Who Needs “Old Highly Endangered Black Rhinos” Anyway?

Black Rinos in Ngorongoro Crater Wiki

Black rhinos in Ngorongoro crater

The fury continues over the  endangered black rhino that Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 to slaughter in Namibia, because after all the endangered black rhino is an old guy and who needs old endangered black rhinos anyway?

Bob Barker, host of the Price is Right and passionate animal rights activist, wrote an open letter to the Dallas Safari Club, who held the auction that allowed Knowlton to purchase a permit, issued by Namibia, to murder one of less than 5000 black rhino’s left in the world. Oh but don’t forget, that rhino’s life means nothing because he’s old!

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Bob Barker Urges Safari Club Not to Auction Off License to Kill Older Male Rhino

 For Immediate Release

January 10, 2014

Contact:
Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Dallas, Texas – As the Dallas Safari Club prepares to auction off a license to kill an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia—a much-criticized move that the club has defended by explaining that it will preselect an animal who is “old and unable to reproduce”—TV icon Bob Barker has fired off a letter urging the club to call off the auction, writing, “As an older male myself, I must say that this seems like rather a harsh way of dealing with senior citizens.” Barker goes on to point out that killing an endangered animal for money is no way to fight poaching (that is, killing endangered animals for money).

Bob Barker’s letter to the Dallas Safari Club is available below.

Ben Carter, Executive Director
The Dallas Safari Club
13709 Gamma Rd.
Dallas, TX 75244

 Dear Mr. Carter:

I am writing to ask you to call off your planned auction of a chance to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia. The rhino that your organization reportedly has in its crosshairs is an older “non-breeding” male who has apparently been deemed expendable. As an older male myself, I must say that this seems like a rather harsh way of dealing with senior citizens.

I can certainly sympathize with this animal’s plight (and I would think that many of your older members could as well). How many seniors have been written off simply because they have a certain number of birthdays under their belts? But just because you’re “retired” doesn’t mean you don’t have anything more to offer. In fact, I personally feel that I’ve accomplished a great deal since I quit my day job. Surely, it is presumptuous to assume that this rhino’s life is no longer of any value. What of the wisdom that he has acquired over the course of a long life? What’s the world coming to when a lifetime’s experience is considered a liability instead of an asset?

There are only about 5,000 black rhinos still alive in Africa. What kind of message does it send when we put a $1 million bounty on one of their heads? These animals are endangered for that very reason: money. What makes you any better than the poachers who kill rhinos to feed their families? At least, they are honest about their less noble motives. You try to dress up greed under the guise of “conservation.”

True conservationists are those who pay money to keep rhinos alive—in the form of highly lucrative eco-tourism—as opposed to those who pay money for the cheap thrill of taking this magnificent animal’s life and putting his head on a wall.

If you want someone’s head to go on a wall, pick mine. I will happily send you an autographed photo to auction off instead. My mug may not fetch as much money as that of a dead rhino, but at least we’ll all live to enjoy another sunrise in our sunset years.

Sincerely,

Bob Barker

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

Read more: http://www.peta.org/media/news-releases/bob-barker-urges-safari-club-auction-license-kill-older-male-rhino/#ixzz2qye3ugeT
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Black Rhino chewing on plants Wiki

Black Rhino chewing on plants – I’m sure the critically endangered black rhino, targeted for death, would rather be doing this!

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society, has stated if Knowlton does in fact kill the rhino, HSUS will try to block Knowlton from bringing the rhino “trophy” back to the US. That would be some justice but I think the rhino would prefer to live out the rest of his life in peace instead of being hunted and murdered.

“The Humane Society opposed the Dallas Safari Club Auction and says it plans to fight Knowlton’s efforts to bring the black rhino trophy into the United States.

If Knowlton does hunt and kill the black rhino, he’ll need a special permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to import the animal into the country under the Endangered Species Act.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society, wrote in an online blog post that killing one endangered animal to save the species is an “Orwellian idea” and worries that it will inspire hunters to pay millions of dollars for the chance to kill orangutans, elephants or tigers.

