Born Free USA statement on auction to kill black rhino

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Born Free USA released a statement this afternoon concerning the auction for a permit to kill an endangered black rhino.

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Wildlife conservation leader is saddened by Namibia’s decision and calls for action to oppose any permit application to bring the “trophy” to the U.S.

Washington D.C., January 17, 2014 — Today, Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, a national leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, released this statement regarding the killing of a black rhino auction in Texas:

“Born Free USA is saddened by Namibia’s misguided and short-sighted decision to allow this black rhino hunt to take place.  More importantly we will be mobilizing our grassroots supporters nationwide to oppose any permit application to bring the ‘trophy’ back into America.”

He continued, “With fewer than 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild it is truly shocking that any hunter would consider it sporting to slaughter one. That’s not real conservation. Real conservation involves wildlife law enforcement, securing protected areas, and stopping illicit trade.  Funds to underwrite these vital, life-saving activities could be provided without carnage.”

“More than 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone in 2013 — the highest number in one year on record. The global conservation community and governments everywhere must speak with a unified voice to declare that any killing of any rhino is incompatible with conservation, and for a species as imperiled as the rhino, every animal’s life is significant,” Roberts said.

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Pack Line Headlines: New Zealand hens freed, shark conservation and Bird Day

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Hundreds of elephant tusks burned to protest illegal ivory trade

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Born Free USA is reporting Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki recently set ablaze 335 elephant tusks. Lusaka Agreement Task Force and the Government of Kenya were making a point of protesting the illegal ivory trade is sending elephants closer to extinction.

Born Free notes a few decades ago, 1.3 million elephants roamed Africa. But about 600,000 were killed for their tusks in the 1970s and 80s. Even now, it is estimated that approximately 35,000 are being brutally killed each year – for nothing more than greed.