I experienced a black rhino in South Africa in April. I and my companions had walked a long way for several days, through thick scrub, up hill and down, across rivers, slept under the stars and kept watch by the fire at night. Mr. Knowlton probably wouldn't have the balls to do that. And I didn't have a gun (although the guides did but only as a last resort, a very last resort). I shot my black rhino with my camera - the only way to shoot an animal. My trip was about preserving wildlife by seeing it, by appreciating their value as living creatures who create and maintain the landscape within which they live. The rhino I saw is doing more for her kind and the environment that Mr. Knowlton has done and will ever do.
Apologies to the Rhino Hunter
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."
But 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.
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.
@CarolineMason Nicely put lass :-)
I concur totally with you Louise. This scum and the good old bad old US of frigging A is despised the world over, and reviled to the point of contempt, and they have the audacity to wonder why!
The people making the laws in the USA should be put against a wall and shot and replaced by those who care. And believe you me , the USA is fast becoming so hated by the world community , as much as the Nazis , these people should start watching their backs because the reason why the Hunting Channels exists and the massacring is being done by people like Corey Knowlton in Poor Unprotected countries is because those elected into power are protecting this evil .
Corey Knowlton who represents the USA Arms Trade corruption and DSC who Lobbies Congress to manipulate African Counties through overseas funding and WWF charity: to maintain a hunting stance of animals that have between 5 and 10 years left on the planet
NOT EVEN THE AFRICAN PEOPLE WANT COREY KNOWLTON AND DSC IN AFRICA they want them out out they are powerless to do anything because the African leaders are blackmailed to offer Trophy Hunting or no Overseas Funding given .
So wild animals populations numbers in Africa are being exaggerated and totally compromised this is causing wildlife mass extinction, the ecosystem and food chain is collapsing .
Trophy Hunters are unregulated massacring at the side of the poachers . Many poached wild animals are actually killed by Trophy Hunters , calling it 'Poaching' is smokescreen whereby CITES and The African Officials are bribed because the African Governments have to let these USA Psychopaths and Sadists in and the wealthy USA citizens give the Officials lots of money for killing there: pregnant females , young animals from almost extinct populations can be explained away as being 'poached' when the truth is that not one person or organisation involved publicly is trustworthy , The WWF have their own Trophy Hunting Safaris in SA and Namibia can you believe that the Director of the WWF Chris Weaver is directly benefiting from massacring wildlife into extinction being head of a charity as he is in partnership with DSC ?
Nothing is out of reach to these USA psychopaths who are destroying Africa for entertainment !
This exploitation and rape is happening in Africa by Trophy collectors who massacre wildlife into extinction because the laws in the USA are allowing it to happen it is pure evil and greed that is destroying our planet and we are going to lose every Land Giant on earth in one generation because of psychopaths in power and people with money wild 'Land Giants that have walked the earth for over 20 million years.
THe USA Armstrade and DSC own the USA and the Mainstream Media who are the main educators of the masses , which is a diet of propaganda and lies .
I can only see one solution now . a total and complete global uprising where many people die to over throw this evil. And there will be those who personally remove people like Corey Knowlton and his family permanently.
That will be called real Conservation .
- See more at: http://www.earthintransition.org/2014/01/apologies-to-the-rhino-hunter/#sthash.zA6LlMOV.dpuf
educateyourself: "Animal conservation is regulated and needed by predators".
Yes, human predators, aka hunters. Here we have yet another ignorant psychopathic hunting bullshitter at work.
stop your emotional ignorant pounce to judge. look up your local conservation state laws and talk to a park representative
you cant be from the outside looking in... if you have outrage.. then study it... get over your attention span and look past the sad mean headline from silly websites like this
Nice article and unlike the pro trophy hunter who commented with so many misguided assumptions, I agree that killing an critically endangered animal under the guise of 'animal conservation' is nothing more than a cheap excuse to get what they want by a bunch of rich hunters. And to set the record straight, my statements are not about being anti-hunting so let's take that argument off the table.
The question I have to all so called hunters who kill under the guise of conservation is, "how low do the numbers of a species have to be before the trophy hunters will agree not to pull the trigger?". We are down to less than about 5,000 black rhinos left on the planet.
If Corey was a true conservationist, why didn't he donate the $350-k to animal conservation and use that money to relocate the supposed 'problem rhino' to a place where it could be used to attract tourists which could help sustain the locals. There are so many ways that money could have been used, including to help the local villagers. I'm just saying...
@OMG Kids i don't know what state you live in, but there are different reasons for hunting certain animals. animal conservation is regulated and needed by predators... .in the history of conservation we have learned that humans must help regulate through hunting. take a course in agriculture, conservation, and hunting.... emotions for teddy bears since your were 3 doesn't count
@OMG Kids @educateyourself do you understand how conservation works? do you understand that an older male rhino kills many younger male rhinos for breeding rights? Animal conservation revolves around hunting. there are rules for legal hunting that allows young males to mate with females without interference with the dominant older males. look up your local state rules for hunting before you post an article like this. it's unfortunate that an older animal has to die, however it allows for many more generations of species to exist. - See more at: http://www.earthintransition.org/2014/01/apologies-to-the-rhino-hunter/#sthash.WWEW1lBU.dpuf
Corey ate the animal along with multiple villages. Trophy hunting is not even a relevant term in this case. Stop picking a team and cheering for it out of ignorance and accusing me of trophy hunting to champion support. As far as your suggestion of removing it from the rhino population goes, I agree that would be a good option. Do you want to be removed from human population when you get old?
@educateyourself Yeah - invasion of the flesh-eating zombies.