“Where will it end?” wrote Pacelle. “The first rule of protecting the rarest animals in the world is to protect each living member of that species.”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/16/us/black-rhino-hunting-permit/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Meanwhile, American wolves continue to be trapped, tortured and slain in the US and their deaths haven’t garnered one/thousandth the outrage  the black rhino’s plight has. Still I’m glad to see people waking up and realizing the brutality and senselessness of trophy hunting.  It’s all about respect you know. Corey Knowlton says he respects the Rhino. Yes, he respects the Rhino alright, right to his grave.

Black Rhino Skull Wiki

Corey Knowlton says he’s getting death threats and has hired a security firm for protection.  The “old endangered black rhino” should hire bodyguards too for protection, since his life is in mortal danger. It’s not fun being a hunted animal. Pot meet kettle!

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Posted in: Trophy hunting, Slob Hunters, Animal Cruelty

Photos: Courtesy Wikipedia

Tags: Endangered Black Rhino, Trophy Hunting, Namibia, Corey Knowlton, $350,000 for a life, Dallas Safari Club, Bob Barker, PETA, Wayne Pacelli, Humane Society of the United States, animal cruelty

Minnesota Wolf/Witch Hunt Ends, Over 400 Wolves Slaughtered

Gray wolf photo CNN

Minnesota’s wolf hunt ended January 3rd. Over 400 wolves are dead. They died for the price of a wolf tag. They died for trophy hunters insatiable desire to kill innocent animals for sport. They died for nothing.

The irony is Minnesota was supposed to be different. Their original wolf plan called for a five-year moratorium on wolf hunts.  But the Minnesota legislature changed that in 2011, when it was clear wolves would be delisted in the Great Lakes.

“Minnesota statutes were amended in 2011 to change the state status of wolves to a small game species and provide the ability to authorize a season without a five-year waiting period.“….Minnesota voters for Animal Protection

The Minnesota DNR turned out to be no different from the rest of the fish and game agencies in the wolf states. They went forward with an unpopular wolf hunt in spite of what Minnesotans wanted.

“When the DNR announced the potential of a wolf hunt they didn’t have overwhelming support, at least not on their website. An online survey on the DNR’s website found nearly 75 percent of people who voiced an opinion, opposed it….valleynewslive.com

Dr. Maureen Hackett, wolf advocate and founder of Howling for Wolves, summed up the situation.

“Dr. Hackett says before the hunt even started nearly 300 were killed by farmers, legally, and likely another couple hundred by poachers. Add that up on top of the 400 plus killed in this years hunt, that’s what concerns Dr. Hackett, “now you have nearly 1000 wolves killed out of maybe 3000 wolves total. That’s 30% of the population.”

Which isn’t that far off from the 1,600 mark that could likely put wolves back on the endangered species list in Minnesota. A problem magnified during the course of one, quick season proposed by the DNR.

Dr. Hackett says without folks expressing their opinions to legislature, the DNR will likely not listen to the publics concerns, “they have not gotten public comment on nearly every hunting rule since 1995. I think the public and legislature need to understand that the public has been kept out….valleynewslive.com

So there you have it,  30% of Minnesota’s wolves wiped out, including  over 400 killed in the hunts. That’s what “wolf management” looks like.

Let’s work to ensure this is Minnesota’s last wolf hunt.

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Opponents of MN Wolf Hunt Speak Out

Posted: Jan 03, 2013 8:02 PM ESTUpdated: Jan 03, 2013 8:02 PM EST

Minnesota’s controversial wolf hunt comes to a close Thursday. Last count by the DNR estimates 403 were tagged during the hunt and numbers are still coming in. But that’s already slightly over their target quota of 400. Numbers aside, not everyone is pleased with the states decision to hunt an animal just off of the endangered species list. Valley News Live shares one opponent to the hunt’s concerns.

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http://www.valleynewslive.com/story/20499364/opponents-of-mn-wolf-hunt-speak-out

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Humane Society of the United States Intent To Sue USFWS and Ken Salazar Over Great Lakes Wolf Delisting

minnesota-wolves_mpr-file-photo_derek-montgomery2

October 15, 2012
Sixty-Day Notice of Intent to Sue Over Violations of the 
Endangered Species Act in Designating and Delisting the 
Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of the 
Gray Wolf
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Top Photo: Gray wolf photo CNN

Bottom Photo:  MPR File Photo/Derek Montgomery

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Minnesota wolves

Tags: 0ver 400 dead in hunts, wolf trapping torture, Minnesota DNR, Dr. Maureen Hackett, wolf persecution, Humane Society of the United States

HSUS Intends To Sue USFWS Over Great Lakes Gray Wolf Delisting….

