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The Dallas Safari Club plans to auction off a permit to hunt one of the world’s last 5000 black rhinos. The hunt will take place in Namibia. The club estimates the tag will raise somewhere between a quarter of a million to a million dollars which will go into a conservation trust fund to help save the black rhino.

The ABC news story begs a number of interesting questions:

Would you shoot a black rhino, knowing they are endangered but that your exorbitant license fee will pay for rhino conservation?

Should the Dallas Safari Club merely pass a 10-gallon hat for contributions to save the black rhino without auctioning off a tag?

How does the Humane Society of the United States–an anti-hunting, animal rights organization that does nothing to help wildlife–get to be called a “conservation group” on the news?