction attendee decline to bid when his daughter called telling him not to because of all the negative publicity.

” ‘It annoys me to tears,’ Lamprecht said Sunday. ‘I was so angry last night. A million dollars would have lasted years, years in the conservation efforts. … The fact is it could have been more — it could have been a lot more.’ ”

The club did not identify the permit’s buyer.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit
Read original article – Published January 13, 2014 8:45 AM
Permit To Hunt And Kill One Black Rhino Sold For $350,000

Recent headlines

  • An Alaska Airlines plane at Juneau International Airport.

    Alaska Airlines pilots plan picket over lack of compensation

    Alaska Airlines pilots have reached a breaking point in negotiations with the company, and now have plans to picket outside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The pilots plan to picket starting at 1 p.m. Monday outside the airport in Anchorage.
  • Obadiah Jenkins tries to help Daniel Hartung pull himself from Six-Mile Creek in Hope. (Photo courtesy James Bennett)

    Homer resident saves kayaker’s life on Six-Mile Creek

    Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, Daniel Hartung, 64, of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log.
  • Vigor Alaska Shipyard Development director Doug Ward talks with Marine Transportation advisory board member Greg Wakefield inside the not-quite-finished Alaska Class ferry Tazlina. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

    Alaska class ferry Tazlina on track at Ketchikan shipyard

    The Tazlina is the first of two new Alaska Class ferries that the Ketchikan Vigor Alaska shipyard is building for the state. Its two halves are complete and welded together, and shipyard workers are busy getting interior spaces done.
  • The Matanuska sits in drydock for maintenance.

    Fall-winter-spring ferry bookings begin

    The Alaska Marine Highway is taking reservations for October through April sailings. The schedule changed so the Matanuska can get new engines.