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The Black Rhino’s Story Advances

 

 by Troutski

For anyone who watches Stephen Colbert in the evenings to have a laugh or two about, unfortunately, real life news and events – you already know the latest news regarding the black rhino.

 

This news happens to have the environmental lovers, endangered species fighters, hunters and a great many others, up in arms. And…they should be.

 

For those who are unaware, at one time in our history there were many rhinos. They were not endangered; their numbers were up in DSC_8726the 50,000 range. A safari to Africa or Asia would have allowed you to take a picture of one of the most amazing creatures on earth. It’s not right to have to say to people that the rhino numbers have fallen by almost half, and it’s especially sickening to have to announce that when it comes to the black rhino, the numbers left – a little over 5,000 – makes them critically endangered.

 

Critically endangered. Think about that for a moment. We talk about saving historical locations, books, artifacts, etc., because this is where it all happened; the manuscripts found buried in Qumran among others, told the stories of people who we always refer to yet now have the ability to read their own words. These locations and artifacts are among the most important to our world culture. Archaeologists, churches, organizations like the amazing, UNESCO, all fight to keep these locations and information intact for all eternity.

 

When it comes to said locations, some were harmed by Man. But, for the most part, locations have been ravaged by time, ancient battles, and a score of Mother Nature’s horrendous upheavals. The Black Rhino, on the other hand, faces complete and total annihilation at the hands of poachers. The facts are that almost 750 rhinos have been killed JUST THIS YEAR.

So what is the news that has everyone screaming? A group of trophy hunters who make up an organization called, the Dallas Safari Club, wants to do their part to save the poor, critically endangered black rhino. A great idea! Unfortunately, their idea of how to save the creature is by ‘auctioning off the chance to shoot one.’ That’s right. Kill one to save many.

 

The Namibian government is on board with the thought apparently, giving them a “special permit” (this goes along with our own Fish and Wildlife Service’s ‘okay’) to actually hunt and take out one of the 1,800 remaining black rhino’s that live in Namibia.

 

In January, the auction will commence at the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention. They are estimating that the auction will bring in three-quarters-of-a-million to one million dollars. The money raised will then be sent to the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino. However, they will not be able to bring back the critically endangered creature they killed.

 

The DSC Executive Director defends the idea by the amount of money that will go to save the almost extinct creature, and by letting everyone know that because black rhinos tend to have a fairly high mortality rate, out of a population of 2,000, harvesting three rhinos over a couple or three years has no impact on the health of the rhino herd. Again, that reasoning still doesn’t bring back the critically endangered creature they will be taking out of the world.

 

The concept that hunting can save wildlife has NO meaning here. Yes, hunting whitetail, sometimes wolves, sometimes hogs, to maintain a population so they do not overrun the areas and kill vegetation, crops and other animals, is a fair debate. However, they are not killing critically endangered species in order to then save THAT critically endangered species. There are hunters remarking all over the Internet that they are also up in arms regarding this particular announcement. They are responsible people, and they do not like being compared to what is basically a poacher.

 

Anti-poaching efforts threaten the lives of good people who are doing their best to stop this action from happening. Yet, an organization is saying ‘go right ahead, but just this one time so we can save the dead rhino’s brothers and sisters.’

 

People argue loudly about ObamaCare and all the other rules and regulations they dislike. However, if something like this can be allowed to occur, a far thicker veil of darkness will, and should be, thrown over the United States!

 

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