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Permit to hunt an endangered black rhino is auctioned off for $350,000

13
Jan
2014

A mere 5,000 African black rhinos are now estimated to live in the wild, but that isnt stopping a Texas-based group from killing one of the endangered animals. In a closed auction held this weekend, the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off a permit to hunt a rhino in Namibia for a whopping $350,000. But their bid breaks the previous record for a Namibia black rhino hunting permit — five of which are doled out by the country each year — by more than $100,000. Despite that caveat, and assurances from the hunting group that proceeds from the auction will go to conservation efforts, the event hasnt exactly been met with plaudits from animal advocacy groups like the Humane Society and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

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