USFWS: Take a Stand Against the Dallas Safari Club's Black Rhino Hunt

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The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.

About the Petition

The Dallas Safari Club recently auctioned off a hunting permit for a highly endangered Namibian black rhino. The winner of that auction is required to obtain an import permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to bring the slain rhino back to the United States.

With fewer than 5,000 left in the wild, black rhinos need your help. Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny the application for the import permit.

Photo Credit: Munib Chaudry/Getty Images

To: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

I 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 continue a terrible precedent for this and other critically endangered species whose future depends on keeping healthy populations in the wild.

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, black rhinoceroses are 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 a rare black rhino that would be needlessly killed for no reason other than to decorate a hunter’s trophy room.


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