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January 16th, 2014
10:46 PM ET

Man who paid $350K for the right to kill a black rhino: "I will say to Bob Barker...the price was wrong"

Amidst a flurry of violent criticism across multiple social media platforms, on Thursday evening Corey Knowlton joined "Piers Morgan Live" for an exclusive primetime interview, during which he offered his explanation as to why he willingly paid 350-thousand dollars for the chance to hunt a back rhinoceros.

As winner of the Dallas Safari Club's auction, Knowlton earned a hunting permit from the Namibian government, and is slated to travel to the southern African nation of Namibia for what he calls a conservation hunt.

Having joined the program last summer after reeling in a record-breaking shark, on Thursday Knowlton returned for a live discussion, and revealed why he selected the CNN host as the man with whom he was willing to share his story:

"Piers, just like the gun thing, you've been attacked just the way I am about your views of guns, okay? We're human beings, both you and I," noted the host of “Jim Shockey’s The Professionals” on Outdoor Channel. "I don't think you should be hated because you believe that. I don't think I should be hated because I lead my life a certain way. They're threatening my children, Piers. They're threatening to kill me."

Knowlton fancies himself an expert hunter, and he views his work as part of the natural cycle of life, in which population is controlled, and species are protected. Suffice it to say, the masses haven't shared his perspective:

"I had no idea that it would be this visceral. I had no idea that they would be attacking my two-year-old daughter and my seven-year-old daughter and my beautiful young wife, and they'd want to kill us all and burn us, and make a "Saw" movie out of us," said Knowlton. "These are the type of things that I'm getting, okay?"

But the list of those lobbing criticism at Knowlton and the organization arranging his hunt isn't limited to simply faceless users of Twitter and Facebook. Legendary game show host Bob Barker has also voiced his objections, penning an open letter to PETA in which he offered the following notion:

"True conservationists are those who pay money to keep rhinos alive—in the form of highly lucrative eco-tourism—as opposed to those who pay money for the cheap thrill of taking this magnificent animal’s life and putting his head on a wall."

Live on air, Morgan asked his guest to respond to the longtime host of "The Price is Right."

"He said what he said about it, alright? And Bob, he's a well-intended person," said Knowlton. "But if I want to learn about 'The Price is Right' and I want to learn about Plinko, I'll talk to Bob Barker. If I want to learn about conservation, I'm going to defer to the experts at the IUCN, I'm going to defer to the experts at CITES, okay. And the fact of the matter is, all this hate that you're talking about, the one thing I will say to Bob Barker is, the price was wrong! The contribution would have been much higher and everybody would have been much better for it, even up to a million dollars, they scared these people away because they didn't want to go through what i'm going through now."

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  1. max

    I can not wait for your people to post the one story that I wish to say something about. did you not hear what he said, this animal will be killed one way or the other. and for you keep saying, due to of the hate you have for guns. he will take out his big gun and kill this poor animal. he will put his life on the line and hunt this animal. where all the meat you eat did not have a right to fight back. I go as far as to say they may have thought they were like by there care givers and was save. when this animal well keep killing its own kind. how backwards why can you not hear how sad you come off. leave my country, find a place in the world where only killing of the good by the bad people are done.for that is your idea of fair. lions and bears and killer of humans only kill humans and not one human kills anything that may kill them. you make me nuts. I try to watch your show I try to see your side of it. And this hate of American rich is over flowing in ever show you do. unless they make there money off the lies and holllywood trash. how dare you, ask him if he is going to be smiling and taking picture. when you see them that make movies and songs games, that you and I both know has made so many killed them self, and others due to them making this trash. and you say nothing and they are paid to do this. you show the dirt of these humans how they want to hunt this man this human down, and kill him out of hate. this is going back to the days when white people came out and said they wanted to kill black people or the ones that wanted to kill gays due to them being gay. it makes me sick, that now its the whites, the lords people, the rich, and the hunters. that now are ones put in that box, where some how this is okay to hate and say this about them. so I ask you, the hate Morgan some have for you about your views on guns do you wish to stop your hate of guns? he asked do you look at your chicken as been murder for your pleasure? these hateful people that say they wish to kill him and his kids and you say nothing to say this thinking is wrong is sad. And the reason you will not go with him is out of fear of being killed by the one they are hunting. coward! I'm just sick of the okay hate we now been give and the not okay hate we have a stamp on by men like you. you make sick. I try to see your side of it. you make it hard to do so, I use to stand and march for now do the same as they use to do to them. I see the ones I ones stood next to march for put my life on the line for to get there right to do and think as they do now are the same one that hate others for there right to live the way they wish. nothing changes they will not see fair.

    January 16, 2014 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      My girlfriend has been trying to post her opinion on this matter. She was able to get one once but they didn't post it and we thought it was because she called the guy a ass@#$% but now everytime she tries to post or reply she gets bumped off. We are totally offended and put off by this guy and his views. Our origial post was based on the comments and beliefs of knowlton that his killing of the rare black rhino can be compared to the killing of a barn full of chickens. What would our world be if we all thought we should just target all rare living species they may die eventually.

      January 17, 2014 at 1:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Barbara

        OK. I've been going at this all wrong. I was totally set off by the fact that this guy was paying $350,00.00 to kill an animal much less a endangered animal. Even now that I know that these animals may not or could n't reproduce I have to question if we can put a price tag on putting their existence to an end. Let's put this in perspective if youhad a terminally child and you knew that you and everyone around you would cherish the existence of that child as long as they were around how much would you pay to extend their time with you. Not to try to compare the love of a child to a animal but there are things that can't be replaced. So let life decide or money?

        January 17, 2014 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        I'm replying to Barbara. I completely understand where you're coming from. One thing you did not touch upon was the fact that Knowlton claims that these rhinos are viscious. I would like to elaborate on the fact that any animal has the instict to be to be viscious be it a lion, bear,dog or cat. But I also want to know what is he going to do with his prize once he achieves it. Will he eat it, mount it or turn it over to the people that he bought the permit from?

        January 17, 2014 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • lingyai

      Spoken like a true Christian and literate man. I recommend anybody who thinks Cory Knowlton is doing the right thing should be magnamious enough to take the rhino's place. Even better, give them both a gun so they can shoot each other.

      Cory Knowlton is a worm of a human being. Now I see he took a shark. The man is brain dead – and must have the smallest penis on the Planet. Just got to prove he's a "man" when in fact he's a worm.

      What a horrible example of humanity. Makes me ashamed to think we breath the same air.

      Cory, I don't want to shoot you and your family – that's bad karma for me. If you really consider hunting "sport" why not hunt another hunter? Its a partial solution to the population problem, and humankind's average IQ will go up once all the hunters hunt down each other.

      January 17, 2014 at 3:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Milt

        Try to learn the facts before looking so ignorant. Over mature males become sterile. But they fight off any younger males that could mate with the females. They also become very violent with the females, sometimes killing them just by trying to control them. Until these males are removed from the herd, there is nearly zero chance of young being born. If there was no poaching, the herd could keep up. But between poaching, and sterile alpha males, the herd has no chance. Hence, they open up hunts for the sterile alpha males, which in turn allows the females to mate with younger bulls producing more young. Then, the huge amounts of money collected from these tags and hunts is used to go towards anti poaching and conservation efforts. The hunts are for specific animals, not a free for all. Never a female, or a young fertile male. If you want these animals to not become extinct, You have to be anti poaching. Not anti hunting. Do us all a favor and do a little research before you start flapping your gums.

