Sunday, 18 January 2015

Dallas Safari Club follows controversial rhino hunt with bids to shoot elephant

Club has postponed hunt for black rhino which attracted criticism
Chance to shoot African elephant in Cameroon listed at $20,000

Associated Press in Dallas

Saturday 17 January 2015 16.28 GMT

A Texas hunting club was once again scheduled on Saturday to auction off a chance to kill a large animal whose numbers are dwindling, a year after it faced international criticism over doing the same with a permit to shoot an endangered black rhino.

The Dallas Safari Club planned to auction a 12-day African elephant hunt in Cameroon during its annual three-day convention at a Dallas hotel, a hunt valued in the auction catalog at $20,000.

The African elephant is the Earth’s largest land animal. The World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading conservation group, regards it as “vulnerable”, a step below “endangered” and “facing a high risk of extinction in the wild”.

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