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.
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 .
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
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
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!
@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
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.
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!
The people who are naive or deluded enough to believe that the money hunters bring to Africa is going to conservation obviously don't have a clue about the extent of the corruption there. Or else they are deliberately misrepresenting the truth.
With all its natural resources, Africa ought to have been a rich country. For example, the diamond mines, and the fabulous amount of oil in Nigeria.
As always, the greedy minority grab everything for themselves and leave the rest wanting. Like Jacob Zuma who recently spent USD 21 miilion of government money on refurbishing his housing complex.
The money Africa earns from hunting - most tourists are not hunters - is a paltry sum in comparison and when the animals are gone - and the way things are going that will happen soon - Africa will be so very much poorer than it was before the hunters came.
If it wasn't for the corruption of the few rich and powerful politicians and businessmen who are profiting from all this, hunters would never be permitted to rape Africa in the way they are doing now. As it is they are being granted - buying - licences to kill - and who is selling those licences? Those very same rich corrupt politicians and businessmen.
To all the Hunters , I try to understand your behaivior to kill animals like Rhino or Elephants . You state you love them and then you kill this animals for Fun and expirienz to put it later against the Wall . I think you all love your Familys aswell, you will go the same Way ?
When you think to kill one Rhino in order to help the others , way you don't kill one homeless Guy in order to help the other Homeless. You realy think this is Logic?
From the 673 Million dollars ( in Question ) how mutch money is going to conservation ? Show me the Accounts !
Hunters provide 6.2 billion rand, or about 673 million dollars, in South Africa every year.
If you are so against hunting, I simply ask you to raise that money yourself and help fund conservation and anti poaching efforts. Best of luck.
Wildlife management, population control and wildlife conservation are euphemisms for killing–hunting, trapping and fishing for fun. A percentage of the wild animal population is specifically mandated to be killed. Hunters want us to believe that killing animals equals population control equals conservation, when in fact hunting causes overpopulation of deer, the hunters’ preferred victim species, destroys animal families, and leads to ecological disruption as well as skewed population dynamics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@AliceSusanHarding I don't think anyone is delusional. The hunters (and their clubs) merely pretend that it will go to conservation so that they can go about their murderous obsessions whilst attempting to fool other people that they are actually doing good instead of being destructive. Yes, there is corruption. We all know that. These people do not care if the animals go extinct. If they cared, they wouldn't be shooting them.
@Chase Bailey THere's a whole lot more money coming from eco-toruism and photo safaris than there is from hunters. Get a grip, doll.
@Chase Bailey Chase - And safari tourism where people go look at wildlife and just take photos brings in much more money than that - R62 billion rand a year!!!
How about we allow pedophiles to pay large amounts of money to rape toddlers. We can sell these licenses and then the money raised can be used to help other victims of pedophiles. Good idea, right? Lets start with your child, OK?
And lets have rapists buy licenses where they can rape a woman and then the license money will be used to help other victims of rape. Let start with your wife / girlfriend / mother/ sister, OK?
And if you feel it is OK to hunt down innocent beings, who have every right to live, why don't you let us hunt you down. Fair is fair. Good riddance.
@Chase Bailey you honestly think that money is going to conservation...if thats even the real figure?
@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 .
@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.
@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 : firstname.lastname@example.org my Phonenumber is 0829099166 lets see how big you are .
@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, 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 @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!
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
@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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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
@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
@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.