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January 30, 2014

Endangered species Dear editor: On 01/13/14, the Times Observer ran an article regarding the permit to hunt an endangered black rhino, in the African nation of Namibia, that had been auctioned off b......

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Jan-30-14 6:55 PM

I am all for hunting. I get about keeping the animal population in check. This just seems wrong. Killing an old animal that is near extinct? There doesn't seem to be much sport in that. It's too bad that the big mouths at PETA don't cough up the money for this instead of whining about Obama swatting a fly.

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Jan-30-14 9:57 AM

The term "murder" is not legally or factually applicable to animals. It only pertains to a human killing another human.

It is simply another example of emotional rhetoric used by the anti hunting crowd when there is no science or facts to support their claims.-----Now, the anti's who have threatened the lives of the folks and their families involved in arranging the auction is wrong, very wrong. It is also illegal which the hunt is not.

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Jan-30-14 9:19 AM

just because someone has the ability to do something should he do it. This guy wants to hunt an elderly animal and murder it. this is wrong this is very wrong.

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Jan-30-14 8:12 AM

BTW--Namibia's parks and reserves ARE NOT high fenced just as our parks and forests are not.

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Jan-30-14 7:38 AM

Another emotional letter from a perhaps well meaning but grossly uninformed reader regarding hunting.

1. Regulated hunting is not, and never has been the cause of the decline of any species in the world. Illegal poaching by poor people in African countries is the root cause of their species decline.

2. The cash strapped Namibia Government welcomes the money to be used to hire game wardens and other methods to protect the rhinos and other wildlife from poachers. Trophy hunting and the money it brings in is the main source of funds to support conservation in most poor countries.

The anti hunting organizations just use emotional laden rhetoric to solicit donations from well meaning but uninformed folks. If these folks would instead donate that money to conservation they could actually do some good.

How big a check did the writer sent to the Namibian government?

Many REAL conservation groups support this as a way to fund efforts to increase wildlife

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