The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals have announced they intend to sue the USFWS over the delisting of gray wolves in the Great Lakes region, with the goal of seeing Endangered Species Protections restored for the beleaguered animals. This was very welcome news as the Wisconsin wolf hunt opened Monday.

Wolves in the Northern Rockies and now the Great Lakes Region have been handed over to brutal state management. They are suffering the tortures of the damned as they are trapped, shot, hunted with bow, snared and in Wyoming treated like vermin in over 80% of the state, where they can be killed by any means, 365 days of the year.  Wisconsin wants to chase them to their deaths with up to six dogs per hunter.  A legal challenge stopped that horror for now but a hearing is scheduled in December to re-visit the issue.

Wolves cannot survive this holocaust. The feds, along with ranching interests, teamed up to wipe them out in the 1900’s. If the killing isn’t stopped we will lose them once again.  Wolves must be re-listed, not only in the Great Lakes but the Northern Rockies as well!!

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October 15, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Files Notice of Suit to Restore Federal Protection for Great Lakes Wolves

On the day of the first public wolf hunting and trapping season in the Great Lakes region in more than 40 years, The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals served notice that they will file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protections for Great Lakes wolves under the Endangered Species Act. The groups are also asking the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota to postpone wolf hunting and trapping until the case can be decided on the merits.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most recent decision to delist wolves became effective earlier this year, after multiple previous attempts to delist wolves were struck down by the courts over the course of the last decade.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put faith in the state wildlife agencies to responsibly manage wolf populations, but their overzealous and extreme plans to allow for trophy hunting and recreational trapping immediately after de-listing demonstrate that such confidence was unwarranted,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS. “Between Minnesota’s broken promise to wait five years before hunting wolves, and Wisconsin’s reckless plan to trap and shoot hundreds of wolves in the first year, it is painfully clear that federal protection must be reasserted. The states have allowed the most extreme voices to grab hold of wolf management, and the result could be devastating for this species.”

READ MORE:

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/10/great-lakes-wolves-suit-101512.html

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The HSUS to Sue to Reverse De-Listing of Wolves in Great Lakes

October 16, 2012

Yesterday, on the same day that The HSUS and The Fund for Animals announced their intention to sue the federal government to reverse its decision to prematurely remove wolves from the list of protected species, trophy hunters killed at least four wolves on the opening day of the first wolf season in Wisconsin in decades. Minnesota’s hunting and trapping season is set to launch on Nov. 3. Wisconsin awarded 1,160 permits through a lottery, and Minnesota awarded 6,000 permits. Both states issued more hunting permits than there are wolves within their boundaries

If there was any doubt about the intentions of the hunters involved, an Associated Press story written by Steve Karnowski and Todd Richmond made them plain. The reporters talked to hunters about why they bought wolf hunting permits.

READ MORE:

http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/10/great-lakes-wolves.html

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Lawsuit takes aim to stop wolf hunt in Wisconsin

Groups want protection back

By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 15, 2012

On the opening day of the Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season, the Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals served notice they will file a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protections for Great Lakes wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

The groups also ask officials in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where a wolf season is scheduled to begin in November, to postpone wolf hunting and trapping until the case can be decided. The Wisconsin DNR said Monday it would not halt the season.

“We will continue to implement the season that is directed by Wisconsin law,” said Kurt Thiede, administrator of the DNR’s Land Division.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted wolves in the western Great Lakes region in January and returned management of the species to the states. The Wisconsin legislature in April authorized the state’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put faith in the state wildlife agencies to responsibly manage wolf populations, but their overzealous and extreme plans to allow for trophy hunting and recreational trapping immediately after delisting demonstrate that such confidence was unwarranted,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer for the HSUS, in a statement released Monday.

READ MORE:

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/lawsuit-takes-aim-to-stop-wolf-hunt-in-wisconsin-tm785ib-174297411.html

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Photo: kewlwallpapersdotcom

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Humane Society of the United States, The Fund for Animals, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, gray wolves under fire, brutal state management, USFWS, wolf hunts

Thanks To Obama and Congress, Horse Slaughter Is Again Legal In US…

Is there no end to the damage this Congress and President Obama will inflict on innocent animals?  In the middle of one of the worst recessions/depressions in the nation’s history, it seems the only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is reinstating  slaughter of America’s  horses.

