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Apologies to the Rhino Hunter

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How could I not have realized that Corey Knowlton is risking life and limb to save the rhinos of southern Africa?

Sitting in a Las Vegas hotel, Mr. Knowlton, who has paid the Namibian government $350,000 for a permit to kill a black rhino, explained to CNN that "the thrill" of hunting down rhinos in Africa "is knowing that we are preserving wildlife resources, not for the next generation, but for eons."

Of course! Folks like Mr. Knowlton are the ones who truly understand that rhinos are more than just rhinos; they're "wildlife resources". And wildlife resources need to be protected, by being killed, so that future generations and eons of people can keep hunting them.

"I want to experience a black rhino," he continued. And he understands better than the rest of us that if you want to experience someone, the best way is to kill them. As he described it, you can "be there and be a part of it."

Mr. Knowlton calls himself a "passionate conservationist" who has already shot and killed animals from 120 different species.

Despite what it looks like, Mr. Knowlton is, in fact, saving the rhinos. His bio on The Outdoor Channel explains that he's a "passionate conservationist" who has already shot and killed animals from 120 different species. That's an impressive amount of conservation – the kind that only rich members of the Safari Club International can provide to wildlife. We should all be thanking them. (Again, my apologies for not realizing this.)

Along with $350,000-worth of "conservation", Mr. Knowlton is also providing employment for bodyguards – he's currently surrounded by them at his hotel in Vegas and wherever he goes. That's because a few people who are angry and upset that rhinos are now almost extinct are now threatening to hunt down Mr. Knowlton.

"I find you and I will KILL you," one of those people wrote on this poor man's Facebook page. “I have friends who live in the area and will have you in there (sic) sights also."

corey-knowlton-2But maybe these people aren't angry AT Mr. Knowlton. Maybe they're just concerned FOR him. Maybe they do understand that he's a true friend of the rhinos and they're trying to PROTECT the sport hunting community, just like the sport hunting community is trying to protect the rhinos.

After all, between 1996 and 2006 the number of hunters in the United States declined by 10 percent. And although it's risen a bit since then, there are still fewer hunters overall. That means the Safari Club International needs all the help it can get. So the folks who want to hunt down Mr. Knowlton are only trying to save the hunters by killing some of them.

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It's also possible that the people who want to hunt down Mr. Knowlton really love him and want to "experience" him in the same way that he loves rhinos and wants to experience them.

Mr. Knowlton seems a bit uncertain about this, however. "If I sound emotional," he told CNN, "it's because I have people threatening my kids."

Perhaps anyone applying for a hunting license should first have the "experience" of being the prey of wildlife advocates.

Well, that's what hunting's all about it, isn't it? Rhinos don't like people hunting down their kids, either – or, in this case, their fathers. (The rhino Mr. Knowlton bought the license to kill is an older male who probably has lots of children and doesn't want people threatening him and his family.)

But if all these folks from the Safari Club International really want to feel the "thrill" of hunting that Mr. Knowlton so values, they surely know there's no thrill like being at the other end of the gun.

All of which leads me to the conclusion that anyone applying for a hunting license should first have to have the "experience" of being the prey of wildlife advocates. It would not only be a thrill for the license seeker but perhaps even fun for the wildlife protectors who would never otherwise have had the thrill of killing another living being.

Altogether a win-win proposition.

74 comments
Ray
Ray

Just throwing it out there, isn't there anything out there besides Trophy/endangered animal hunting that could help compensate for his small "gender"? I mean, you know, there are monster trucks he can drive with a beer can holding, bare arm sticking out the window poses, and Rottweillers with spiked collars around their necks to ride shotgun, and there are some nice posters of blonde bikini models to adorn the living room walls. These can help you say " I'm All Man!!"

Justanother1
Justanother1

Mr. Killer is an idiot.  He shouldn't be allowed around animals.  Just because you have money doesn't mean you have a moral center of any good quality - and he's proven that with his choice of killing something that is endangered for the sake of a trophy on his wall.  Disgusting.

