Thankfully, permit for US hunter to kill black rhino remains stalled

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The twisted claims that selling trophy hunts to kill rhinos will save rhinos are nothing more than excuses for individuals to gleefully show off their evidence that they’ve killed an endangered species.

The news about the auction held last January for the permit spread around the news and Internet sites. Hopefully, the negative blow back has helped to stall the permit from going through.

CNN’s update on the story notes the auction was sponsored by the Dallas Safari Club and that and the club and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism claimed the funds raised would be donated to “conservation and anti-poaching efforts.”

A permit to transport the body parts – as so-called “trophies” – back to the United States. But the article reports some great news. Over 15,000 comments, opposing the permit, were received by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, within the 30-day comment period.

There are only an estimated 5,000 black rhinos left on the planet. Killing them to save them makes little sense. I know the claim is that only older members of the herd are selected for this sort of auction. And I noted the claim that they are no longer of value to the herd.

But these claims apparently come from people who actually put little value on the lives on animals. These rhinos are living, feeling animals who experience emotion and have the capacity to suffer.

And of course, the primary question to ask is this: If the mission is to save the rhinos, why not just donate the funds and travel there to photograph a rhino, rather than kill them?

Jeffrey Flocken said it best in the article:

“They need to be protected, not sold to the highest bidder,” said Jeffrey Flocken of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

“It’s a farce to say that this is being done for conservation,” Flocken said. “It’s saying the rarity of this animal is worth more dead than alive.”

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Purchasing poaching products particularly putrid

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Those who are buying products made from elephant tusks or rhino horns or any other threatened or endangered species are the root cause of the horrors of poaching.

And now we know that terrorists are funding their operations in part through poaching. So anyone who purchases ivory now or rhino horn products or any poached items have become promoters of terrorists.

Let’s go ahead and tell it like it is. Too many people in countries like China and Vietnam are buying these products in full support of the terrorists. And clueless people in the United States are supporting the horrors too. A 2008 study showed the US is the No. 2 market for ivory.

Are some people here in the US – supposedly the most advanced of nations – really that uneducated? Stop – You don’t need to tell me. I know … I know. It’s true.

It is pure evil in every way. Poaching is driving animals to extinction and killing innocent people in staggering numbers. And it is driven by clueless people who either wrongly believe rhino horns have medicinal value or are so vain and stupid that they value a trinket over the lives of innocent people and animals.

It’s sick and it’s evil.

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Propaganda Alert: Killing to preserve endangered species?

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I am sick of reading quotes from trophy hunters who claim they are killing endangered species to save endangered species. And sometimes these people claim they’ve killed an endangered species to feed the starving people in the particular local region.

This is PROPAGANDA of the worst sort.

If anyone with the expendable income to travel to Africa or some other continent wants to help feed starving families, they can offer regular donations of food and water. That money will feed far more people than the gunned down animals would. And the money can go for fruits and vegetables as well.

The newest case in the media centers on Kendall Jones, a young woman who is clearly uninformed in matters of science, logic, endangered species and the suffering of animals.

She is quoted in a USA Today article as once writing, “Although I had many other opportunities to shoot animals I wanted to save it for the Big 5, so the first animal I ever shot was a White Rhino with a .416 Remington!!”

Rhinos are being wiped off the face of the Earth by poachers and trophy hunters. We may soon reach a point where children will grow up learning the species no longer exists. Killing rhinos and bragging about it is a horrible and inexcusable.

Some are claiming the proceeds from the sale of trophy-hunting packages goes to local villages and to conserve the very endangered species they are gunning down. This is off-the-charts idiotic.

If these people were truly concerned about saving endangered species, they would send the funds directly to the effort, as opposed to killing the animals for no other reason than to reach some sick goal of marking the animal off their kill list and staging a smiling photo op.

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IFAW praises New York bill to ban sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare submitted the following press release concerning a bill in New York to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn:

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IFAW Statement on New York Ivory Ban: We Love New York

Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2014) – Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding a bill passed last week by the New York state legislature which bans  the sale and purchase of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhino horn:

“A big victory for endangered elephants and rhinos, as New York enacts a landmark law to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn.

