Of Rhinos and Wolves: More Outrage from a Clueless Administration

29 Apr
A HIGHLY ENDANGERED black rhino and her calf

A HIGHLY ENDANGERED black rhino and her calf

When I first read the headline a week ago about an American trophy “hunter” that received approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to import the dead body of a HIGHLY ENDANGERED black rhino that he slaughtered in Africa any aith that I had left in our president concerning wildlife disappeared. Even less surprising is that the wealthy trophy killer hails from the kill everything state of Wisconsin. Not content being able to kill just about every living creature in Wisconsin, David Reinke, traveled to Namibia in 2009 to kill a HIGHLY ENDANGERED black rhino all under the guise of “conservation.” Not content just using the ridiculous “conservation” argument this guy even had the nerve to claim that he was “saving” other rhinos from being injured by killing the 34 year old male rhino. I didn’t know whether to laugh or vomit when I read Reinke trying to justify killing this highly endangered animal. From the article:

David K. Reinke says he’s committed to saving the endangered black rhinoceros.

So the Madison businessman traveled to Namibia where he contributed about $200,000 to a trust fund there — and shot and killed a black rhino.

Reinke said killing the rhino, a 34-year-old sterile male that he shot with a .375 H&H Magnum rifle, actually helped the species, of which only about 4,000 are left in the wild, by reducing fighting injuries and deaths among male rhinos and encouraging rhino reproduction.

“This is a scientific issue,” Reinke said in an interview. “Don’t forget, the important thing here is to save the rhino.”

Reinke, the president and CEO of Liberty Parts Team, a Madison printer parts wholesale company, is the first American in more than 30 years allowed to import a black rhino trophy. That’s put him at the center of an international controversy over trophy hunting and endangered species, and what role — if any — rhino and other big-game hunting can play in conservation efforts.

The old “we kill them so they don’t die” argument. Give me a freaking break! If this guy is so “concerned” about “saving” the species why not just donate to a real conservation effort and not traveling across the world to blow away an endangered species? And just like our inept DNR and the killing cartels in Wisconsin, Reinke has to throw around the word “science” to justify his trophy killing of this ENDANGERED SPECIES.

How much lower can the Obama Administration fo when it comes to wildlife? On top of this outrage, they want to strip all of the remaining protections for the gray wolf in the United States, except for the struggling Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico.This is a fast track to a second eradication that the wolf hating states in this country are all to will in fulfill. Does Obama even care in the slightest? From his actions and inactions I would say that he has ZERO empathy for wildlife. What a way to payback all of the environmental voters that back him. I voted for President Obama because the alternative was too terrifying to contemplate. I even agree with Obama on probably 99 percent of his positions, but when it comes to the environment and wildlife he has been an absolute disaster. I had a feeling what was to come when he nominated “Cowboy” Ken Salazar to head the Department of Interior during his first term. Why on earth would a supposedly “progressive” president nominate a rancher to be in charge of our wildlife and wild lands? Now when it comes to a wealthy trophy killer wanting to bring in his slaughtered animal, the USFWS just spits right in the face of the Endangered Species Act so this guy and have his HIGHLY ENDANGERED rhino trophy to show what a real man he is. Shame on you USFWS and shame on you President Obama.


18 responses to “Of Rhinos and Wolves: More Outrage from a Clueless Administration

  1. Louise Kane

    April 29, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    The alternative too terrifying to consider and the winner just as terrifying. we need a real conservationist in the Presidency, where are the Al Gore’s the Dennis Kusiniches, the Raul Girjvalas…..we need someone who cares about the future of the planet and all its inhabitants. as nature is reminding us she will not be denied or ignored when we abuse her.
    witness the storms, the accelerated extinctions. Its time to elect leaders with a conservation agenda

    • diane

      April 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      I thought Obama would come around his 2nd term & demonstrate some empathy towards wildlife when he no longer had to pander to big money/NRA/cattlemen etc. Guess I was wrong

    • laina

      April 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

      So true Louise. I also voted for Obama and even campaigned for him, all the while knowing he was not very “outdoorsey” or particularly concerned about natural spaces or wildlife. Since he no longer needs our votes, the incentive to “do right” by the envrionment may simply not be there. We probably all hoped he would “come around” second term. Keep hoping and keep writing.
      This whole rhino story kind of reminds me of something that happened in my locale. Someone read that a jogger had been attacked by a mountain lion in California. So, to save us all, this mighty hunter packs up, hires a guide, and goes in to a remote area of New Mexico and shoots a big, healthy, beautiful cougar who is far from humans and simply minding his own business. The guy comes back and gets a story in the local paper for having done a public service.