There is a parallel between what is happening to horses and wolves. A lack of empathy and coldness has pervaded government. With Democrats in control of the Senate, they once again came up short to protect horses. In my mind there is no longer much difference between the two parties.

First it was the wolves and the wild horses, now it’s our domestic horses, who’ve been slated to die in cruel and barbarous slaughterhouses.

On the campaign trail in 2008, Obama made this statement:

Federal policy towards animals should respect the dignity of animals and their rightful place as cohabitants of our environment. We should strive to protect animals and their habitats and prevent animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect…. I have consistently been a champion of animal-friendly legislation and policy and would continue to be so once elected.”

During the campaign Obama co-signed a bill banning horse slaughter in the US and was asked, “Will you support legislation …to institute a permanent ban on horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption“? He answered in the affirmative.

Now,  just a few short years later,  he has gone back on his campaign promise and  signed on to reinstating horse slaughter in the US.  What’s  going on with this Congress and President?

“In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture.  On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.”

Forget that 70% of Americans are against slaughtering horses for human consumption. We don’t eat our pets, this meat is going to be shipped overseas to countries like Japan and Belgium, who eat horses and the American people will foot the bill for the inspection of the “meat”. In other words we are going to pay to have our horses tortured in slaughterhouses, so foreign countries can benefit. What??

And how did this sneak through, with very little coverage? By politics as usual, back room wheeling and dealing.

“The bill that effectively changed the policy was a huge spending bill covering several different agencies and departments such as the USDA.

Rep. Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, got an amendment passed in the House Appropriations Committee in May to continue the ban on funding inspections. But a few lawmakers stripped out the amendment before the bill was finalized, passed by both houses this month and signed into law.”

And what’s the lame excuse for lifting the ban on horse slaughter in the US? Well there are just too many dang neglected and unwanted horses don’t cha know? It’s our duty to drag these terrified animals to horrific slaughterhouses, so they can have a bolt shoved into their brains, which half the time doesn’t even kill them. Then they’re strung up to be cut into pieces, some are still alive when this happens. Yes that will be the fate of unwanted,  neglected horses. It’s simply outrageous. Anyone who understands horses knows they are a prey species and are extremely fearful. Can you even imagine the panic they would feel going through this barbaric process? It’s unimaginable.

“Simon, with the Humane Society of the United States, took issue with the argument that the domestic slaughtering ban has led to more cases of neglect and abandonment of horses, saying that the recession was the main cause. All types of animals are abandoned in economic downturns she said, because people can’t afford to take care of them.

“The vast majority of American horse owners would not choose this practice,” she said.

Moreover, she said, horses were transported long distances within the United States before the ban.

Simone Netherlands, founder of Respect4Horses, questioned the fiscal justification for opening up horse slaughter plants.

“In this time when the focus of Congress is supposedly on reducing spending and creating jobs, it is a ludicrous measure to spend tax dollars in order to reinstate an inherently cruel predatory business, from which Americans stand to gain nothing. Horse slaughter plants operating until 2007 have never created a total of more than 178 jobs,” Netherlands said.”

Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director of The Humane Society of the United States,  spoke out clearly against this madness.

“Americans don’t eat horses.

“And they don’t want them inhumanely killed, shrink-wrapped and sent to Japan or Belgium for a high priced appetizer. Where and how one makes a living isn’t an issue here. In our culture and in our hearts, the horse holds a lofty place. And it’s not on the barbecue grill,” Armstrong said.

Graham said Americans just need to talk and find a viable, humane solution to the issue.

“Many people think this will be humane euthanasia and they think of Fido getting put to sleep on the veterinary table. That’s not the way it is,” said Graham.

“Horses are sensitive animals and you cannot tell me the horse at the slaughter plant cannot smell the blood on the other side of the pen. They’re freaked out. They know death is coming,” she said.

This is the “humane” solution for unwanted horses? I guess those in Congress, who pushed to reinstate horse slaughter in the US, forgot or didn’t care to  do their homework on how truly nightmarish a “solution” this is.

