If you haven’t heard, a famous Texan hunter, Corey Knowlton, paid $350,000 to hunt an endangered black rhino in Nambia. I’m guessing your initial reaction includes: RAGE that someone would consider killing an animal from a species with only 5,000 members worldwide; SADNESS that an animal’s life is a prize; HOPE that this bidder paid to pardon the rhino and keep another hunter from killing him. From Knowlton’s Facebook page and his interviews, he’s looking forward to the challenge.
Before you make Corey the hunted, let’s check out his MOTIVE beyond the once-in-a-lifetime prize. He makes a case for the fact that:
A) This money goes to the Nambian government to help conserve the 1,700 black rhinos they care for.
B) The government singles out older rhinos that have become a threat to the rest of the herd as the ones that are “suitable” to kill.
C) The animal meat will be donated to local Nambian’s and the hide will be preserved by Knowlton.
D) His kill, he claims, would be faster than fighting to near-death only to have lions or wild dogs finish the job
Here’s why I don’t totally buy that:
A) Why not just make a donation to the Nambian government? Period.
B) It’s hard to believe that a hunter with the challenging kills that he’s done (according to Facebook pictures) would settle for an older, probably slower rhino. Or they’re just spinning the truth because he says repeatedly how much danger he’ll be in hunting such a rhino.
C) While meat will be donated, the hide and head will be in Knowlton’s house.
D) I don’t know how accurate his shot is but I can’t imagine the kill will be without suffering.
True, I’m not a hunter. I suppose I am sometimes ok with it if people hunt with cross-bows for food, not for trophies. I’m totally creeped out by taxidermummified animals.
But, people! Under no circumstances is it ok to bombard him and his family – his children! – with death threats over this. Haven’t we learned that when you get all crazy people will just dismiss your rant as, well, crazy! Find a more intelligent way to make the world better.
NOTE: Obviously this is a heated topic and I welcome your thoughts, but if you comment on this post, I ask that you please remain respectful. Any threatening comments will not be published.