I am new to the forums so not 100% sure about the etiquette for such posts so please be gentle!
I was extremely disappointed to just come across this article - an issue which tryhard has recently mentioned on this forum so perhaps you're already aware. Quote from the article:
" The Dallas Safari Club will auction a hunting permit to shoot a Black rhino in Namibia during its annual convention and expo in January.
According to DSC, all proceeds from the auction have been earmarked for rhino conservation in that country. The Government of the Republic of Namibia approved the permit in accordance with CITES provisions to generate funding for rhino conservation initiatives, including anti-poaching efforts, said DSC. The hunt will take place at Mangetti National Park, in northern Namibia.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has granted Namibia an annual export quota of up to five hunter-taken Black rhinos."
I don't pretend to completely understand the complexity of the situation in namibia but it just does not sit well with me at all that rhino can be legally hunted. Yes the funds will go to conservation but it is such a shame that a rhino needs to be killed - and moreover that any person could do this.