Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Mischief: A Mischievous Metaphor

Imagine if you were approached by another animal lover with this flyer:

Did you notice the prize in this raffle? Would you be opening your wallet, or would you be recoiling in horror?

This flyer is a fictitious bit of mischief to point out the absurdity of raising money to protect an endangered species by auctioning off a chance to kill one of them!

The Dallas Safari Club still defends their auction of a permit to shoot a highly endangered Black Rhino. Trophy hunting is an act of pure ego. The winner says he feels justified in slaughtering one of these animals because his $350,000 will go toward protecting other African rhinos from poaching.

Besides, only an old, slow rhino will be selected for the kill. (What sport.) But since every Black Rhino's individual genome is unique, there are no disposable rhinos. The target's individual alleles could potentially be lifesaving for this species as conservationists race to save it.

I want to be clear. The problem is not hunters across the board.  Hunters, from Teddy Roosevelt to Ted Kerasote to Rick Bass, have been some of this country's most dedicated conservationists. Ethical hunters have a respect for animals - they use the meat for food, hunt only in season, participate in hunting used to manage prey populations in the absence of large predators, and above all use skill, allowing the prey a 'sporting chance'. Roosevelt himself famously refused to shoot a grizzly that his guide had cornered for him. But the Dallas Safari Club is oblivious to the repugnant nature of trophy hunting.

Here's a thought, Mr. Auction Winner. Maybe donate the money and put the permit in the shredder?

The story of the Rhino Auction has been made infamous by headlines worldwide.

 From CNN: Marcia Fargnoli, chief executive officer of the 

Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, which works with the 

government to fight poachers, says the group 

has tried to convince the Namibian government to stop 

issuing these hunting permits.

"I really believe every rhino counts," said

 Fargnoli. "It really is a dilemma. ...But I 

really struggle to say I'm saving rhinos 

and then say that one can be hunted."

"They need to be protected, not sold to the highest bidder," 

said Jeffrey Flocken of the International Fund for Animal 

Welfare (IFAW) "It also sends a dangerous message that 

these iconic and disappearing animals are worth more as 

dead trophies to be mounted and hung on a wall in a Texas

 mansion than living in the wild in Africa."

Will you help? Sign the petition to protect Black Rhinos from trophy hunters. You will be urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to forbid the import of whatever "trophy" would result from the slaughter of an old, slow rhino.

There are currently an estimated 4,240

 black rhinos... in the wild.


  1. Its definitely a very clever way to get the message out. I admit I am not a fanof mandatory spay neuter simply because of its connection to osteosarcoma in large breed dogs. If I ever got a giant breed dog, which i likely never will, I probably wouldnt alter until age 3 BUT Id also never ever let any unwanted pups come about. With Weasley I waited until he was 1.

    retro rover

    retro rover


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