Trophy Hunters Are Sick
Trophy Hunters Are Sick

"So the folks who want to hunt down Mr. Knowlton are only trying to save the hunters by killing some of them"


"It's also possible that the people who want to hunt down Mr. Knowlton really love him and want to "experience" him in the same way that he loves rhinos and wants to experience them"


BRILLIANT ARTICLE - Thank you ! The NON-sense from trophy killers is abject stupidity from the dumbest level of mankind.

Joan Silaco
Joan Silaco

dear pussy apstore:  i'm sure you take away the gun out of your hand and you're just like anybody else.  the only problem is you pussies are cowards because you're afraid of facing a one in a million chance gun and you would be shitting in your pants.  so of course it's easy for you to try to intimidate everyone you meet within the state as you republicans are either too cheap to travel or the strict gun laws in some other states restrict your movement.  when you talk like that it's like using your gun as a status symbol like another person would   use their jewelry to brag or flaunt around in a fur coat!  if you're so high and mighty with your whining second amendment, then i ask you this question: which would you feel is more important: the right to own a gun or the freedom of speech?  if i was at your door i would talk you to death!  a gun only fills you with hatred. but i guess  you're a man  devoid of any thing intelligent to say. so an empty brain with a gun will have to do.  like i said, there's not too many of you. only sounds like a lot because of the gun in hand, but take it away and you have nothing but words!  joan silaco m4lucky@aol.com

Apstore
Apstore

"Perhaps anyone applying for a hunting license should first have the "experience" of being the prey of wildlife advocates." 

Feel free to send some of the "wildlife activists" my way... I'm sure the little pussies would fall dead at my doorstep pretty quickly with their big talk internet petitions. 

Hans Juergen Buchholz
Hans Juergen Buchholz

He don't know not only about conservation - he knows nothing about life  and respect for Animals .

JosieWhite
JosieWhite

In a private message on Face Book Corey Knowlton said - "I do not know a lot about Conservation."
That would about explain it all.

carolgroleau
carolgroleau

if the rhino was in the wild it would feed many wild animals  and save them from starvation,  as there are many  preditors , that kill the old and the weak . Is Mr Knowlton feeding many  animals  or people with this kill ? I do not think so .. it is a thrill kill and will be In his house after being stuffed . that is my thoughts on it .

mjCooper
mjCooper

Dear Mr. Conservationist:  Why don't you try shooting the animals with a camera? You can still employ guides and others to lead you on your hunt.  Praying for you to grow up soon.  mjCooper

Hans Juergen Buchholz
Hans Juergen Buchholz

Sorry , I have to disappoint you . The black empowerment is working and between the Africans are People the are more clever then you. Why is your fear so big , you don't display your Name or the name of your pleace , you must have a lot to hide. But by the most of with South Africans , the never work the only where standing with a cup of coffee and directed the black South Africans. But the Time is Changing also for you, Even you change your place from hunting to gamereserve you still are produce animals for the Huntingfarms.Under Ecotourismus I and the world has a different understanding .

Guest in Africa
Guest in Africa

Mr Knowlton got himself a real bargain at $350K - the hunters were throwing around figure like 2 million before the auction, all for the conservation of the rhino apparently.  They didn't get anywhere near that much, maybe that is an indication that there was not much support after all

OMG Kids
OMG Kids

Check out what One More Generation (OMG) founder Olivia wrote to Mr. Knowlton

AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

I have the money to buy rhinos, lions, elephants, wild-dogs ect and gave them a save territory where they are save from poachers.  But presumably not from canned hunters?  Despicable indeed!

You may have money but money doesn't buy decency and other precious values that you don't seem to have!

