Block the Import of Rare Black Rhino to the US

Block the Import of Rare Black Rhino to the US

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From the AP:

US to allow trophy hunter to import body of rare black rhino
By MICHAEL BIESECKER

The full story here: https://apnews.com/07965e9d21a7428983f14fb38d6c8392

The Trump administration says it will issue permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa.

Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan, applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and Wildlife Service to import animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. Peyerk paid $400,000 to an anti-poaching program to receive permission to hunt the male rhino bull inside a Namibian national park in May 2018.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists black rhinos as a critically endangered species, with about 5,500 remaining in the wild. Nearly half of those are in Namibia, which is allowed under international convention to permit five male rhinos a year to be legally killed by hunters.

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