Death Threats Seen Over Rhino Hunt Auction
A Dallas Safari Club auction promoting conservation is raising strong protests from animal activists.
The Dallas Safari Club plans to auction a chance for one hunter to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia. Animal advocates are expressing anger at the weekend auction, and a few have allegedly made death threats against the club.
The auction is being held during the safari club's 2014 convention at the Dallas Convention Center this week, and the winner will likely be announced on Saturday evening. (See also: "Animal Conservation.")
The club says 100 percent of auction proceeds, which could total an estimated $1 million, will go to support the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia's Black Rhino. The Dallas Safari Club has previously argued that the hunt will help wildlife officials manage the endangered