Chinese Auction: China invites foreign hunters to bag protected game

For the first time ever, China will auction licenses to foreigners to hunt a variety of wild game, including some protected animals. The price list looks like this: Wild yak: $40,000; argali sheep: $10,000; red deer: $6,000, blue sheep: $2,500; and wolf: $200. Chinese wildlife authorities say the proceeds will fund wildlife conservation and insist that none of the targeted species are endangered. Most opponents say animals like the wild yak are too rare to be hunted, but a few challengers have more creative—if not amusing--concerns. Consider this quote from the Shanghaiist: "With [foreign hunter's] violent violent tempers, tendency to drink and then shoot at each other, and general lack of respect for human rights and international laws and conventions, this, in our humble opinion is just a bunch of disasters waiting to happen."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4775335.stm
http://www.shanghaiist.com/archives/2006/08/10/china_to_allow.php