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Texas club auctions rhino hunt permit in bid to protect species

Published on Jan 9, 2014 7:42 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (REUTERS) - The Dallas Safari Club will auction a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia, possibly fetching up to US$1 million (S$1.27 million) with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals in a move seen by some animal rights groups as ethically dubious conservation.

The licence being auctioned on Saturday is supposed to allow 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 club, opening its annual convention in Dallas on Thursday, expects the permit to bring US$250,000 to US$1 million.

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.

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