Trophy Hunting: Namibia’s Shame

Emilio Cogliani

In January 2014, the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off a permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia under the guise of conservation. The Club is a not-for-profit institution, which means your tax dollars are supporting an organization that targets and kills endangered species.

Corey Knowlton won the auction for $350,000, and on May 18, he went to Namibia to kill a black rhino. This isn’t someone hunting to provide food for his family; rather he is a trophy hunter who wants to see the rhino’s head on his wall.

Supposedly, the money he paid would go to the government of Namibia to support anti-poaching and conservation efforts. Even more disturbing is that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted Knowlton permission to bring the animal’s carcass back to America.

This isn’t conservation. This is murder. Black rhinos have been hunted nearly to extinction, with only an estimated 5,000 left…

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