        January 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sue Stack

        Thank you lingyai for your awesome comments. I too think this guy is and a**hole and any Christian that believes that killing is conservation, has got their head up their butts. I hope people continue to threaten him because he is too stupid to understand what he's proposing to do "for the benefit of conservation". How in the hell does killing an animal promote conservation. Well how about this, we need "people management" and lets start off with Corey Knowlton.

        January 19, 2014 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
      • lingyai

        Thanks for the laugh. I believe the simpliest "Perple Management" solution should be hunters issued licenses to hunt only each other. The World Jerk population would drastically drop, as would the hostility level. And it wouldn't take long before wildlife could live in Peace.

        January 19, 2014 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
      • kathy

        I was wondering the same thing...what a small dick he must have that he has to spend $350,000. to kill an endangered animal to prove he's a man!

        January 19, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • raisingkanes

      You're both idiots!

      January 17, 2014 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SomeoneWhoCares

      I sincerely hope that the people threatening this guy find him and do to him what he wants to do to an endangered rhino. If he's willing to go hunting, then he needs to be willing to be hunted. Sleep well Corey. Make sure to say good night to your children.

      January 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cindy Sciano

      I do not understand the moronic thinking behind that man- killing for conservation? I don't think so- more like killing for profit- what he did not talk about, was the HUGE profit he will make by selling the rhino horn on the black market. Over 1000 rhinos were butchered by poachers for their horns- to be sold for enormous profit on the black market. This year so far, 37 rhinos have been slaughtered for nothing more than greed. That's 2 rhinos a day. THIS MUST STOP!!!!! Unfortunately due to government corruption, it will be a long and difficult battle.

      January 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • josh

      Seems like no one is even fact checking with this guy saying. Everyone is just assuming because he says it that it must be true. He's obviously dishonest. To anyone with half a brain his primary concern is to be able to hunt endangered species. All the backstory is just justification. I don't even know necessarily that what he's doing is wrong but I can't stand dishonest people. This guy is just another loser.

      January 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gunn Sportz 2014

      Thank you for the post , now allow me . Piers Morgan more than once has asked that Wayne LaPierre come onto his show to talk. I cannot say I know fo5r sure why Wayne Won't as I allow people to speak for themselves. My Guess is that Wayne has enough Dignity and Intelligence to avoid being Interviewed by such a Criminal As Piers Morgan ,,yes Piers is a CRIMINAL ! He did not come to the USA looking for work, He came Begging for a Job as Great Britain Exiled him for Placing Faked Photos of members of the British Military in a fashion to give the appearance the soldiers were Torturing Enemy Foreigners. Rest easy ,, I can only wonder what the President of the United States would have done to Piers Morgan had he done the same thing here on American soil..

      January 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • lingyai

        Ah, the rumors run rampant, and the rednecks believe Fox News! Anybody who watches Fox simply doesn't have a brain. I'm a lifelong journalist – first published nationally in 1957. Fox is an insult to human intelligence – and a lightning rod for irrational thought.

        Don't get me started on Duck Dynasty – proof we are nothing but overgrown monkeys.

        January 18, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lois Olmstead

    It is one of the express duties of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to adhere to the principles of the Endangered Species Act and to promulgate policies to protect those species. The Black Rhino is one of the most critically endangered species in the world today, and yet the USFWS approved the permit for the Dallas Safari Club to KiLL one of these animals in Namibia. Supposedly, this rhino is dangerous and is no longer capable of reproducing. Where is the science on these two claims? Has a sperm count been done? Where are the reports that speak to his harming other rhinos? We've been asking for this information for weeks. No reply. In fact, Namibia offers FIVE rhinos a year to trophy hunters - all which are ascribed these qualities. Dangerous and non-breeding. On its face, this is absurd. The FACT is that Namibia wants the money from rich hunters. And the USFWS didn't properly vet the permit process. The bottom line is that some people enjoy killing. And they particularly enjoy killing endangered species, because, after all, it makes them special in the eyes of their community of trophy hunters. We must stop these kinds of events! Are we going to try to save these animals, or not? It's up to us!

    January 17, 2014 at 12:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patrick

      How cute! Bleeding hearts, unite!

      January 17, 2014 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Monica Gilbert

        How cute! Another mouth-breathing, bottom-feeding hunter with nary two brain cells to rub together and makes up for his lack thereof with a big gun.

        January 17, 2014 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      As an advid hunter I see no reason as a society or a country that we can hear something like this and cannot be completely appauled and discusted that there can be a price tag placed on endangered animals. It goes to show you just what money can buy.Anything at anytime. I care, do you?

      January 17, 2014 at 2:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lingyai

      Lois, it's called corruption!

      January 17, 2014 at 3:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn R

      First of all, I strongly suspect that Knowlton is a drama queen and to gain sympathy has embelished the threats to his family. For reference, I enourage everyone to take a look at his "charming" family Christmas card, with his small child brandishing an assault weapon. Does this look like vulnerability? Secondly, I am not against guns and in fact own several. And I am not against responsible sustenance hunting. Thirdly, Knowlton is nothing but a bloodthirstly killer who wants to display the head of yet another critically endangered species to prove this manhood That is not the way to prove it, My Dear. Real men are kind and respect life. Fourthly, Liar, liar, pants on fire! Knowlton, you just want to KILL, KILL, KILL. Please don't make up excuses. Belittling Bob Barker will not help your conscience. Wouldn't it be funny if your pants really were on fire (not a threat – just a humorous image)? Teehee.

      January 17, 2014 at 4:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • joesmom

      Namibia doesn't care about conservation. They've let American big game trophy hunters shoot collared lions who were part of conservation studies. Money is much more important than animals, don't ya know.

      January 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Maureen Ellen McGill

        Exactly they allow the horrific slaughter of thousands of cape seal cubs, clubbing them to death, and are paid well by a foreign business man for this. This country has a strange way of looking at conservation.

        January 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin Flory

      Well, said Lois! We must protect endangered species. There are very few of these rhinos left. Poachers have decimated their numbers. This rhino should not be killed!

      January 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Neil Jacobson

    Hunting is not slaughter. I use the life of the animal to feed my family. You go to Walmart and buy a steak that someone else killed. I respect the animals I harvest, in fact I give a prayer over them and thank them for their life, I thank God for allowing me to harvest from his table. God gave us dominion over the animals to use, not abuse. Having a animal die from starvation from over breeding is cruel. Have you seen a cougar kill a deer? Not pretty. 180 grains properly placed if fast and over quickly . hit by a car to die on the side of the road is cruel, who stops and checks out the animal they just hit? First call is to insurance agent to see if they are covered.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dianestandley

      Neil- there's a HUGE difference between a Walmart steak and an endangered animal. Please do a little research on the plight of the Black Rhino...and while you're at it, consider the fact that we abuse the animals we 'use'...horrific conditions for most livestock used for human consumption....my 'God' would be none too happy.

