Black rhino hunting permit auctioned for $350,000


POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:14am

Money raised will go toward protecting the species

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; a permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino sold for $350,000 at a Dallas auction held to raise money for conservation efforts but criticized by wildlife advocates.

Steve Wagner, a spokesman for the Dallas Safari Club, which sponsored the closed-door event Saturday night, confirmed the sale of the permit for a hunt in the African nation of Namibia. He declined to name the buyer.

The Safari Club's executive director, Ben Carter, has defended the auction, saying all money raised will go toward protecting the species.

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