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.