      January 17, 2014 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tuere Randall

      Also, Neil, part of the problem is that people have this idea that we were given "dominion" over animals, as if non-human beings don't exist for their own reasons. The major shift of consciousness and awakening that we must have as humans is to realize that our position relative to animals and the earth should be one of stewardship, not dominion. I am not against subsistence hunting per se, but if you are a so-called "ethical hunter," I am disappointed that you don't find Corey Knowlton's actions egregious.

      January 17, 2014 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • boatwrecking

        He gave us dominion over them to care for them not to abuse and neglect them or kill them when they are threatened to hang their heads on our walls.

        January 17, 2014 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Maureen Ellen McGill

      You do not 'harvest' animals your harvest grains. Etc. As a vegetarian I have only one thing to say to you. The only true hunters are nature’s predators, you know, lions, sharks, eagles etc. Human hunters used to exist but it is now been proved that what sustained early humans was grain and not flesh. We survive very well without eating dead animals.
      How a person could enjoy taking the life of a living breathing sentient being, who also has a right to live, is beyond me. So, a slaughter house butcher and a present day ‘hunter’ are both unnecessary in this day and age.

      January 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ingi Raikes

        Absolutely Maureen! Wake up all you meat-eating humans!!! Cancer, obesity, heart disease, etc. are all linked to the consumption of meat...........not 'biologically appropriate' for humans! We are basically cereal eaters, with extra long intestines to digest grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables, unlike carnivores with short ones to expel their meat eating diet before it rots in their guts! To save the planet and consequently ourselves, the sooner everybody realises that green house gasses, the waste of millions and millions of gallons of water used in the processing of 'dead' animals to fulfil an unnecessary desire to consume meat; the cruelty through killing precious wild animals by the horrific practice of so called' hunting'......... murder more like it, and shocking conditions in feed lots and the likes, is bloody disgraceful and totally unacceptable! And don't tell me that any particular animal is a danger to it's own or any other animal; how about leaving that to the balance of nature and the cycle of life and the food link etc. etc. DONATE THAT MONEY INSTEAD TO CONSERVING WILD AREAS FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF GREEDY HUMANS WHO ARE REDUCING ANIMALS NATURAL TERRITORIES AND THE PROTECTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS SO PREVALENT IN THE WORLD TODAY!!! Shoot a hunter NOT an animal!!!

        January 18, 2014 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jean

    True conservation is you pay to keep the animal alive . This guy is just a sub human who enjoy the trial of the kill. He could of easily spent that money for African orphanage.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mrs Hema Desai

    I agree with Lois and hence I am sharing the same words.....I am ashamed of such people who calls themselves humans..It is one of the express duties of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to adhere to the principles of the Endangered Species Act and to promulgate policies to protect those species. The Black Rhino is one of the most critically endangered species in the world today, and yet the USFWS approved the permit for the Dallas Safari Club to KiLL one of these animals in Namibia. Supposedly, this rhino is dangerous and is no longer capable of reproducing. Where is the science on these two claims? Has a sperm count been done? Where are the reports that speak to his harming other rhinos? We've been asking for this information for weeks. No reply. In fact, Namibia offers FIVE rhinos a year to trophy hunters – all which are ascribed these qualities. Dangerous and non-breeding. On its face, this is absurd. The FACT is that Namibia wants the money from rich hunters. And the USFWS didn't properly vet the permit process. The bottom line is that some people enjoy killing. And they particularly enjoy killing endangered species, because, after all, it makes them special in the eyes of their community of trophy hunters. We must stop these kinds of events! Are we going to try to save these animals, or not? It's up to us!

    January 17, 2014 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Tuere Randall

    Trophy hunters are vile. They enjoy taking life for no other reasons than being able to satisfy their vanity at "vanquishing" a wild animal and boast of their participation in an activity that not many people can afford. I have no respect for people like Corey Knowlton. I find it ironic that he is now complaining about being threatened - that's just a small dose of what he has doled out to all the animals that he has killed. The fact that he spent a lot of money on this permit does not make his actions more palatable and less morally reprehensible.

    The USFWS is sending the wrong message by issuing this permit. I wish they would reconsider their actions.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. jay foley

    slick talkin' psychopath completely obfuscated his feet having been put to the fire...with his bleating about death threats...his philosophical quasi- "live and let live" BS...revealing himself to be a hypocrite first and foremost. Oh...yeah....and the touching story about huntin' with Pa all barefoot and poverty stricken...that was really sickening. This chump is intent on killing an endangered large animal...and not to make rabbit stew with. What a tool. I hope he gets bit by a black mamba or something along those lines. THAT....would be some mighty fine poetic justice.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dianestandley

    And exactly how will the Namibian Government utilize this money for conservation of the Black Rhino? Details and accountability, please.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • joesmom

      Namibian government officials will get the money. No one has come out and said how the money will be distributed. Note that Namibia has allowed animals marked for conservation be shot when the price is right. (sorry Bob Barker)

      January 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jean

    Too bad this wasn't a real interview, but rather a platform for Corey Knowlton. But then, the "story", of course is all about sensationalism, and so those opposed to this auction are reduced to "crazy death threats" and "a game show host" and "urban sentiment" vs what Knowlton claims is the "science" of conservation. The "science" is simply the worldview in which animals are "resources" to be "managed", and maintained so as to ensure a population for future "hunters" to target.

    January 17, 2014 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JeanH

    Too bad this wasn't a real interview, but rather a platform for Corey Knowlton. But then, the "story", of course is all about sensationalism, and so those opposed to this auction are reduced to "crazy death threats" and "a game show host" and "urban sentiment" vs what Knowlton claims is the "science" of conservation. The "science" is simply the worldview in which animals are "resources" to be "managed", and maintained so as to ensure a population for future "hunters" to target.

    January 17, 2014 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. kristine weitz

    This guy" Cory Knowlton "is a total gross coward... using high powered rifles and an entourage of people to kill our beloved endangered species . He is an embarrassment to his family ,this country and to God . Cory ...buy some class , help starving people by donating to the Red Cross and leave our beloved defenseless animals alone . Your just disgusting !!!!

    January 17, 2014 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Skylaire Alfvegren

    "We're both human, you and I..." Um, no. It's actually kind of hilarious, the trouble he's brought on himself.

    January 17, 2014 at 2:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. lyswant

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points ->https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 17, 2014 at 3:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn R

      Yes! In the name of fairness, justice, true journalism, and common decency, CNN should air an interview with someone of the opposing view to Knowlton. Come on, CNN, let's have a real discussion. Piers, I know you are amenable.

      January 17, 2014 at 4:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Kim Brunelle

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points -> https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 17, 2014 at 3:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dave Brady

    Here's a guy who bid to kill an endangered species and he's whining about death threats. I'm not saying that's right but the words Pot, kettle, black come to mind.

    January 17, 2014 at 3:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Nigel Miller

    Rhino poaching has reached epidemic proportions in Africa, South Africa lost nearly a thousand last year and they were declared extinct in Mozambique despite both countries allowing trophy hunting. Where is all that money going, because it clearly isn't going into stopping the poachers.