Hans Juergen Buchholz
Hans Juergen Buchholz

@Doons - Please , you look like a very clever and intelegent Guy . T o your Information , I am from Germany to trrain People of your Country. Becouse you are not able to . You standing up in the morning and look the Watherglases in your Farm and this is your work . Or please explain your profession.  Yes I have a office , but in my Company I do the machining work myself - on all Machines. You are coming from a hunting farm to a Gamefarm , you changing but not to the better . Even mabey you are one of the guy the breed the Lions and Rhinos for canned Hunting . In your posiision I would be achamed for this what I am doing , and please don't tell this work , or not work from you , like you statd you never worked in yoiur Life . But you are welcome toshow your abilitys in my Company, when you don't take this offer  then please shut up.Kind regards  Hans Juergen Buchholz

Komatipoort.   

GlandInMyHand
GlandInMyHand

You will flop him in no time at all George, if he does not have his gun to hand :-)

GeorgeGral
GeorgeGral

I too welcome Mr. Knowlton to come and experience what being hunted means. I am sure he would not feel I am a big threat. I am a 62 year old man that is overweight and slow so this should not be a big challenge. 


AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

NicoleBruck Doons "Madame, please. Rapist, Pedophiles, murderers and what ever PEOPLE do the wrongs CANNOT be treated the same as the hunter who pays for a permit to shoot a SPECIFIC animal. If you does not have ANY KNOWLEDGE  of the bush and of wildlife management. Please stay inside your 1800 cocoon."

Just because someone pays someone, it doesn't mean it is not murder.  Money changes hands over murders all the time. They are still murders.  It's still rape too, raping a country of its resources is perfectly valid and correct English.  As to pedophiles, er, I didn't actually mention them.

While like the many others who are very concerned about what is happening with mankind negatively interfering with nature, GMOs and crop-spraying etc., I am no expert, I do have enough knowledge and intelligence to see that the experts - that is not the ones doing the negative interference but the ones who have no vested interest and want to see nature thrive - are saying that killing wildlife is having a very detrimental effect on the whole system.  For one such article please Google "Carnivore cleansing is damaging ecosystems, scientists warn".  

There are far too many uneducated murdering controlling big-mouths around who say that anyone who supports animal rights is a PETA-loving treehugger with mental issues which is nowhere even near true and they are bullying everyone else into letting them have their own way which is to slaughter everything that moves regardless and enjoying it too
.  Horrible!


Apstore
Apstore

@AliceSusanHarding K, how the fuck do you kill an animal from miles away? With a tomahawk missile? And you really think she goes to Africa so she can post to facebook? What about the hundreds of years Americans and Europeans hunted in Africa before Facebook? Or before Cameras even existed? 

Apstore
Apstore

@mjCooper Only 4 of the 11 safari parks in Africa are financially viable without hunting. The rest are majority funded by money from hunting. I hope you grow up soon and donate to the animals so that changes if that is your wish.... Otherwise shut your hypocrite mouth... 

Doons
Doons

@Guest in Africa 

That is correct, he did get a bargain, but the 2 mil is not U$ but N$ and the converted amount is N$3.5 mil.

Just remember that you cannot buy a black rhino in Namibia, it belongs to goverment.

Doons
Doons

@AliceSusanHarding 

Madame....please wake up and stop showing your stupidity. 

There is NO hunting taken place on our reserve. We WERE a hunting farm 5 years back, but I do understand the reason why the permit was granted to hunt the specific Rhino........and you don't!!!

When is it canned hunt??

My money doesn't have to buy decency nor values, I does have that, that is why we spent $700 000 last year to relocate elephants that we dying of not having enough water. IT HAS COST ME MONEY, NOT MAKING MONEY!!

PLEASE if your values and decency are better than mine towards wildlife.......bring your money, values and decency to protect and conserve wildlife. 

Doons
Doons

@Hans Juergen Buchholz @Doons 

Hans I'm an Electrical Engineer that got my degree from an South African University.

But that is the difference between me and you. You still need to work on your machine because you can do nothing else.

