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Trump Administration ignores conservation, allows import of critically endangered black rhino trophy

HSUS: We urge our federal government to end this pay-to-slay scheme that delivers critically endangered rhino trophies to wealthy Americans while dealing a devastating blow to rhino conservation.

HSUS: ‘The Trump Administration is set to allow an American trophy hunter to import a black rhino trophy that he killed in Namibia last year. The Humane Society of the United States received notice from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week about its decision to issue an import permit to a wealthy American businessman from Michigan, who agreed to pay $400,000 to a Namibian government fund if he received the permit for this critically endangered species. This is the sixth black rhino trophy import permit issued by the U.S. since 2013, and the third one issued during the current Administration, despite President Trump having referred to trophy hunting as a “horror show”.

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International released the following statement: “We urge our federal government to end this pay-to-slay scheme that delivers critically endangered rhino trophies to wealthy Americans while dealing a devastating blow to rhino conservation. With fewer than 2,000 black rhinos left in Namibia – and with rhino poaching on the rise – now is the time to ensure that every living black rhino remains safe in the wild. While we cannot turn back the clock to save this animal, the Administration can stop the U.S. from further contributing to the demise of this species by refusing future import permits of black rhino trophies. Black rhinos must be off limits to trophy hunters”.’  SOURCE…

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