    How does this man expect us to convince indigenous Africans and Asians to stop killing the rhinos for profit when trophy hunters are being allowed to do precisely the same thing ? All they see is a dead animal and an obscene amount of cash changing hands. The message that sends is that a dead rhino is worth a lot of money to someone.

    January 17, 2014 at 3:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Hazel jones

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points -> https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 17, 2014 at 4:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. mary

    now the rhino needs protection you pos!

    January 17, 2014 at 4:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Laura culbert

    You can say that killing animals is conservation for ever and I Will NOT ever believe it! Corey knowltons beliefs are WRONG. There is no reason at all for this rhino to be killed. There is no science in it, it's just lies trying to make the public think he is doing the right thing. How can he pose with all those beautiful animals that he killed and say it was for their own good!, for conservation! I see him for what he is, not a hunter, but a coward, a killer.

    January 17, 2014 at 4:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. FBcruiser

    This was an interesting interview. It is a shame that Corey is experiencing such hatred, though; however, he perhaps did not realize the level of detest towards trophy hunters, in general, in killing animals for "sport" although open-minded individuals will objectively try to see his viewpoint and outlook without the name-calling and vitriol.

    Look at the conditions in Africa, with all those lions being bred to be shot. Just ask Melissa Bachman how well that went over. Part of the rage is directed at the President of South Africa, as well, for letting the lions be bred for this purpose and no protection for these animals, compounded with severe exploitation.

    I don't know, though, if you can blame all the dislike on not getting as much money as first projected. The people of Namibia are used to this every year, but to bring this to the U.S., you KNOW there is going to be outrage over it. If they didn't learn that with Melissa Bachman, then they are learning it now.

    I do still wonder who Corey's partner is, on this, and why the partner is not taking the heat, as well. Why is Corey going this alone? Is he maybe getting a fee to take the heat for someone else, or just preventing someone else from having to go through the turmoil? Or, perhaps the article I read from another news channel is incorrect in stating that Corey raised the money with a silent partner.

    And as for the post above, that's just bizarre. Why is Nancy Daniels, a commenter on the Stop MB FB page, suddenly all for conservation of this Rhino? If you take a look at some of her former public posts on FB, you will see that she once stated that limited hunting of the Rhino is acceptable if it saves the species. Nancy, you are not the owner of anything in conservation, except for a FB page. The way you're talking is as if you have some sort of international organization under your management, at work on this. Reality check, dear..... get a grip and quit trying to portray yourself as someone of great importance in this field. Leave that to the experienced and knowledgeable conservationists and animal welfare visionaries. The world doesn't need any more self-appointed arm chair wannabes. Sheesh

    January 17, 2014 at 4:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Margaret Leach

    Perhaps if Mr. Knowlton is so terrified of the "death threats" he has recieved, he should consider saving the rhino he himself intends to kill. This rhino has done nothing wrong; has threatened no one and yet Mr. Knowlton plans to kill him and hang his head on a wall. The idea the the rhino is old and can no longer reproduce, so lets just kill him in the name of conservation is rediculoud and obserd. Save him, Mr. Knowlton, and youre a hero. Let him live out his life on a preserve. Give him a name. I suggest "Walter" in case youre interested. Allow Walter to become the ambassador for all endangered animals. People will flock to see him and pay a helluva lot of money for the opportunity. But...kill him, and it seems you become the rhino yourself. Hunted, looking over your shoulder, afraid for your life. Do the right thing. Im quite sure you'll privately kill lots of more animals to hang in the den.

    January 17, 2014 at 4:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. lingyai

    Anybody who thinks "Big Game Hunting" is cool must watch this video:
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    January 17, 2014 at 4:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. lingyai

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    January 17, 2014 at 4:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Different Rhythm Foundation

    I can sit here and debate every remark this guy has said, but this is what we true conservationists and activists know:
    IUCN, & CITES, are a disappointment and don't know crap. They both made notoriety of this. Period. So did the WWF. As far as Bob Barker, he has been a proponent for animals for over 50 years. He paid to have 3 elephants moved from a Canadian Zoo to PAWS to retire recently. Bob played a significant role in helping ADI get 25 lions from Bolivian circuses to a sanctuary in Colorado. The list goes on. Cory, what have you done????

    January 17, 2014 at 4:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Marge Harper

    "They're threatening my children, Piers. They're threatening to kill me." Now he knows how the Rhino feels now, doesn't he.

    January 17, 2014 at 4:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Kerry Smith

    cory is not a hunter. He needs help and should be kept away from weapons of all types.

    January 17, 2014 at 5:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Larry Michaels

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.
    Hunters claim they are "conservationists", arguing that the only way that wildlife can survive is if it is given an economic value. There is no disputing that trophy hunting is a lucrative business. The question is could it really be more valuable than eco-tourism? And, even more importantly, does it earn income for the millions of poor people who will otherwise regard wild animals as nothing but a nuisance?

    Hunting versus eco-tourism
    A November 2004 study by the University of Port Elizabeth estimated that eco-tourism on private game reserves generated "more than 15 times the income of livestock or game rearing or overseas hunting". (1) Eco-tourism lodges in Eastern Cape Province produce almost 2000 rand (£180) per hectare. Researchers also noted that more jobs were created and staff received "extensive skills training".

    January 17, 2014 at 6:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Zoe Casati

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points -> https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 17, 2014 at 7:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Evelyne Goure

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points ->https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 17, 2014 at 8:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Christine Olle

    Please do not kill Ronnie the rhino – he is one of 5,000 – he made it this far and deserves to live out the rest of his life in peace. There is not one thing I could buy with the money this man has it is unfortunate that it is being spent on killing. I dream about all the unselfish good this money could do...............

    January 17, 2014 at 8:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. CRITHA FRANSE

    This interview did not help Knowlton's cause . All he did was whine and never once explain how what he does is conservation . He said he would ask CITES, ha, they are the absolute worst group to ask . They take our tax money and have done nothing to help endangered elephants or rhinos . And Knowlton and his " group " of hunters get excited over killing , they bond and party over a dead animals . How is that conservation ? To me , getting permission from the USFWS and bringing this poor rhinos head back into the states and putting it on the wall and drooling over it and reliving the kill ever time they see it is not conservation but is psychotic .

    January 17, 2014 at 8:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Staci=lee Sherwood

    KILL ME TO SAVE ME is the dumbest most archaic notion humans have been clinging to for years. The fact that this particular animal is a so called old non breeding male is merely a smokescreen used by the pro hunting minority and the phoney conservationists that make false claims how killing helps conservation. Only a killer would make such a statement and in fact only NOT killing is the true way to prevent extinction. Another laughable and ludicrous statement is how the money will go towards conservation when in fact most people donate money without wanting to kill the very thing they claim to want to protect. Can someone spell hypocrite because this auction for "conservation" personifies the very corrupt phoney hypocrisy these people are trying to deny. They don't care about conservation,animals or a healthy ecosystem if they did they wouldn't clean out 'management areas' of all wildlife while leaving their trash all over the land. It's a known fact denied by hunters that a live animal is more valuable then a dead one because they can bring in hundreds or thousands of people wanting to see and photograph the animals while a dead animal only has a one time profit. Furthermore the lack of wildlife in many areas that have been over hunted has caused people to visit elsewhere leaving both the ecosystem and local economy that had depended on tourism devastated. If CNN were truly a news station and not just a trash talking tabloid you would give the majority of people the same time and respect to prove the fact that Corey and all his whining is indicative of all that is wrong with hunting in the first place.

