On top of paying $350,000 US for the right to hunt an endangered rhinoceros, Corey Knowlton now has to pay for security because he is receiving death threats.
Knowlton won the Dallas Safari Club auction to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia, a nation in Africa. CBC reports that since Knowlton’s name has been released, he has been receiving death threats to the point where he fears for his family’s safety.
The club insists the permit was auctioned in order to raise money to help protect and preserve the species. The black rhino in question is an older male, no longer breeding and has become aggressive, leading to its imminent removal regardless of whether he is hunted or not.
Thousands of comments on the morality of the hunt have been posted on-line on various websites, Facebook and Twitter accounts.