For me atleast, I only hunt for meat and I actally quit hunting for 5 years because it felt wrong somehow. I started again after I seen the conditions that farm animals live in. I couldn't participate in it, far too cruel. So I went hunting again, and when I killed the deer I felt a connection to the animal I never felt before, I saw the thousands of generations of deer that gave sustenance to thousands of generations of predators, humans included. And though I felt contrition for taking a life it is necessary as an omnivore and I feel it is better then obtaining my animal products from farming operations where the death of the animal is almost an act of clemency. Even as a vegetarian/vegan you have to deal with the fact that farmers via combines kill untold numbers of rodents and even fawn deer (when they are young and sense danger they instinctually lay down and hide). Living as a human is not karma free. I remember hearing a Tibetan monk talking about their carnivorous diets compared to other Buddhist sects. He said "One death feeds many". I follow that principle, I kill one deer a year and that is the meat my wife and I eat for the year (we do cheat and eat fish from time to time). I took a deer who has lived its 5 years of existence in the wild (deer don't live much longer then 5 years) and because I practice diligently, I am able to take the deer's life within seconds. In a perfect world this wouldn't be necessary but if you wear leather or eat meat (or grain for that matter) you are complicit in the death of animals.
That argument about older males killing younger males is absolute BS! I have personally offered Corey, the dickless wonder, the opportunity to sell his permit to me, so that we can relocate the animal. He refused, opting for murder instead.
Another fact: the rhino he killed eventually wasn't the one he bought a permit for. In fact, it wasn't even a rhino from the same district!
Lies, deceit, and more lies, all to satisfy his bloodlust.
You can argue as much as you like, we can all smell from which end your statements are spouted.
Get your ass out from behind the TV and Educate YOURself.
Ignorant Yank scum that you are...
Stay out of Africa you asshole!
Yes. Hunters have been conserving rhinos so efficiently that there are less than 5000 black rhinos left.
You must be a special kind of inbred hick? Is Corey your uncle and your cousin?
@AntonLouw I'm sure you are good at what you do Anton and a pretty intelligent person. But, from reading your statements on here, you are obviously are not in control of your emotions. And you cannot expect to change peoples minds by acting so childish and insulting. From what I've read about Black Rhino's, Black rhinos will fight each other, and they have the highest rates of mortal combat recorded for any mammal: about 50% of males and 30% of females die from combat-related injuries. Don't you think the species need the most violent to be removed from the population?
do you understand how conservation works? do you understand that an older male rhino kills many younger male rhinos for breeding rights? Animal conservation revolves around hunting. there are rules for legal hunting that allows young males to mate with females without interference with the dominant older males. look up your local state rules for hunting before you post an article like this. it's unfortunate that an older animal has to die, however it allows for many more generations of species to exist.
on a side note... if the writer was actually trying to educate, he/she would include that every dollar Knowlton bid/paid was intended and went to preservation of future rhinos in said country. Because the killing of Rhinos are illegal there, the top conservationists of Rhinos in the WORLD agreed that this old Rhino needed to die in order for future young rhinos to mate with the most females. And, due to awesome anti-poaching Rhino laws, local tribes and communities suffer for lack of protien. But those laws exist to protect the Rhino also. So after the death of this old Rhino and it's meat donated, future generations of Rhino's can continue, and dozens of local villages consumed legal meat that they could have never consumed without their cooperation with Rhino conservationists. - See more at: http://www.earthintransition.org/2014/01/apologies-to-the-rhino-hunter/#sthash.CNtCUcna.dpuf
Have you been to Africa? Unless an animal is worth something, it isn't going to be around long. This particular Rhino was killing other Rhinos and was too old to breed. If they can get money to aid in the conservation of other Rhinos is that not helping them? It's counter intuitive and you have to approach it objectively not emotionally to understand it.. For me, if I am eating meat (or grain because when grain is harvested many animals die ), I should know what it is like to take an animals life and then I am not eating meat that is from a mistreated factory cow but rather from a deer that lived a free life. By the way we have been hunting as a species for oh I don't know 200,000 years. This article leaves out so much information and I can literally see the emotion coming off the page. I think for the overall welfare of animals we should be a little more open minded and a little less emotional. Also if you have never been to Africa this article is a little ridiculous because animal welfare in Africa is far different then it is here.
Comment faire payer à cet ordure le vrai prix de ce crime odieux? Comment le pourchasser jour et nuit, qu'il ressente avant sa mort les souffrances et la peur de cet animal magnifique tué pour quelques dollars offerts à ces salauds de gouvernants? Je les hais du plus profond de mon âme tous ces suppôts de Satan.
I just returned from Nepal where i spent a few hours sitting in the dark with a wild rhino in a southern jungle. How magnificent and gentle. How magical it was. This hunter is an ignorant, blood thirsty bastard and should be hunted down in the same manner he does wild animals.
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!!"
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.
"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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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.
Please share and help the animals against stupid and lying hunters:
In a private message on Face Book Corey Knowlton said - "I do not know a lot about Conservation."
That would about explain it all.
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 .
@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 @AliceSusanHarding Haven't you heard how it's now common to use helicopters to kill animals in Africa and in the US?
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
@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...
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 .
Mr Knowlton got himself a real bargain at $350K - the hunters were throwing around figure like 2 million before the auction, all for the conservation of the rhino apparently. They didn't get anywhere near that much, maybe that is an indication that there was not much support after all
That is correct, he did get a bargain, but the 2 mil is not U$ 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.
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!
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 @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 .
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
@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
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 @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.
@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 : email@example.com my Phonenumber is 0829099166 lets see how big you are .
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
@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!
@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 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.
@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.