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Permit to hunt endangered rhino sells for $443,000 despite protests

Published on Jan 12, 2014 1:11 PM
An endangered east African black rhinoceros and her young one walk in Tanzania's Serengeti park in this file photo from May 21, 2010, during the start of an initiative that would see 32 rhinos flown to Tanzania from South Africa. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

DALLAS (REUTERS) - A permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia sold for US$350,000 (S$443,000) at an auction in Dallas with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals despite protests from animal rights groups that saw the sale as immoral conservation.

The licence allows for the killing of a single, post-breeding bull, with Namibian wildlife officials on hand for the hunt to make sure an appropriate animal is selected.

The Dallas Safari Club had been expecting the permit to bring US$250,000 to US$1 million at an auction held during its annual convention on Saturday. The hunt will help in managing the population and provide an underfunded Namibian government hard cash in the expensive battle to thwart poachers, it said.

"Biologists in Namibia were hopeful that a US-based auction would produce a record amount for rhino conservation, and that's exactly what happened," said club Executive Director Ben Carter.

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