October 29, 2013 - USFWS Statement on Dallas Safari Club Auction
The Dallas Safari Club plans to auction a special hunting permit to take a black rhino. The hunting permit will be issued by the Government of the Republic of Namibia with all proceeds earmarked for rhino conservation in that country.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has not received an application to allow for the importation of a black rhino trophy associated with the Dallas Safari Club auction. Under Service regulations, the required import permit must be issued to a specific individual or company. As such, the winning bidder of the Dallas Safari Club auction must apply for and obtain the required import permit once the auction has ended.
We have provided guidance to the Dallas Safari Club and Dallas Ecological Foundation on specific criteria that must be met for the Service to consider issuing a permit for the importation of a sport-hunted black rhino trophy. For species protected under the Endangered Species Act, an import permit will be issued if, and only if, we determine that the sport-hunted trophy is taken as part of a well-managed conservation program that enhances the long-term survival of the species.
The Government of the Republic of Namibia authorizes an annual harvest of five post- reproductive male black rhinos. The Namibian government has stated that it will issue the black rhino hunting permit that will be auctioned by the Dallas Safari Club in accordance with provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
On March 28, 2013, the Service issued an import permit for a sport- hunted black rhino trophy taken in Namibia in 2009. However, the issuance of that permit does not guarantee the issuance of future permits for the import of black rhino sport-hunted trophies from Namibia or elsewhere. The review of any future applications will be based on the eligibility of the applicant, biological data of the specific black rhino being hunted, as well as any new information available at the time the application is received.
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