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Kill a rhino — for conservation!
A safari club auctions off a license to kill an endangered species in the name of conservation — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation
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Texas safari club is raising money for endangered black rhinoceroses by auctioning off a permit to hunt and kill one in Namibia. Despite criticism, Dallas Safari Club director Ben Carter insists the DSC is committed to conservation and says the permit may raise $500,000. "This is about saving the black rhino," Carter said. Whoever wins the permit to kill the black rhino, he said, will be "someone who wants to make a major statement about how much they believe in conservation."

Samantha Rollins is TheWeek.com's news editor. She has previously worked for The New York Times and TIME and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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