A Texas organization auctioned off a permit to hunt black rhinos — in order to save the “critically endangered” species. Huh? The Dallas Safari Club got $350,000 for the controversial hunting permit, all of which will be donated to the Namibian government and supposedly earmarked to help protect endangered animals. There are only an estimated 5,000 black rhinos left on Earth, and about 1,700 in Namibia. Poachers often illegally hunt rhinos because their horns are very valuable and can be sold on the black market at a high profit.
Though the Dallas Safari Club has received death threats since announcing the auction, executive director Ben Carter claims, "This is the best way to have the biggest impact on increasing the black rhino population.” Namibia auctions off five black rhino hunting permits a year, but this is first one ever made available outside of the country.