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

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    Interesting point. But I'm thinking that rhino aren't typically prey unless they are very weak.
    The strongest in the herd will eventually be the weakest in the herd. Maybe a predator will get a breeding male or a calf instead of this guy when he would have been old and more vulnerable. I really do not know a lot about the behavior of rhinos as a group. My bigger concern is that because they auction off these slots, what if the next highest bidder decides he wants one anyway? If they had just put the animal down themselves I would be less concerned. They are instead marketing the kill which could promote poaching. I imagine that if we were to find one last wooly mammoth alive on earth, someone would be willing to pay to kill it just to say they did.

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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
    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.
    A country's management of wildlife doesn't require civil servants to sleep with each animal. In a place like Namibia, I'm pretty sure the hunter with the license was required to be accompanied by a Namibian wildlife officer who would ensure the appropriate animal was killed.

    I'm not sure what you're getting at or trying to prove.
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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
    A country's management of wildlife doesn't require civil servants to sleep with each animal. In a place like Namibia, I'm pretty sure the hunter with the license was required to be accompanied by a Namibian wildlife officer who would ensure the appropriate animal was killed.

    I'm not sure what you're getting at or trying to prove.
    I have already stated it in this thread. They are encouraging poaching.

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

    A species doesn't suffer, individual animals suffer. This guy is a douchebag.

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

    They are actually weakening the species by doing this. A male lion is SUPPOSED to hang onto the pride as long as he can and chase all the little young lions away. Now that grand-daddy rhino isnt there to guard some rhino that never earned the right to breed is going to get to. Causing a potentially weaker species. All because some guy wanted to sports/trophy hunt it and attach a good excuse to it.
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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    I am not opposed to the culling of animals if it is necessary, although I am an animal-lover at heart. For instance, as much as I would hate to think of deer being shot, it would be better than to see them starve to death.

    My only question in this instance is, if this rino was so old and useless, how was he able to run off all the other males? Wouldn't they get stronger and he weaker till the old rino was overpowered? Just a question.

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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.
    Seems like an excellent way to raise funds and a form of good conservation.

    I really don't see the problem.
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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    Quote Originally Posted by Texmex View Post
    I am not opposed to the culling of animals if it is necessary, although I am an animal-lover at heart. For instance, as much as I would hate to think of deer being shot, it would be better than to see them starve to death.

    My only question in this instance is, if this rino was so old and useless, how was he able to run off all the other males? Wouldn't they get stronger and he weaker till the old rino was overpowered? Just a question.
    The ability to run off other males is not related to the ability to breed. They may lose potency before they become weak.
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    Re: Hunter pays $350,000 to shoot black rhino: 'I believe in survival of species'

    Quote Originally Posted by CLAX1911 View Post
    Seems like an excellent way to raise funds and a form of good conservation.

    I really don't see the problem.
    You would if you were the rhino.

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

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    You would if you were the rhino.
    Which rhino? The ones who can't mate or the ones that can't calf?
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