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No Import Permit for Black Rhino Parts

Animals  (tags: rhinos, Black Rhino, animalcruelty, animalrights, conservation, crime, cruelty, death, protected species, trophy hunters, endangered, extinction, humans, killed, killing, protection, sadness, slaughter, wildanimals, wildlife )

- 1630 days ago -
Urge the USFWS to deny any import permits for any animal body parts of members of protected species - now and in the future. The United States needs to send the message that we protect rhinos, and not the interests of a minority of trophy hunters.


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Slava R (1311)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 11:51 am
done thx

Teresa W (782)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 11:57 am
No Import Permit for Black Rhino Parts
You have already taken action on this alert.

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 1:16 pm
> You have already taken action on this alert.
& Thank you Sara

Michael M (60)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 1:33 pm
THANK YOU for putting this up.

I want to emphasize however, that
Brenda Tapia:

Please go to
to read the permit app review posted in the Federal Register.

Luzich and Knowlton, the two rhino killers are down at the bottom of III A.


I Want you to note also immediately underneath, concerning the Bontebok (concerning which I also commented earlier this month). This species is also highly endangered and it is equally worth your time to comment on the "sport-hunted trophies"
Here are the applicants:
Applicant: Denis Ksarnosky, Burlington, WI; PRT-47740B; Applicant: Robert Patton, Fort Worth, TX; PRT-46007B; Applicant: Austin Pipkin, Houston, TX; PRT-48390B; Applicant: Albert Seeno, Concord, CA; PRT-46538B; Applicant: Don Byrne, Montgomery, TX; PRT-47538B;


Dear Dr.Tapia,

Regarding Permits to import Endangered Species for purposes of enhancement of survival of the species,
I fail to find in the case of:

Applicant: Mark Wight, Darien, IL; PRT-41716B
that "a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species" would indeed enhance the survival of that species.

Specifically the importation of a sport hunting trophy would not, in my opinion, enhance this species survival, but instead, through publicity within the community and publications engaging in such sport hunting, would increase lethal exploitation pressure leading to increase in mortality through advertisement of the depleted species .
Such effects as: increase in hunting pressure resulting from perceived rarity have been studied, and quoting from

Rarity Value and Species Extinction: The Anthropogenic Allee Effect

Franck Courchamp mail, Elena Angulo , Philippe Rivalan , Richard J Hall , Laetitia Signoret, Leigh Bull, Yves Meinard
"The finding that rarity itself could be a criterion for immediate threat to a species because of the psychological and economic value people attach to it is, however, a new and important piece of information in the battle to preserve biodiversity. At the very least, this finding should lead to the realization that declaring a species too rare to be subjected to legal transactions could be dangerous for the species if it cannot be fully protected. "

The authors' findings suggest that in order to more successfully preserve rare and endangered species, importation of dead trophies is a practice counter to that ethic and the application should be denied.

This issue is larger than the individual seeking permit, and such scientific findings should determine U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits policy on importation of sport-hunted trophies into the USA.

Thank you,

Michael M (60)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 1:49 pm
I also modified the IDA letter, which very importantly pointed out that in addition to causing greater thirst for rare endangered species, helps to create demand for the animal which would not otherwise have existed.

(I know hunters, and they want trophies even if they did not do the killing - one asked me for the body of a wolf to whom I was deeply bonded, togo on his wall.
I include this anecdote to you so that you may understand how they rationalise and think, without any respect, understanding of love and emotion.)

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 1:49 pm
Done-thx Sara

Michael M (60)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 1:51 pm
Comment period at

closes on Dec 8. Please USE that email to comment, in addition to the IDA site as it is the only place where your voice will be heard!

Ilona V (0)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 3:12 pm
You have already taken action on this alert.
Thanks Sara. Noted.

Animae C (508)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 3:37 pm
No Import Permit for Black Rhino Parts
You have already taken action on this alert.

Thanx Sara

Shelli S (374)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 3:45 pm
We're a bunch of hypocrites, we despise poachers & the theft of ivory,yet we import rhino parts..Telling! Thanks Sara, S&N

Ana MESNER (201)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 10:19 pm
No Import Permit for Black Rhino Parts
You have already taken action on this alert.

Thank you Sara

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 3:18 am
Signed. Thanks Sara.

Jan Garen (86)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 3:44 am

Giana P (398)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 4:12 am
Noted and have already signed, thanks Sara.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 4:40 am
Only the permit for importing human parts, if there's any

Ruth C (87)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 6:25 am

Gail Ring (89)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 6:57 am

Liv B (0)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 8:40 am
No Import Permit for Black Rhino Parts
You have already taken action on this alert.
Thanks Sara

Roberto Meritoni (3)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 10:26 am
Thanks Sara signed

Stella G (403)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 12:47 pm
Grazie Sara, giÓ fatto

Leslene Dunn (84)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 11:55 pm

Monday December 1, 2014, 1:47 am
signed + noted

Karen Baker (71)
Monday December 1, 2014, 2:24 am
S&N thanks

Karl S (49)
Monday December 1, 2014, 3:55 am
Your message has been sent. Thank you for supporting us on this issue.

Thank you Sara!!

Cheryl H (91)
Wednesday December 3, 2014, 1:46 am
N+S. Thanks Sara!
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