Target: Jim Shockey’s The Professionals host Corey Knowlton
Goal: Ask television personality Corey Knowlton to abandon his plans to hunt a black rhino
Jim Shockey’s The Professionals host Corey Knowlton recently won an auction for the chance to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia, Africa. The $350,000 that Knowlton bid will go towards the cause of conservation. If Knowlton really wants to help the cause, he should donate the money without killing one of the few black rhinos that are left in this world.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are less than 5,000 black rhinos left in the world. Naturally, Knowlton has been met with criticism from animal activists and conservationists all over the world. Earlier this week, The Price is Right host Bob Barker penned an open letter on PETA’s website to The Dallas Safari Club, the organization who ran the auction, stating his objections to the cruel plan of killing a rhino. “I am writing to ask you to call off your planned auction of a chance to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia,” Barker states. “The rhino that your organization reportedly has in its crosshairs is an older “non-breeding” male who has apparently been deemed expendable. As an older male myself, I must say that this seems like a rather harsh way of dealing with senior citizens.” Barker went on to offer an autographed photo of himself as an alternative auction item that can be proudly displayed on the winner’s wall.
Corey Knowlton stopped by Piers Morgan on Jan. 16, 2014, in an attempt to justify his position. He said, “I’m from a group of people who care enough to put their money where there mouth is,” as if he should be praised for paying vasts sums of money for the opportunity to kill an endangered species. He also responded to Barker’s criticisms, saying, “If I want to learn about The Price is Right and I want to learn about Plinko, I’ll talk to Bob Barker. If I want to learn about conservation, I’m going to defer to the experts at the IUCN, I’m going to defer to the experts at CITES, okay.” Knowlton has received death threats towards himself and his family since his name was revealed as the winner of the auction. Rather than promoting violence, we must ask Corey Knowlton to reconsider his plans to kill a black rhino.
By signing the petition below, you will help urge Corey Knowlton to abandon his choice to kill an endangered animal under the guise of conservation.
Dear Corey Knowlton,
I was disappointed to learn of your plans to pay $350,000 for the opportunity to kill an endangered black rhino in Africa. While your money is going towards conservation, a true conservationist would not have any interest in killing a majestic animal.
Perhaps you were unaware that there are less than 5,000 black rhinos left in the world, making them a critically endangered species. I am asking you to please abandon your plans to kill one of these great creatures.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Vassil via Wikimedia Commons