Rhino hunter gets praise and hate

2014-01-15 00:00

FACEBOOKERS have both praised and lambasted Corey Knowlton from Texas on his page after the professional hunter from America admitted he was the anonymous hunter who had bid almost R4 million to hunt a black rhino in Namibia.

One More Generation, a NGO promoting the conservation of threatened species, on Monday revealed Knowlton was the top bidder at the auction in Dallas over the weekend.

A hunting permit to shoot a black rhino in Namibia was sold for $350 000 (about R3,75 million).

The auction had been widely criticised by natur­e activists. Steve Wagner, spokesperson for the Dallas Safari club that hosted the closed auction, had refused to name the highest bidder.

The Associated Press earlier reported that Ben Carter, executive director of the club, defended the auction, saying the proceeds will be used to help increase the numbers black rhinos.

Carter said the rhino that would be hunted was an old bull that could not be used to breed any more.

He said there were about 1 800 black rhinos in Namibia. Knowlton asked on Facebook that people should not judge the situation to quickly and emotionally.

He posted that he cared deeply for the planet and looked forward to more informed discussions around the conservation of the black rhino.

Although he got a lot of support, more people castigated and insulted him.

Laura Munro posted that anyone who could shoot beautiful animals for fun was sick in the head.

Michael Gill, a South African, asked why Knowlton did not rather donate the money for rhino conservation in South Africa.

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