Man pays US$350 000 to kill a rhino


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Corey Knowlton, a consultant for a hunting outfit in the United States, Hunting Consortium Ltd, paid a staggering US$350 000 to kill a black rhino. He won the Dallas Safari Club’s auction for a permit to kill the rhino in Namibia, reports said today. There was wide speculation that Knowlton, who co-hosts a hunting show, was not rich enough to afford the hunt and could be fronting for someone else but he reportedly confessed on facebook that he was the winning bidder. There was also an outcry from conservationists including Zimbabwean Johnny Rodrigues about the hunt as black rhinos are an endangered species. “Thank you all for your comments about conservation and the current situation regarding the black rhino. I am considering all sides and concerns involved in this unique situation,” Knowlton wrote on his facebook page. “Please don’t rush to judgment with emotionally driven criticism towards individuals on either sides of this issue. I deeply care about all of the inhabitants of this planet and I am looking forward to more educated discussion regarding the ongoing conservation effort for the black rhino.”

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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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