January 12, 2014

Some people

A local news story has been elevated to the worldwide level, so you may have heard that the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off a permit to hunt a black rhino.

I don't give a rat's ass, really, about the survival of the black rhino.  Call me callous and uncaring, but I think there are plenty of people watching out for endangered and threatened species of everything worldwide, and my opinion doesn't do anything to affect the likelihood of any of them surviving or becoming extinct.  And while I have a rudimentary understanding of food chains and wildlife interdependence, I also recall a few evolutionary principles that seem to be ignored in the name of saving the last of whatever the flavor of the day is.

The DSC auctioned off a permit lawfully issued by Namibia wildlife authorities to hunt an aggressive, aged, non-breeding male that has been known to kill younger bulls, cows, and calves.  It is wildlife management 101.

Namibia has only recorded 10 black rhino poaching deaths since 2006, the rhino population is GROWING due to successful management techniques.  Neighboring South Africa reported nearly 1,000 poaching deaths in 2012 alone.  Methinks the bleeding heart conservationists need to get their facts and African geography straight.

I typed, and then deleted, a thousand more words, about the idiocy of people who protest crap like this when there is war, disease, and hunger in our world.  We know it.  They'll never get it.  I hope the permitted hunter has the time of his life.

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

In addition to the wildlife management issue, there's also an economic aspect.

One of the reasons for the growth of the black rhino population in Namibia is that the govt there has done a great job of educating the population regarding the money and other benefits hunters bring into the country. This particular license went for $350,000. Add to that other fees, wages for guides, porters, cooks, housekeepers, etc. and that particular rhino hunt will probably result in half a million dollars being spent in-country. Much of that money goes directly to the local population. The money for a poached rhino horn doesn't. That incentivizes the locals to support game management, and to oppose poaching.

The average household income in Namibia is $2000, so $500,000 is a big hunk of change.