Deny Import Permit for Black Rhino Hunt

The black rhinoceros is a critically endangered species, with fewer than 5,000 left in the wild. The black rhino’s rarity and its special protection as an endangered species makes them highly desirable to trophy hunters.

The Dallas Safari Club auctioned off a hunting permit for a Namibian black rhino. Fortunately it is not too late: the winner of that auction will still need to obtain a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to bring the trophy into the U.S.

Join us in urging the Service not to issue the import permit.
   

 

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I am writing to urge you not to issue the import permit that would allow the winner of the Dallas Safari Club auction to import a black rhinoceros trophy from Namibia. This would set a terrible precedent for this and other critically endangered species whose future depends on keeping as many of their kind alive so that they can contribute to the gene pool.  Killing in the name of conservation is unacceptable. Instead, promoting the killing would undermine conservation efforts that are so desperately needed to save the dwindling numbers of black rhinoceroses. 

With fewer than 5,000 remaining in the wild, the black rhinoceroses is on the brink of extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has an opportunity to set an example for the world by denying the import permit for trophy of a black rhino—and one that would be killed for nothing more than to decorate a hunter’s trophy room.