Jeffrey Flocken / International Fund for Animal Welfare – 2014-01-18 01:19:34
ACTION ALERT: Say NO to the Hunting of Rare Black Rhinos
Jeffrey Flocken / International Fund for Animal Welfare
(January 17, 2014) — The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) auctioned off the chance to kill one of the world’s last black rhinos. They’re trying to put a positive spin on trophy hunting by donating the winning bid of $350,000 to conservation efforts for this rare species.
This is the wrong way to save the species.
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To bring this gruesome trophy home, the hunter needs to get an import permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. >a href=”http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/protect-black-rhinos-trophy-hunters”>Tell the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect rare rhinos by denying the permit.
There are fewer than 5,000 black rhinos in the world and fewer than 1,800 of them in Namibia. If black rhinos are to have a future, we have to think of each and every one as priceless – and not something whose life can be bought and sold at a Texas auction.
Sadly, it’s the black rhinos’ very rarity that makes them highly desirable to trophy hunters.
Tell the US Fish and Wildlife Service that killing in the name of conservation is unacceptable and that hunters should not be allowed to kill black rhinos and bring them back to the US
P.S.: Rhinos face enough pressure from habitat loss and poaching. Join me in saying NO to the trophy hunting of rhinos.
Jeffrey Flocken is the North American Regional Director for IFAW
Deny Import Permit for Black Rhino Hunt
I am writing to urge you not to issue the import permit that would allow the winner of the Dallas Safari Club auction to import a black rhinoceros trophy from Namibia. This would continue a terrible precedent for this and other critically endangered species whose future depends on keeping healthy populations in the wild.
Killing in the name of conservation is unacceptable. Instead, promoting the killing would undermine conservation efforts that are so desperately needed to save the dwindling numbers of black rhinoceroses.
With fewer than 5,000 remaining in the wild, the black rhinoceros is on the brink of extinction. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has an opportunity to set an example for the world by denying the import permit for a rare black rhino that would be needlessly killed for no reason other than to decorate a hunter’s trophy room.