Cape Town – In November last year, presenter and self-styled hardcore huntress, Melissa Bachman, caused global outrage when she posted a photo on Facebook of herself posing with a magnificent maned lion she had shot and killed at Maroi Conservancy in Limpopo, South Africa.
In light of the widespread critique Bachman’s hunt received, it comes as quite a surprise that now, less than two months later, a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia has fetched US$350 000 (R3.7m) at an auction held by the Dallas Safari Club in the US.
MY COMMENT: Hunting a black Rhino is sick, your core focus should be the exact opposite, to auction your life for (R7.4m) in aid of conserving our Rhino which has reached devastating proportions to the point of being uncontrollable & near extinction. AS YOU ARE AWARE, THE WESTERN BLACK RHINO HAS ALREADY REACHED THIS CRITICAL LEVEL OF EXTINCTION.
While the auction was met by similar response from animal rights groups and conservationists, with certain members of the Safari Club even receiving death threats, the fact that it was held in the first place calls into question the authority of conservation heavyweights.
MY COMMENT: “remember that Rhinos are endangered species listed by CITIES”, law and order would be the first approach to fix any problem!
While dedicate influential individuals do join forces with world conservation bodies to protect endangered species, why is support from lawmakers so lacking in this regard?
MY COMMENT: lacking is an understatement!
As Jeffrey Flocken, North American regional director of the Massachusetts-based International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), pointed out: “This auction is telling the world that an American will pay anything to kill their species.” He added that it was, in fact, making a spectacle of killing an endangered species.
MY COMMENT: killing for fun is seems to be the new commodity, its endangered worth a fortune, let’s kill it. Modern lives of the wealthy have become boring or greedy.
According to a report, Ben Carter, executive director of the Safari Club, has defended the auction, saying that all money raised will go toward protecting the species that has been the target of a widespread poaching scourge, as rhino horn is believed to hold medicinal value in certain cultures.
MY COMMENT: what is the difference between hunting a rhino and poaching a rhino? The unacceptable poacher still poachers the horn for medicinal purposes where for your auction, what was used? I doubt anyone ate the meat! Whatever made you think of taking a life to raise money is doing good? must be related to your upbringing!!!
He also said the rhino that the winner will be allowed to hunt is old, male and non-breeding – and that the animal was likely to be targeted for removal anyway because it was becoming aggressive and threatening other wildlife.
MY COMMENT: you are stupid, rhinos are naturally aggressive, and how many excuses do you need to cover up an act of greed. Remove the rhino at most, you are not god, you have no right to take a life for the sake of age and stagnant breeding purposes.
Killing one older male rhino that’s no longer able to breed, the club says, will benefit the rest of the herd. That’s because older males often remain territorial and sometimes kill younger male rhinos.
MY COMMENT: it’s about the amount of rhinos we have left, introduce the rhino to another farm where there are no rhinos or young, than take an innocent life. Was the last Dodo bird killed because it was no longer able to breed?
However, considering that only 4 000 black rhinos remain in the wild, world-wide (down from 70 000 in the 1960s) and less than 1 800 in Namibia, one can’t help but feel that culling even one of these rare creatures is making a critical dent in the population.
Do you think the fact that an animal is old, aggressive and non-breeding makes it okay to hunt an endangered species?