Reaction to FWS issuing black rhino trophy import permit


Hugh Paxton Blog promises something a little more titillating tomorrow. A cop fired a warning shot through a big biker’s head after the biker ran a road block. That sort of thing! But for the time being you are stuck with rhinos! And the usual arguments.

From: Raul Arce-Contreras []
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 12:57 AM
Subject: Reaction to FWS issuing black rhino trophy import permit


US Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Black Rhino Trophy Import Permit

Decision Criticized by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International

(March 26, 2015)—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has indicated that it will issue import permits to two American hunters who each applied to import a trophy of a critically endangered black rhino killed in Namibia.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International’s parent organization, issued the following statement:

“With rhino poaching on the rise—more than 1,200 were poached in 2014 including two dozen in Namibia—it is the worst sort of mixed message to give a green light to American trophy hunters to kill rhinos for their heads. When the global community is working so hard to stop people from killing rhinos for their horns, we are giving a stamp of approval to a special class of privileged elite to kill these majestic animals as a head-hunting exercise. The inconsistency is startling, and upends our moral authority.”


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