In January 2014 Breitbart News reported that Corey Knowlton had received repeated death threats after winning the Dallas Safari Clubs (DSC) chance to shoot a black rhino in the southern African nation of Namibia. His children received death threats as well.
While the tension surrounding the hunt never completely disappeared, the vitriol did dissipate somewhat when protesters realized the hunt was not going to happen unless the US Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) approved of bringing the rhino taxidermy back to the US.
On March 26, 2015, the Service announced their approval for bringing the taxidermy back, thus the hunt is on.
According to the Service’s announcement, it was after “excessive assessment” that they decided hunting black rhinos in their “country of origin is well-regulated, sustainable, and benefits conservation of the species in question.” Ironically, this is the same argument Knowlton and other supporters of the hunt were making when death threats began being iterated.
In a move that may be designed to stem the tide of a rebirth of outrage over the black rhino hunt, the same announcement that approved the black rhino taxidermy also extended the ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe.
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