The recent sale of a hunting permit for a black rhino in Namibia has angered conservationists. As the global trade in animal parts booms, DW examines the issues and visits regions where the animals are sourced.
A permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia sold for $350,000 (256,166 euros) at an auction in Dallas on Saturday (11.01.14) with proceeds apparently going to protect endangered animals.
The license allows for the killing of a single rhino bull which is older than normal breeding age. Namibian wildlife officials will monitor the hunt to make sure an appropriate animal is selected.
The Dallas Safari Club launched the hunting permit auction during its annual convention and says the sale will provide a cash-strapped Namibian government with the funds they need to fight poachers.
The illegal hunting of animals, especially in Africa, remains a worldwide problem however. Animal parts can often fetch huge amounts of money on the black market.