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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    I don't claim to know a lot about hunting/ animal reproduction/conservation but if there are 5000 (lets say for instance) black rhinos and you shoot one. 5000-1=4999. 4999<5000.
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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    Quote Originally Posted by Anomalism View Post
    The rhino was apparently an old rhino that no longer bred but was chasing off other potential male mates. I understand the reasoning, but I feel like they should have just moved it instead of killing it. The hunting of these animals should not be encouraged under any circumstances. Efforts to save endangered species should be getting enough funding without relying on hunters willing to pay top dollar to kill these animals.

    Hunter pays £225,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species' | Environment | The Guardian

    A US hunter who paid $350,000 (£225,000) to kill a black rhino in Namibia has successfully shot the animal, saying his actions would help protect the critically endangered species. Corey Knowlton, from Texas, downed the rhino with a high-powered rifle after a three-day hunt through the bush with government officials on hand to ensure he killed the correct animal. Knowlton, 36, won the right to shoot the rhino at an auction – attracting criticism, and even death threats, from conservationists. He took a CNN camera crew on the hunt to try to show why he believed the killing was justified. “The whole world knows about this hunt and I think it’s extremely important that people know it’s going down the right way, in the most scientific way that it can possibly happen,” Knowlton told CNN. “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.” Since 2012, Namibia has sold five licences a year to kill individual rhinos, saying the money is essential to fund conservation projects and anti-poaching protection.
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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    As an avid sportsman myself, I approve of this harvest.

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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    There is little choice but for this story to generate all kinds of hatred.
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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Personally, I hate hunting strictly for sport - I respect all forms of life too much.

    That said, the rationale seems plausible, believable, and supportable, so this doesn't outrage or bother me, provided it's true.

    Culling of animals to preserve the species as well as to preserve other species and other environments is something man can do well and responsibly and it should be supported when properly managed and regulated.
    What if the more powerful bull rhino also drove away predators? Not sure about the situation, but I cannot say that I like the idea of killing off things just because they are no longer prime breeders even if I can see some logic into what was done and how it was done.

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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    Quote Originally Posted by logansrun View Post
    What if the more powerful bull rhino also drove away predators? Not sure about the situation, but I cannot say that I like the idea of killing off things just because they are no longer prime breeders even if I can see some logic into what was done and how it was done.
    Interesting point. But I'm thinking that rhino aren't typically prey unless they are very weak.
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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    Quote Originally Posted by logansrun View Post
    What if the more powerful bull rhino also drove away predators? Not sure about the situation, but I cannot say that I like the idea of killing off things just because they are no longer prime breeders even if I can see some logic into what was done and how it was done.
    You're just speculating while I was responding to the facts as presented. Namibia is in charge of managing endangered species within their borders. They are the ones who issued the license. They are the ones who protect the rhino herd from predators, so I doubt your speculation.

    Here in Canada, we issue licenses to shoot bears, deer, moose, elk, etc., for the most part to both cull the various herds and keep them out of residential areas but also to support and promote a fairly significant hunting/tourism industry. I can hardly oppose Namibia's similar efforts in managing their wildlife.
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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    You're just speculating while I was responding to the facts as presented. Namibia is in charge of managing endangered species within their borders. They are the ones who issued the license. They are the ones who protect the rhino herd from predators, so I doubt your speculation.

    Here in Canada, we issue licenses to shoot bears, deer, moose, elk, etc., for the most part to both cull the various herds and keep them out of residential areas but also to support and promote a fairly significant hunting/tourism industry. I can hardly oppose Namibia's similar efforts in managing their wildlife.
    If it took him 3 days to hunt the thing down, I am assuming you incorrectly believe that wildlife officials are personal body guards to rhinos 24/7 or something.

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