Would you pay $350,000 to put your family's life in danger AND murder an endangered species??
Sounds kinda way ridiculous but that's pretty much what's going on for Corey Knowlton.
Knowlton paid $350,000 to the Dallas Safari Club Auction for a super rare permit to hunt an endangered black rhino.
Animal conservationists everywhere are freaking out that this hunting permit even exists.
Knowlton has tried to explain to his critics how letting him buy the permit has sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to a cause that will actually SAVE more black rhinos, but also how it's okay to kill one… as long as it's specific.
The Namibian government has apparently picked out specific rhinos that can and SHOULD be killed because they're not only too old to breed but they're also grumpy old men who pose an actual threat to healthy, young rhinos.
"One of the other ear-tagged killer rhinos is going to injure it. And then either lions or hyenas are going to drag it down. It's going to die [in] a horrible manner, slowly."
So hunting it is actually more humane and good for the species??
Regardless of how sound his logic is, that hasn't stopped the death threats from rolling in!
"I have people threatening to kill me right now. I'm having to talk to the FBI and have private security to keep my children from being skinned alive and shot at."
Jeez! What?! That's crazy!
The comments on his Facebook page range from "You are a BARBARIAN. People like you need to be the innocent that are hunted" to "I find you and I will KILL you."
Whoa… those kind of threats are not to be taken lightly.
We know the FBI will keep him safe but jeez, is it really all worth it?
Just to be able to kill an endangered species?
What do U think??
[Image via AP Images.]
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