I challenge you to do what I have did.  Buy your farm, buy rhino's, lions, elephants, leopards, hippos ect and be successful.

If you can't, please shut up and go back to Germany.

Doons
Doons

@AliceSusanHarding  

Madame, Do you have  any wild animals??? Do you have rhinos, leopards, lions ect??? If you don't have and you said that aren't an expert,  I do have enough knowledge and intelligence, where did you get your knowledge?? in books?? FIRST HAND experience is that counts. And unfortunately that is what I do have.

Please don't get me wrong, I'm definitely NOT FOR the senseless murder of animals that nobody benefits, but I know WHY somethings must be done.

Hans Juergen Buchholz
Hans Juergen Buchholz

@Doons @AliceSusanHarding I am shur a clever Guy like you shut spend this money to make dams or boreholes. Or when you have not genough wather on your Farm - Why you have Elephants ? You are not to clever and you think Money buys everythink . You shut have done a proper assessment befor you start - but the white South Africans allways learn mabey by mistake . And some don't even learn from there mistakes .

AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

@Doons  Just because you have money that doesn't mean you have a brain, a heart or a conscience, because you have none of them you effing zombie.  


I can think of no better punishment than all the people who hate you being responsible for your welfare and IMPRISONING then HUNTING you. 


We'd be sure to make it an absolutely unforgettable experience.

Hans Juergen Buchholz
Hans Juergen Buchholz

@Doons @Hans Juergen Buchholz Doons, I will not go back to Germany - I have to stop People like you. My work is my Passion  working and teaching and I have to do it in this country because you never didn't to your People even with a degree. By the Way I have 3 Engineer degree and a masterdegree in mechanical Engineering . But this is not the problem. The Problem is , that people like the trophaehunters destroying our wildlife for the Fun of killing people.Yes you make a lot of Money from the Hunters ( without working yourself).How mutch of this money you gave back to Conservation ?

Please with proof.

I spend every month R 10 000 . oo for Conservation , I know this is not a lot but with this I am able to help a little bit . 

Iam not a millionaer , but the money I have - I can be proud of . This came tru my work and my teaching in mechanical Engineering . I will be not able to buy a Rhino , Elephant or Lion and I don't want to - because this Animals belong in to the Wild and Natur - I like to achive that my Grandchildren still are able to experience a Rhino , Elephant ,Lion or any Animal in the Wild not in a 5000 hektar fenced Farm. End on the end the old Animals will be shot from Hunters with 6.7,8or more shots in the animal is still suffering . and for what to put the head against a wall.

Yes you will say this is correct, because you make a living from it - you lost propely your knowledge of your electrical degree. 

Why you stay anonym , Doons , what is your name and where is your Farm you don't like to come to my Company but I like to meet you. I like to see how clever you are and what for big Guy you are. My e-mail is  :  hans@germanpropshaft.co.za  my Phonenumber is  0829099166 lets see how big you are . 

AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

@Doons @Hans Juergen Buchholz  You are not successful.  You are a shame to the human race  People like you deserve to rot in hell.  Excuse me if I sound angry but I've just been looking at some of the pictures of wonderful animals slaughtered by stupid inbred freaks of nature like you cater for.  Blood is on your hands, the blood of innocents and hope you pay every penny of the price in pure unadulterated suffering. 


Everyone who is involved in this slaughter of OUR wildlife is wicked and perhaps beyond redemption.  Does God even care what happens to you? ALL the creatures you have taken a a part in MURDERING are God's creatures, the Bible says so.  And GOD IS BOSS what he says GOES, not what you think you stupid excuse for an idiot.  You are boil on the ass of humanity, and a total waste of oxygen.


The holocaust didn't end, it just changed species and people like you are the effing Nazi SS.  I just hope and pray that you tried for your crimes, locked up and never, ever get out.  