“In most countries where horses are slaughtered for food, they are processed in a similar fashion to cattle, i.e., in large-scale factory slaughterhouses (abattoirs). Unfortunately that results in a less than acceptable rate of effectiveness rendering the horses unconscious with a captive bolt gun, due to the difference between trying to get an accurate shot on an unrestrained horse vs. an unrestrained cow. In addition, horses’ brains are set further back, so even when the shot is in the correct spot, it sometimes doesn’t render them appropriately unconscious. In the UK a captive bolt is rarely used. They are usually killed using a free bullet from a bell gun. The skull is too hard to use a captive bolt the bell end to the gun prevents the bullet ricocheting and injuring the slaughterman. They are then killed by being exsanguinated (“bled out”) by severing the jugular vein or carotid artery while suspended by the rear leg by a heavy chain shackle.” Wikipedia

Apparently the new paradigm in Congress is ramming through unpopular policies. by burying them in appropriation bills. They brutalized our wolves with this underhanded method and now history is repeating itself.

This is what passes as leadership in Congress? We need term limits and we need them badly. If it wasn’t for  gerrymandering we could boot these self-serving politicians out of office.

Thanks to Congress and President Obama, horse slaughter is once again legal in the US, condemning 120,000 to 200,000 horses to a terrible death each year.

Pro-Horse Slaughter Arguments Do Not Make Flicka Burgers Tasty

By Sylvia Cochran | Yahoo! Contributor Network

Wed, Nov 30, 2011

COMMENTARY | Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., spouts pro-horse slaughter arguments. Trying to sell the electorate on ending a “misguided ban on domestic horse slaughter,” he cites “sad cases of horse abandonment” and promises a return of “jobs shipped to Canada and Mexico,” according to his website.

 I am surprised Sen. Baucus has not seen fit to also insert the ubiquitous “for the children” argument, which legislators usually slip into taxation schemes. But then he is not selling a new indebtedness but rather a way to profit off horse slaughtering.

As a carnivore, with only a short stint of vegetarianism under her belt, I appreciate a juicy steak as much as the next person. Even so, there are some animals I won’t eat out of principle, and horses (as well as donkeys) make the list.

Call me sentimental if you like, but then tell me why it is a good idea to consume meat that was not bred for slaughter. “None of the products that we routinely use on our horses has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use on horses intended for food,” the Equine Protection Network explained when American horse slaughter was still ongoing.

The pro-horse slaughter arguments citing deplorable equine neglect also fail to hold water. The Animal Law Coalition studied the cause and effect relationship between slaughterhouse closings and increases in horse neglect. “On the question of whether the closings were the cause of a pronounced increase in abuse we find that neither the cause nor the effect actually happened,” the researchers concluded. (If you follow Sen. Baucus’ logic to the end, you would have to make a case for the mass slaughter of dogs and cats.)

Peeling away the layers of sanctimonious rhetoric gets us down to business: Cold, hard cash. The Meat Trade News outlined in 2009 that a “good commercial horse” can be sold for $500 to the meat trade. Multiply this by 9 million — the estimated number of horses in the U.S. — and you are looking at a “multibillion dollar industry.”

In its 2011 publication, it cheers a proposed Nebraska institution of a state meat inspection agency — right after wondering “who gave these money grabbing animal rights bastrads (sic) so much power.” See, the pro horse slaughter arguments really do not care about horse welfare; it’s the almighty dollar that counts.

Just be honest about it.

http://news.yahoo.com/pro-horse-slaughter-arguments-not-flicka-burgers-tasty-195500888.html

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Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption

Author: madeline bernstein
Published: November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Read more: http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/obama-legalizes-horse-slaughter-for-human/#ixzz1fBSI6R6u

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Are Thousands Of WILD HORSES Headed For The Slaughterhouse?

By BornToBeWild Posted November 29, 2011 (10 hours ago)

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How The Senators Voted

http://www.votesmart.org/bill/votes/37382

If you’re outraged over this travesty please use these contacts. Horses are a national treasure, they are iconic, symbols in American culture. Let these politicians know that 70% of Americans do not want horses slaughtered. This must be reversed. Speak out for the voiceless.

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President Obama

White House Phone Numbers

202-456-1414 (switchboard)
202-456-1111 (white house comment line)

comments@whitehouse.gov

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

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Photos: Horse Wallpaper
Photo Horse Slaughter: Courtesy SodaHead
Posted in: Horses
Tags: Horse slaughter, H.R.2112, horse suffering, Congress, President Obama, USDA, HSUS
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