    • JustTheTruth

      April 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      I am sorry, but Al Gore cares little for wildlife. He was personally involved in promoting the resumption of commercial whaling and brought us the bloody Makah whale hunt. He also ignores the inconvenient truth about ranching, meat eating and the effects on the environment.

      Dennis Kucinich, however, is a real conservationist and hero.

  2. Wolf is my Soul

    April 30, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Reblogged this on Carinas space and commented:
    Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

  3. William huard

    April 30, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Paul thank you for doing this story. People should ask Safari club international how lion conservation is going….without protection they will be gone in two decades. This “assigning animals monetary value is a disaster for threatened wildlife. It leads to exploitation and poaching into black markets…. In South Africa today it is legal to raise lions in captivity , book it to be killed by a slime all trophy hunter- and then SELL the lion bone to a Chinese dealer to make a tonic which has NO medicinal properties or value. We need to put pressure on Sally Jewell to investigate Dan ashe’s hiring as head of the USFWS….this has been one decision after another that reeks of politics. The old- we need to kill animals to save them is a ruse made up by the trophy hunting industry. After all- trophy hunters are not interested in conservation….

  4. William huard

    April 30, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I just reported Anna mertz’S obituary from the NYT that I had posted last week on my Facebook page. She was the founder of the LeWA conservancy in Kenya. She was a true conservationist…. I only hope that she died before the USFWS granted the import permit to the slob trophy hunter…. Back in the 90’s when SCI wanted to import a trophy they would just bribe a corrupt USFWS employee. Google Richard Mitchell USFWS or see my friend bob ferris story in Cascadia wildlands

  5. Patricia Lowry

    April 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Knowing the trophy hunter who killed the rhino was from Wisconsin made me feel even more certain that Wisconsin is becoming a backward state. Killing endangered animals never preserves the species. How flawed can this “logic” be? Secondly, since when is a CEO of a printer parts wholesale company an authority on wildlife management? As far as Obama is concerned, check out his human rights violations, ie. drone attacks on countries around the world. Oh, and then there’s the NDAA law that allows the government to indefinitely detain anyone, including Americans, the failed health care reform that we’ll all find out about on January 1st of 2014, and his administration’s refusal to address climate change. Obama has been more than a disappointment, he’s betrayed the American people, and we will pay dearly for this in the future..

    • rali74

      April 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      I am torn on the drone issue. I hate hearing about innocents being killed in these strikes, but honestly I shed no tears when a Jihadi gets offed. It is hard to find sympathy for people that blow up schools full of little girls and ram planes into buildings. Instead of partying like it is 1499 those cultures should stop their oppression of women and anyone not like them. The extremists in their midst want to kill us just for existing and represent a true threat that must be dealt with. In reality they are not that much different than the racist scum in this country that spit on Native Americans and other “minorities” that are not like them. I despise religious zealots of all types and have little sympathy when they are dealt justice. As for Obama I really hoped that he would have pushed for a single payer system rather than Obamacare as it currently is. Obama needs to remember who put him in office, and it sure wasn’t the right wingers that he panders to.

  6. Exposing the Big Game

    April 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.

  7. Justin Forte

    April 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Its about time people stop giving Obama a free pass on his Palinistic type wildlife policies!

  8. Geoffrey

    April 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    As the execrable Sarah Palin once asked (and I’m ashamed to have to quote such an odious creature, but what she asked is apropos): “how’s all that hopey, changey stuff working out for ya?”

    • crystalwolf (@krystalwolfgrl)

      May 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

      She also said “Wildlife belongs next to the mashed potatoes”! We need solutions not finger pointing. She is beyond odious….don’t get me started.
      BTW I had a hell of a time getting to this site via Exposing Big Game. I guess the hunters have flagged this as a danger site? I hope you can fix that as we need to get the word out about this.

  9. Equillibrium

    April 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Obummer, not Obama…
    Just as displeased as you at this President…. and Salazar, don’t get me started. I only hope out new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is knowledgable in science and not for sale to lobbyist groups like the rest of the Politicians… we all suffer from their short-sighted gluttony for their own legacy mark.

    • crystalwolf (@krystalwolfgrl)

      May 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

      She’s not for Sale? She looks like Big OIL taker to me! Just go look at the DOI site.

  10. Buddy2Blogger

    May 1, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.

  11. Mike

    May 1, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Drop him an email an let him know how what a drop kick he is!


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