I am sure the rest of the world who are normal human beings and despise you for what you have done will be happy to arrange to lose the keys forever. You may get fed and watered just enough to keep you live.  Bread with maggots and piss water.  And that's too good for you.  Don't expect anyone to have any pity on you because I don't think ANYONE would.




Hans Juergen Buchholz
Hans Juergen Buchholz

@Doons @AliceSusanHarding Doons where you get your knowledge from , Trophae hunting is killing - for the purpose of Fun. Show this to your children and explain you have to do it

I don't understand your feelings to kill animals like Rhino , Elephant ,Lions , Leopard  when you kill it eat please !

Doons
Doons

@Hans Juergen Buchholz @Doons @AliceSusanHarding 

Hans, for a guy that owns a shop like yours must have more brains than what you have. I'm sure that the majority of the work and money that you earn with that shop comes from white South Africans.

We have enough water on the farm, that is why were had brought the elephants and they are for ecotourism 

AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

@Doons @AliceSusanHarding No you are the one who is rotten.  What you do is rotten.  Is there anything about you that isn't rotten?  Stained with the blood of those beautiful innocents. Corrupting children too and teaching them to hurt and kill at a time when they need to be taught to love and nurture. Douchebag!

Irmgard
Irmgard

@Doons @Hans Juergen Buchholz  BIG DIFFERENCE DOON!  So glad you explained to us that you don't allow the hunting to take place on your property anymore, but that instead you put them through the stress of capture and transport to other hunting "farms" so they can shoot them there! You're such a changed person!  

Doons
Doons

@Hans Juergen Buchholz @Doons 

Once again, We are NO longer a hunting farm but a private owned game reseve.......SO WE DO NOT ALLOWED HUNTING, but we sell animals that are at the end of their life to hunting farms. Our reserve is x14 of what you have in mind.

My grandchild can experience a rhino, elephant, lion, giraffe, Kudu, oryx or what ever he wants, from my house.......AND NOT ONE OF THEM ARE TAMED ANIMALS.......THEY ARE ALL WILD


By the way Hans, how many HUMAN blood are on the hands of the Germans?? Jewish, Herero???? Woman Children, humans with feelings, emotions and a brain to think???


I will definitely call you, NOT scared at all  

Apstore
Apstore

@AliceSusanHarding @Doons @Hans Juergen Buchholz So, let me sort out the amount of stupid in your rant here. "this slaughter of OUR wildlife" so here you own the wildlife, which I find odd. "are God's creatures, the Bible says so." So now they are God's creatures? You just said they are yours... or "ours"... which is it?   

So, to my last point in your idiocy.... You are wishing harm on human beings. And with explicit detail no less. I'm sure you can get a small grasp of the hypocrisy you are spouting here, right? Your apparent desperation is a sign of weakness. I am sure you made this man feel absolutely nothing but a stronger resolve for himself due to that fact.  

Irmgard
Irmgard

@AliceSusanHarding @Doons @Hans Juergen Buchholz  I cried when I watched this video and felt the inner and outer beauty of the animals and the humans, and I cry when I read about or watch what the other type of humans do to animals. And I wonder, what is it that makes humans so different? And all I can think of is that it must have something to do with the level of evolution. There are those who are not much different from the ancient cave-dwellers in their mentality, who are still so un-evolved that they can only see things in terms of killing whether it be to fill their stomach or for the thrill of it. I want to feel compassion for them for how pathetically stunted they are, but my compassion for the animals they mindlessly kill gets the better of me. 


I read of a duck hunter who for many years killed for the thrill of the hunt and for the meat, he actually wrote a poem about his experience of killing the mate of a Canada goose who would not leave the side of it's downed and dying mate after the hunter shot it out of the sky.  In his poem he describes the lamenting sounds of the mate who he knew was grieving and this touched a nerve in him. The experience changed him and from that day he gave up hunting altogether. Sometimes, it takes a certain experience to  turn on that spark of understanding that all creatures value life, and that their lives are of value.  In some cases, maybe all we can do is hope that the seemingly heartless people will one day find their heart. 