    January 17, 2014 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Camila

    The people that takes away the life of another living thing doesn't have the right to ask for respect his. You are not a human being.

    January 17, 2014 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. patty weston

    What we have here is a man who has enough money to do what ever he wants apparently and a tv show to back him and his hunting habits. What I find difficult to understand is that he now has the right to kill a critically endangered species because some one has deemed it useless. The rhino has survived millions of years on this earth...the only species to accomplish that. But now man is it's biggest enemy. We should try to save all of the rhinos, not kill them because they are old. There are more "ethical" ways to help conservation if decision makers would look at this in other ways that could benefit everyone including the rhinos. There are too many unanswered questions still so why was this approved in the first place? Finally, I would like to know what he plans to do with the head/horns. Will he hang it on his wall to boast about it. That is yet to be seen, but my guess is that it will. So what does that have to do with conservation. More about bragging rights in my opinion. BTW, I was at the protest, a very peaceful protest merely being a voice for this rhino named Ronnie. No one there has made threats of any kind. Do not put us in that group. We are about saving a species that people are determined to kill into total extinction.

    January 17, 2014 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tracy Birnley

      Nice comment, Patty. Thank you for spending your time and money to go and be a peaceful protester in Dallas. You and the others, that acted with dignity and respect, need to be applauded. I. personally, am very grateful to you all.

      January 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. stephanie blair

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points ->https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 17, 2014 at 9:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Sheila Wilson

    Why not issue a permit to hunt a mountain gorilla – they are VERY threatened, and perhaps $1million dollars could go into their 'conservation' too? And I am told that gorillas can be very vicious too and can kill younger males in the group. And why don't we hunt mountain gorillas to 'conserve' them? Because it is just downright WRONG! No matter how many gorillas there are in the wild. So why is it okay to hunt an individual from a threatened rhino sub-species? The posturing and the pathetic justifications are just plain off illogical. As others have already said, this is really all about the MONEY and the ridiculously overinflated EGOS of these mentally challenged cretins. Do you think this man gives a hoot about conserving wildlife outside of saving enough of them so that subhumans like him can go and kill them for a sick thrill?

    January 17, 2014 at 10:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Sheila Wilson

    Why not issue a permit to hunt a mountain gorilla – they are VERY threatened, and perhaps $1million dollars could go into their 'conservation' too? And I am told that gorillas can be very vicious too and can kill younger males in the group. And why don't we hunt mountain gorillas to 'conserve' them? Because it is just downright WRONG! No matter how many gorillas there are in the wild. So why is it okay to hunt an individual from a threatened rhino sub-species? The posturing and the pathetic justifications are just plain nonsense. As others have already said, this is really all about the MONEY and the ridiculously overinflated EGOS of these mentally challenged cretins. Do you think this man gives a hoot about conserving wildlife outside of saving enough of them so that subhumans like him can go and kill them for a sick thrill? But the WORST of this whole sorry exercise is that it is sanctioned by the US and Namibian governments and by so-called conservation bodies. The human race should hang its head in shame.

    January 17, 2014 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Monica

    What a skewed, perverted moral compass Corey Knowlton has. Even a child in middle years school would know that what he is doing is disgraceful, ignorant, self-serving and egotistical with no respect for animals. Corey is setting an extremely poor example for his children and grand children. Instead of being the irresponsible person (hunter) that he is and flaunts regularly, he could instead be intelligent, educated and proactive just by DONATING the money and NOT slaughtering the animals and needlessly wasting them. What is wrong with this man? Did he get butted on the head with a rifle when he was an infant causing permanent life long brain damage and incurring an impaired sense of conscience? It sure seems like it. Imagine if many "wealthy" hunters like him all went out shooting rare animals and donated money to conservation. Many animals that are needed are wasted and lost forever. All animals eventually die, but it should be of natural causes and they should be allowed to reproduce and play their part in the ecosystem, not be slaughtered from a rifle in cold blood. Where is the money really going? It may or may not get to the conservation program in the end. By leaving the animals alone, the gene pool is preserved and the species has a better chance. Corey is leaving a poorer future for his grand children and future generations because with his narrow minded, selfish hunting trips, all his future generations may have to see of these endangered, rare animals is a picture in a book. That would be just priceless. Future generations knowing that they can no longer see these precious animals because their boneheaded ancestor was getting his rocks off by slaughtering animals and gloating about it and there is nothing left for them to see. Congrats Corey. You win PURE IDIOT of the Year Award. No attendance at a trophy awards event required. What an idiot. It can't be said enough. Ball up, be a man, and quit your idiot games and poor example-setting. You have let down so many people, your family and future generations and all the animals you wasted. Shame on you.

    January 17, 2014 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Sandra

    What I found to be extremely perverse was that Corey Knowlton actually stated that he did not enjoy killing animals. Yet he paid $350,000 for the opportunity to do just that.

    He also was not interested in calling off the hunt even though he professed concern that his family had received death threats because of it. What kind of man gets so excited about killing something that he would literally put his family in harm's way?

    One thing became quite evident in the interview & that was that Corey Knowlton is no trophy!

    January 17, 2014 at 10:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Diana Atkin

      He's an ignorant who needs a stick of re-education up his AK47 you know what.

      January 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. helenlouisejk89

    This really makes my blood boil... how could anybody be so ignorant? I know that people are, or we wouldn't have hunters either, but it just confounds me. Such beautiful animals needlessly killed... think of how far that money could have gone in preservation terms? To hire local people to protect the animals, towards charities enlisted in preserving endangered animals... etc.
    I was watching a show last night in England that explained that in Papua New Guinea tribesmen get £8 per tree they fell, that is for one hundred year old tree, and then the middle man gets £1000 for the same tree in the UK. How many trees could you save with $350000, if you donated it to tribesman so they didn't have to cut their trees down. How much wildlife would that save? Christ I really can not understand this man!

    January 17, 2014 at 10:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Deborah Dopp

    Please give equal time to a Real Conservation Group that understands where the money Really goes from these ridiculous executions. Talk to a successful group like The David Sheldrick Trust. This is not hunting, it is arrogant men making money off of executions of endangered Seniors.

    January 17, 2014 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Diana Atkin

      This is what I think. It has nothing to do with conservation at all. It red neck hunters with money to throw around who's next big thrill and kill is an African animal. Bog off you lot.

      January 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Sandra

    How can this be called "hunting" when you're taken to the animal, which is accustomed to humans, & you raise your high powered rifle & shoot it? Piers was right, this is slaughter.