These bans are important tools for regulating, and, we hope, eventually ending the ivory and rhino horn trade. Every 15 minutes on average, an African elephant is slaughtered for its ivory tusks to support a mass consumer demand. Rhinos, which are also poached for their horns, are similarly threatened. The U.S. ranks as one of the largest ivory consumers in the world and New York serves as one its biggest entry points and markets.

Promising regulations are gathering momentum at the federal level. As one of the first states to pass such legislation, New York is carving a path for others to follow.

We love New York’s actions and congratulate and thank our coalition partners in encouraging the passage of these bills.”

To learn more about IFAW’s work to crush the ivory trade, please visit http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/elephants/ending-ivory-trade.

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Horrible, evil, sick people are killing elephants

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Among the planet’s most evil elements are those who are killing endangered elephants and rhinos for their horns and tusks. I will never understand what goes through the minds of people who can torture innocent people and animals – sometimes for nothing more than a motive for profit.

There most certainly is a special, incredibly hot corner of hell waiting these individuals.

The latest news is more than troubling, in that over 20,000 elephants were victims of poachers in 2013.

If the pace of killing continues, our kids could receive the news too soon that some evil humans have wiped two incredible species of animals off the face of the Earth.

The message splashed across the news headlines of late too often involves nasty levels of greed – be it from poaching to massive pay for CEOs, while hiring levels are not where they should be to more.

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Baby rhino suffering emotionally after mother killed by poachers

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A baby rhino rescued after evil poachers killed his mother, is suffering through some emotional problems.

The degenerates who are killing rhinos to support their evil profit motives are some of the worst of the Earth’s worst. They would gladly wipe a species of animal off the face of the Earth for profit.

Updates on Gertjie’s progress and story are available at this link.

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Smithsonian Video: Young Rhino recovering after being shot by poachers

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This video is from 2010, but I just received it in an email today. And it is very much worth sharing, as brutally evil poachers are trying to wipe rhinos off the face of the Earth – in the name of GREED.

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Absurd statements in CNN article about auction to kill black rhino

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I was stunned when I read an article tonight on the CNN website concerning the Dallas Safari Club auction, where the highest bidder “won” a permit to kill a black rhino in Africa.

The article states the high bidder actually participated to “save the species and raise awareness about wildlife conservation.” If this is the case, why doesn’t he simply write the check and stay home or travel to Africa and take photos of the rhinos.

But instead, Corey Knowlton is quoted as saying. “I want to experience a black rhino.” Again, go observe them, but don’t kill them.

And then the article took a troubling, completely unscientific turn, where the pro-killing side claims they know something about science. And here it is –

He said the threat to the rhino is from its own kind.

The claim is the older rhinos are not important to the herd and can actually harm the others or they others will harm the older rhino and this will do more harm to the species numbers. The only real threats to the rhinos are from hunters and poachers. Anyone who tries to claim otherwise must have failed science, horribly.

The actions within the herd would not be problematic and would merely be part of the natural behavioral patterns within the herd, if the species was not being hunted to extinction by uncaring humans. But the article goes on –

So Knowlton argues, why not let a hunter pay a massive amount of money to take out a threat to the rest of the species.

Completely absurd. That statement would ONLY make sense if he was talking about taking out the poachers. Otherwise, it’s as asinine a statement as anyone can make.

Thankfully, the Humane Society of the US will fight any effort to present Knowlton with a permit to transport the poor rhinos body back to the US to become a trophy.

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Here’s the thing about the Dallas Safari Club auction

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The Dallas Safari Club is thankfully catching a lot of heat for auctioning off a permit to kill an African Black Rhino. The wild claim is that the auction is planned to help the conservation effort for rhinos.

If the Dallas Safari Club really cared about the rhinos, the club would hold an auction, call off the hunt and donate the money raised.

But in reality, it’s all about killing a rhino. The award here is for the winner to be able to go to parties and tell the story of how they killed an endangered species. You can bet photos of the hunter and hunted will be splashed around hunting social media.

Only about 5,000 black rhinos exist on the planet. They are critically endangered. But Ben Carter of the Dallas Safari Club claims it’s good for the species to kill older members of the herd, who he says, “are not contributing to the population anymore.”

This shows a complete lack of understanding of animals – on humane and scientific levels.

I have a suggestion. Why not offer huge reward for the capture of wildlife poachers in Africa. Then the hunters can really say they did something great.

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