A now infamous hunter faces public outrage after shooting and killing an endangered black rhino in Namibia. Corey Knowlton from Dallas, Texas bid $350,000 for a permit to hunt and kill a black rhino a year and a half ago at an auction for the Dallas Safari Club. All proceeds from the auctioned permit are to be dedicated toward conservation and anti-poaching efforts, but that has not spared Knowlton from facing criticism and even death threats from animal activists.
Knowlton believes his hunt is beneficial to the black rhino population because of the specific black rhino he killed. The bull in question was older, and Knowlton claimed he would no longer be beneficial to the black rhino gene pool. The International Fund for Animal Welfare disagrees with that defense, and states that hunting is an outdated method of conservation.
Where is the sport in approaching an unarmed giant herbivore like a black rhino and blowing its brains out? Sick, cruel and not even hard.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) May 20, 2015
The licensed hunt of an endangered species like the black rhino will undoubtedly bring animal conservation issues to the forefront as the debate carries on. Knowlton does not see the issue with his controversial hunt, telling CNN, "I think people have a problem just with the fact that I like to hunt. I want to see the black rhino as abundant as it can be. I believe in the survival of the species."
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