    January 17, 2014 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Bob

    My question to all of the people who claim to care so much about animals: WHY DIDNT ONE OF YOU OR ONE OF YOUR AWESOME ANIMAL PROTECTING ORGS OUT BID HIM?? Really it's that hard to get a person with lots of money into a auction to spend a 1/2 million dollars?? You care but you really don't care. Hunters Spent 38Billion last year in the USA. What did your awesome organization actually do for our country, economy, and YES the animals it supposedly protects? Leave your concrete safe havens and experience the outdoors for what it really is. Walt Disney has brain washed all of you into thinking animals talk and interact like humans. Got news for all of you, we are natural, and with that, came the highest spot on the predatory ladder. We only make a difference when we actually get involved and pay for conservation. Hunters do all of the above and have been for over 100 years! What have you done?? Except threaten another human beings life for killing a animal that will do more for it's species dead then alive. It's the raw and ugly truth of capitalism at it's finest, so either change the world or get out a book and learn a little something about real conservation.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sharon E

      Bob I suggest you do some reading on conservation, you could start with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Yes in days gone by when Africa was full of elephant, rhino, lion etc David used to hunt but there came a time when he realised that the way forward was to protect the animals so he gave up hunting and became a conservationist with his wife Daphne. They no longer killed animals whether they be old and past breeding but set up a rescue centre for orphaned wildlife which is still going today. The problem with hunting for pleasure is that the hunter wants a prime specimen to hang on his wall not an old scarred specimen. I will bet that the Rhino Corey kills will be one in his prime. If the money hunters pay goes to the conservation of wildlife why are the rhino, elephant and lion species declining? The thing is that hunters don't care where the money goes, they have their trophy and their photographs and their egos inflated so they are happy.

      January 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob

        Sharon,
        Still never answered the question. WHY didn't Bob Barker out bid him?? Why didn't any of these so called conservation groups that supposedly care about any and all wildlife out bid him?? What… they didn't know?? Only egotistical hunters knew about this auction?? You can simply stop all hunting by giving more money to governments and countries that allow hunting. Why can't any of these great organizations do anything to save any wildlife species?? Because none of you will ever stand up for anything! Threaten a mans life, his families lives, That's the only thing the uneducated thugs of this world have ever done for wildlife. Threaten peoples lives. Somehow in your warped minds, it's somehow justified. Go after PETA, they kill 96% of all the animals that are brought to them. They use controlled methods on caged animals which is somehow more humane to the insane minds of animal rights orgs. I'd much rather be living wild and be hunted than be dropped off by some kitty lover only to be put to sleep by some psychotic bleeding heart that's laughing all of the way to the bank. You can't argue with people who have no clue. If I was the last species of any species, would putting me in prison to keep me alive be better than me living in my natural surroundings as long as I could survive on my own? Zoos are prisons for animals, but somehow people pat themselves on their backs because they saved the last of the remaining species. Glad folks like you were not around when Dinosaurs just died off. Not everything is meant to remain forever, not even a species. I'm sure I'm wasting my time but it's fun to vent on ignorance sometimes. Why is it only the endangered species create this kind of controversy?? Go live like an animal or face the simple FACT that if you live like a human being, then you are a killer of wild organisms PERIOD! You are just too weak to look it in the eye when you do your killing.

        January 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nigel Miller

      "Hunters do all of the above and have been for over 100 years!". Gonna have you call you out on that statement because it's just plain wrong. The Duck Stamp Act was introduced in 1933 and Pittman-Robertson in 1937, so it isn't "over 100 years", not even close. The reason these laws were introduced was before that hunters decimated wildlife and the environment, sure I don't need to tell you what they did to the passenger pigeon and other species, and if you've never heard of Keibab Plateau in Arizona then look it up and see what hunters did there in the early 20th Century.

      Hunters pay their taxes like the rest of us, the money is only pumped into conservation because the Federal Government decided they had to pay to repair the damage they were doing.

      January 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob

        Another guy who thinks he knows me and my history! It was our government that forced hunters to pay fore their damage huh?? Nigel, you're an idiot. Hunters like our President at the time recognized the importance of properly managing our wildlife to make them a profitable economic beneficiary is exactly what everything in the USA is based off of. If it doesn't benefit the people somehow, then it won't last long. Our with emphasis on OUR tax has done more for all species of wildlife then all other animal rights groups combined. We (HUNTERS) pay for the roads, the trails, the lakes, the dams, the fish, the habitat reclamation, wildlife management for all species both game and non game in the USA. You want to reference the Passenger Pigeon that was killed off around the same time our founding fathers killed every native american that got in there way of taking this country?? A lot of bad things happened in the early learning stages of the birth of our country, so if you want to dwell on the bad, then go sit in a corner a cry. I'd rather look to forward to more wildlife than this country has ever had period! In short, you don't have clue about we as hunters actually do for all wild things.

        January 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gizmo

      Bob, the image that came to mind for me with your question was that of Oskar Schindler trying to figure out how many more Jews he could buy. Is a creature more deserving of life (or death) if someone pays more to rescue or (or kill it)? I believe that the question of whether or not an endangered species "deserves" to be hunted for sport is the same answer regardless of the monetary value that has been placed on its head. Killing it is not "more right" if someone has paid $350,000 for the privilege of pulling the trigger. Saving it is not "more right" is someone has paid $350,001 to protect it. It either deserves to be trophy-hunted or it doesn't.

      I do not believe that the survival of the black rhino should depend upon who can bid highest. I believe it should depend upon humanity's moral choices.

      If a man wants to save the black rhino, where are his resources of time, energy, and money best placed? That's a moral choice. Is sport-hunting really the best way to conserve this species?

      If a man has decided to contribute $350,000 toward the conservation of a species, how is that money best used? Does it make more sense to put the money toward the purpose of killing an animal or toward something else? If Mr. Knowlton's motives are truly conservation-based, I want to know that he has weighed ALL of the options regarding the use of his money.

      January 18, 2014 at 2:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob

        Gizmo,
        You my friend are a lost cause. Can't reply to something so ignorant. Peace be with you and I hope you seek help for your mental disorder. You could always put your money where your mouth is and create a new and better way to protect and conserve wildlife. Just keep in mind that it has to be profitable otherwise you'll just have another welfare system that enables wildlife. Good luck!!

        January 18, 2014 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Vicky

      Bob, you make this sound like a hostage negotiation: "Hand over the money or the endangered animal gets it."

      January 18, 2014 at 3:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob

        Vicky,
        I guess what you and a few million others don't get is the very definition of our existence today. Capitalism. I'm not the guy who made the rules we all live by, which is simply, if it doesn't have value, then it won't last very long in our world. If zoos weren't constantly being backed by wealthy people throwing their money into what they believe is a good thing for animals, there wouldn't be any zoos. They do not make enough money from visitors to exist. My point is simply, without someone or some group that wants to throw an immense amount of money at preserving Black Rhino's survival, then they would be quickly killed into extinction by poachers who could care less about any trophy. They want the horn to sell to some perverted land of people that want to grind it up and use it for some voodoo type of medical treatment. In other words without money they no longer exist because they have no value. I didn't create capitalism, so if you want to live in never never land and pretend that all people are good and will give up their land and their very existence to let animals have it all back, then go of it.

        January 18, 2014 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Nigel Miller

      Bob, simple question.

      If hunters love conservation so much, why did the Government have to pass laws to get them to pay up ?

      When I give money to conservation I do it of my own free will, no-one forces me to pay, no-one taxes me. Let's cancel the FAET and stop hunting tags and then we'll see how much you give when it's entirely voluntary and how long the wildlife lasts when it's a free-for-all shoot again.

