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Dallas Club Cancels African Elephant Hunt

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African Elephant Hunt Called Off By Texas Club Amid Pressure
Elephant populations in Africa have declined by as much as 95 percent in the past century.
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Amid pressure from animal welfare groups and protestors, the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) has canceled plans to auction off an African elephant hunt after the donor for the hunt withdrew his donation. The club had initially planned to auction the hunt at its annual convention and expo last weekend.

The club, which last year auctioned off a black rhino hunt, came under harsh criticism from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). “Elephants are in enough danger as it is, with one being killed every 15 minutes for its ivory tusks,” Jeffrey Flocken, IFAW North American regional director, said in a statement. The $350,000 in proceeds from last year’s auction were given to the Namibian government to fund conservation efforts; a similar donation plan was initially in place for this year’s money. But Flocken says the donation isn’t a sufficient offset to the hunt. “To offer a wealthy trophy hunter the chance to kill an elephant and then call it conservation really is beyond baffling,” he said.

Read more: http://www.outsideonline.com/1806886/dallas-club-cancels-african-elephant-hunt

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