Thank you for sharing this beautiful video, Alice Susan Harding.

Doons
Doons

@AliceSusanHarding 

Madame, I really think you have a problem with life and the world.

Why don't you shoot yourself, then we can live in peace with nature and the world don't have to be such a evil place.

If you have a bible, please go and read it, God will give you answers and peace in your hart to live with this evil world of His.


AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

And what are you rotten excuses for the lowest of human beings going to do when you find out that at least half the rest of the world are of a similar mindset?  Are you going to be able to call them all wankers and wankeresses?  


Or maybe it is you that is wrong?  Maybe you are snivelling greedy amoral treacherous douchebags who have betrayed the rest of us - animal and human - who have been given this wonderful place to enjoy as our home full of wonderful plants and creatures.  You evil bastards are turning it into a disgusting bloodbath of pain and suffering.  I'm including factory farming here which is also a shameful disgrace.  Children starving because the grain that would save their lives is being fed to cattle to feed people who are already far too fat and greedy anyway.


It's not too late to change your ways.  There are those who have repented of their wickedness and gone from poaching and trophy hunting and other evil practices - which are all much of a muchness in that they are all evil whichever way you want to look at it - into true conservation which is caring for, loving and respecting nature and giving it a place to be and stop trying to shape it, control it and change it.   It's the only home they have you stinking greedy selfish hedonistic bastards.  

And guess what, conservation is not taxidermy.  It's not breeding the animals for people to shoot either?


If you can't reform yourself then why don't you go shoot yourself and do the animals and the rest of us a huge favour?

Doons
Doons

@AliceSusanHarding 

I do not think the real thing wants you!!!!!

YES Germany's history is really interesting......How many Jewish were killed?? Drilled into gas chambers, woman, children. How many Herero's were kill in SWA??

And I'm not living in the US.

AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

@AliceSusanHarding Well I'd rather live in England or Germany than GM US. At least England and Germany have many wonderful old bulidings and castles and lots of interesting history.  Disney based Disneyland on Germany but he made a rotten job of it, and it's more like crapland churning out tons of bilge.  I'd much rather have the real thing.  Thanks all the same.

Doons
Doons

@AliceSusanHarding @Doons @Hans Juergen Buchholz 

Alice just for the record, maybe my education were better than yours. I do have an Electrical Engineer grade.

But that is how your stupidity comes to the fore, this has nothing to do with education!!

I have the money to buy rhinos, lions, elephants, wild-dogs ect and gave them a save territory where they are save from poachers. THAT IS MY LIFE AND THE WAY I HAVE GROW UP AND WHAT I DO WITH MY MONEY,

What you with yours???? writing senseless arguments about a rhino that you knew nothing about 

AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

@Doons @Hans Juergen Buchholz @AliceSusanHarding  Just one of the things that there is to dislike about you trophy hunters is that you are so extraordinarily arrogant.  You think you know everything about everybody who opposes you.  If you get an education then you will be able to argue your invalid points more intelligently than just dismissing the people who disagree with the horrible things that you do as PETA-loving treetards who sit around all day.  Probably about two-thirds or three-quarters or more of the world's population are against what you are doing, just because you can because you have the money.  You will go down in history as being barbaric hedonistic ignoramuses that the world would have been better off without.  Get a life and grow up.  In the meantime take a lesson from a real man as on this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvwHHMEDdT0

AliceSusanHarding
AliceSusanHarding

@Hans Juergen Buchholz @Doons @AliceSusanHarding Yes, eat it and I hope it poisons you.  Sorry, not very Christian but then neither are you.  That's one of the things that amazes me about you extraordinarily arrogant people who think you know everything about everyone.  Anyone who opposes the wicked things that you do is a PETA loving treetard who sits around all day.  Get a brain and then you will be able to attempt to put your invalid points across more intelligently.

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