      January 18, 2014 at 7:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bob

        Nigel,
        You have bounty hunters of the 1800's mixed up with todays definition of Hunters. Humans of all walks of life pay taxes to people they have voted into office. Why? To handle the business of maintaining law and order, to pave roads, build better schools and the list goes on and on. Your argument is ignorant to say the least. Hunters, not some KING or QUEEN decided in a majority vote to allow our Government agencies handle the issuing of tags, quotas, laws, and to dictate seasons of all game species including upland birds. All wildlife benefits from our dollars not just the species we like to hunt. I spend countless days and hours in the field witnessing nature at it's finest. I love every second of it. This is something only people who take the time to enjoy all of gods creatures and the landscape he painted for all of us to live in. We are part of the natural world and definitely part of the echo system. if you want to pretend to live in Walt Disney land where animals talk and then go for it. Chances are you will be arrested for indecent exposure🙂 Point is WE including all walks of life, need to live together in a land that provides for all that reside here. Money, as sad as it sounds, makes the world go round. If you hate capitalism then change that, don't threaten a man and his families life for following the rules governed by that countries elected officials. In other words, if you truly care so much about any animal, then make it your mission to do what you think is best for all animals. I do by buying several tags, donating to proven conservation methods, and actually spending time in the outdoors, so that I have a greater understanding of it. I personally could care less about Africa or the animals within it's borders. I have no desire to kill any African species. I love my continent and the animals that call it home. I truly wished that all of the hunters that do want to go there, would simply stop giving their time and money so that Africa can take care of it's own conservation. Bring that money back to the states. A place where conservation was born, and still thrives!! More numbers of all species then we we arrived here. Yet……we hunt them?? Funny how that works!!

        January 18, 2014 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
      • lingyai

        Bob, I wish you had the ability to step back and see how ridiculous you sound. I'm a wildlife rehabber – since 1950. I learned at an early age to hate the monsters called hunters. You engage in "Home invasion of a species that doesn't have the ability to fight back". If you had any morals – and think hunting is so great – I recommend you develop the "sport" of hunters hunting each other. That might be true sport – a fair fight. Over the past 65 years I've shed many tears for the poor animals you shoot – and end up in my arms. They look into my eyes and ask "Why did somebody do this to me?" Many – like the barn owl shoot by a .22 while roosting in a tree – die in my arms. Hunters are monsters. I recommend you hunt each other if you seek true sport. That might be a fair fight. Until you have that courage, please leave defenseless wildlife alone.

        January 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Sarah Kushner

    "Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

    -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Frank Salatti

    Conservationist don't kill endangered species for $350,000 ! Especially after saying he doesn't enjoy killing . Now he saying his family is in danger ? Well why do something that endangers your family ? He is just another ego maniac that does not eat what he kills . Just wastes life for his ego .

    January 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Diana Atkin

      You nailed it. He is a total ego maniac. Self self self.

      January 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. charles

    If all you guys are so upset why did you not bid on the tag yourself then. so shut your trap and stop looking like fools

    January 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. charles

    Wow cnn is biased who knew

    January 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Miye

    I wouldn't be as upset if the guy just said, "hey, I like hunting and killing stuff and want to boost my ego and add an endangered species to my life-list". Instead he throws around words like "conservation" "life cycle", and "scientists" with reckless abandon, without realizing anything about the ramifications of his actions, nor really understanding the difference between the differences and challenges of conservation efforts. Science-based conservation is NOT ethics-based conservation. The conservation community has always differed on these views, and it will never change. But the bottom line is that by paying 350k for this permit, he just put a bounty on the heads for the remaining rhinos who have roamed the earth far longer than we humans ever have. Poachers for the illegal trade now have have a better idea of the demand for these animals and now they are at an even greater risk of eradication. Thanks, Corey! Great conservation work.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Diana Atkin

      Well said. This Corey character is a liability. Anyone got some robotic creatures that he can fire on with an AK47 in his own back yard to keep out of Africa?

      January 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Save All Elephants Facebook

      Exactly.

      January 18, 2014 at 3:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Diana Atkin

    Sorry Piers but I had to switch from CNN, I just couldn't listen to this banker (spelt with a 'w') any longer. So what if it was an overpopulated rhino? So what so what regarding his arrogant, self-justifying arguments. He had no empathy. If his family is being targeted and he feels hunted by his own species then he should put himself in the rhino's place. He cut short a life of a wild animal minding his own business until the American white hunter came along. How dare they offer killing sprees in Africa under auction in the US? Is this is a tax dodge? For this man to say that he killed the animal but respects it is when I had to turn him and senseless babble off. He should be ashamed of himself.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Save All Elephants

      There is rumor Knowlton's gun business is going to resell the permit. He even said he didn't think enough $ was offered for it.

      January 18, 2014 at 3:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Diane Wolf

    Dear Mrs Corey Knowlton, It's time to take your own very dark black rhino by the horn and re-educate him. What kind of a man are you married to? Is this behaviour and example the one you want the father of your children to set and demonstrate to them? Why pay such a large sum of money for a kill and thrill. Isn't it truly pure self indulgence? How would you like if, as an American, foreigners paid money at auction and came to your state to unnecessarily kill a creature that was a representation of America? Please think deeply about the man you are married to – he is in need of a capture net and re-penning somewhere else – perhaps in a wild life area. Because he is wild and dangerous – to animals and mankind.

    January 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. tamarabirdsall

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points ->https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 17, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Christa

    So, Corey had his say, no doubt orchestrated by DSC and Hunting Consortium, why not give a platform now
    to those who don't agree with the rhino hunt?

    January 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Patty Shenker

    "Those Without Wealth May One Day Prosper But Those without Kindness are Utterly & Incurably Poor."
    This pathetic hunter is as poor as one can get! Bob Barker is a crusader against cruelty & injustice; Corey Knowlton is a sadistic impotent man, a poacher really!

    January 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. jp

    I don't really care if the old black rhinos are viscious or not, there's no 100% proof that the rhino will kill a young. Just leave nature alone, it's already endangered. Human involvement is just almost always bad, just LET THEM BE.

