Stop Hunting Club From Killing Endangered Black Rhino

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.

PETITION LETTER:

Ben Carter,

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Matthew Field via Wikimedia Commons

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5 Comments

  1. Jill Mortimer says:

    Just unbelievable that this is a prize – Black or White – Rhinos are Rhinos!

  2. hypocrites!!! How about we auction the chance to hunt the idiots who came up with this BS idea.. Id bet they would make ALOT more money

  3. Cecily Colloby. says:

    Hear hear Gina C!!! Hunt the lunatics who came up with this idea! The world would be better off without them and and I’m sure plenty of people would love the chance to take a potshot at them!!I would for a start…..

  4. renee jeanine ragno says:

    There is no honor in this; it shows a person or persons of no honor, a complete lack of ethics and morals who are cowards. Its pathetic, twisted and sick. Sounds like the Dallas Safari Club has way too much time and money on their hands and need to find an honorable outlet for it. Let them hunt with cameras to see who can get the closest…that should give them all the thrill needed while making the donation to help save these endangered animals.

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