    January 17, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Super Amanda

    Of course Corey Knowlton ignores the fact that hundreds of rare and rapidly vanishing animals are POACHED under the guise of TROPHY HUNTING each MONTH. The Safari Club could care less. The amount they donate to anti poaching is nominal and simply part of their fantastical PR. It can't cancel out the fact Trophy Hunting in the past 50 years,has along with poaching nearly wiped out large and rare cats and mammals. These hunters are deregulation/less government fanatics who want to kill whichever rare animal they choose, whenever they choose. The Safari Cub even supports canned hunting of lions, rhinos and yes even Tigers imported onto Africa soil. No one can explain how farm raised rare animals, drugged and the blown away at point blank range is about conservation. Frankly the auction convention site looked like nothing more than a vast taxidermy warehouse with hundreds of videos of rare cats and rhinos being killed, much less part of anything positive or sustainable. I have yet to see a photo of any lasting benefit (or even a meal) that Trophy Hunters give to 'da po natives' leading me to believe it is more Great White Hunter PR spiel. This hunt of Ronnie the Rhinoceros is nothing more than a glorified canned hunt which sends a sickening, Satanic message to young children of today. The horror a young child must feel knowing the adults of the world are killing the largest and or most, critically endangered apex animals for "fun" is unimaginable. Cut through this man's conservation hooey and you'll read a "Christian male" bias that implores us with rank elitist sincerity to unequivocally "trust the Great White Hunter to be honest and do his job" while he saves the rare animals HE KILLS from poachers! Dream on. Trophy Hunters are empirically non trust worthy decent people, they kill for fun and exploit rarely enforced international laws ad corrupt governments like Zuma's South Africa. But their days are dwindling and within a few years rare exotic trophies will be banned for importation into the USA. President Obama has started cracking down on Craigslist including a man in Texas who was buying trophy hunted Rhino horns and selling them to Asians in the states. And soon exotic canned hunting in the USA where rare cats are blown away after being drugged ,will be wiped out and the broken and tragic exotic pet trade will become a Federal offence not the states rights joke it currently. And the person who does pull the trigger (word is that Corey Knowlton is allegedly nothing but a shill buyer) will be hounded for life as will his descendants as the one who "killed one of the last Rhinos" in a gloried canned hunt. Rather a trashy way to be remembered.

    January 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JSV

      My gosh, its ironic that its always those people who oppose hunting who are the first ones to sling mud and derogatory comments and insults. do you have any facts to back up your side of the story?

      January 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  56. Sharon McLaughlin

    Lies, lies, lies. This whole thing has nothing to do with conservation. It's all about making MONEY. There are a lot of fingers in this pie. Mr Knowlton can't come cry crododile tear now. There were threats out there long before the auction took place. Everyone there knew what kind of attention they were going to receive on the purchase of this permit. He made his choice regardless of the risk. There is an Endangered List (one would hope for good reason), it should be an International CRIME to kill any animal on that list. If Mr Knowlton cared that much about conservation and the safety of his family he would destroy the permit, let the Rhino live and make sure that the money does indeed go towards real conservation. Somehow I don't think his arrogance and ego are going to allow him to do this. Again the choice and risk is his.

    January 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Gina Mireault

    I would like to thank this man for opening my eyes to the level of immorality, selfishness, and evil that can be found in human beings. It is an important reminder. As an academic psychologist, I will use this as a case example of antisocial behavior, especially significant given this man's affluence as wealthy people display psychopathology, we tend to call it "eccentricity". Unfortunate that he doesn't make a $350,000 donation to the cause of preserving the Black Rhino. And shame on Namibia for allowing this.

    January 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. Judith Reynolds

    I am going to be very brief in my post. The killing of this critically endangered rhino is not in any way helping to conserve the species. Please let this rhino live and put the money into true conservation of the species by donating it to the Rangers who fight against poaching of them! Please have a heart and do the right thing!

    January 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Tisha Wardlow

    This is NOT even about hunting or the right to hunt. This is about intentionally decimating an endangered species.
    The point in listing a species as endangered is to protect it. Killing one and claiming anything good comes of it, flies in the face of reason.
    And Corey-if you are so concerned for your family, perhaps you should not partake in the hunt and donate the money toward....conservation.

    January 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Jim Moser

    This CREEP needs to be hunted for months but NOT killed. LET HIM SUFFER!!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  61. Vicky Jones

    I don't really understand the argument that killing makes a person feel more "connected to life." I do not profess to understand the primitive thoughts that go through a man's head when he meets a fellow creature – ancient and enormous and free and wild – and sees an opportunity in this meeting to demonstrate his value as a man to himself and to the world. I do not understand how destruction makes a man more manly. Destruction is what viruses do. Behaving like a virus is a waste of brain.

    I believe, though, that men who live their lives on a ladder, see every encounter with every creature, man or beast, to move himself up a rung by moving someone/something down a rung. You push something down a rung by dominating it, controlling it, putting it in its place, subordinating it, removing its rights, and killing it once you've got what you needed from it. This is the way women are treated in patriarchal cultures, it's the way slaves have been treated three most of human history, and it is the way American immigrants treated the indigenes people of the new world. We wiped them out and got 'em out of the territories we wanted live in, so he could be on top.

    At the end of a trophy hunt, everybody on the ladder knows where s/he stands: the hunters stand tall, gloriously, victorious over the decimation of fathers, mothers, and family elders. The infants of the slain are "set free" but have nowhere to go because, without the teaching of the elders, pachyderm children don't really know how to grow into healthy adults. I don't see how this behavior is in any way different from that of a population of locusts headed for the wheat field or a population of malaria parasites determined to eat their greedy fill. Invasive species don't care if another species gets wiped out.

    What if we had a different model? A model of a circle instead of the ladder? And whenever we met a new creature, what if we decide to regard him as our precious brother rather than as leverage for our own ambitions of dominance and control? What if, instead of studying how we would capture/control/destroy such a creature, we decided to study how we could foster a safe, healthy, natural environment for them where his kind could thrive? What if we replaced the pride of the conquest with the fun of research, the thrill of discovery, the eventual understanding that you could have a more intimate connection with our ancient and mighty brothers and sister than we ever thought possible? Can you imagine catching that one vocalizations tape that no one has ever been able to capture or that moment between mother and calf that nobody has ever seen?

    Regarding fellow creatures as opportunities for dominion rather than as opportunities to fulfill man's calling to be protector and guardian seems to me to be a waste of man's potential. I would like to see some other commentators invited into this discussion. Not just pro-trophy-hunting and anti-trophy-hunting guys BUT ALSO some guys who want to talk about what it means to be a man - are we stewards of the planet or just a mass of cowbirds and garlic mustard, invasively spreading our species across the whole world with no thought of consequences?

    I'd like CNN to bring in some thinkers to ask the hunters: "What is it to a human? What is it to be a man? What are the best ways to live up to our potential? To kill, tear down, rebuild, re-route, re-shape? Or to learn from the land, the plants and animals and indigenous peoples so that their futures are strengthened along with our own? Are we stewards or just another invasive species?"

    January 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JSV

      really a nice rosy story–but not practical. Kenya tried your approach and they lost 80% of their wildlife. Namibia and South Africa embrace hunting, we have more wildlife than Kenya. Namibia has over 5000 rhino, South Africa has over 18 000 rhino, Kenya has 361 all of which were re introduced from South Africa-go figure. Do you want circles or do you want rhinos????

      January 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  62. frances

    So, when do we get to auction permits to kill elderly, aggressive, impotent human males? They aren't even endagered. And Mr. Knowleton will be one of them one day.

    January 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Maria

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points ->https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  64. mauical

    It so sad a American ending with this winner ticket cuz asoon he get Namibia everything will turn against him and relative and people close too. Some one is going to punish him for his action as a killer !

    January 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. mauical

    It so sad a the killer belong to America , American who offer money yo ending the life of rhino! A soon he get Namibia his life will change dramatically , no place for you will be safe ! I guess u will be a specie for be hunt !

    January 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Craig

    Trophy Hunters who claim to be conservationists are a joke. The only reason they care about saving a species is so that they can continue to kill them. It's a fact that the money being paid to kill this animal could be also be used to relocate it to a sanctuary where it could continue to raise money from visitors wanting to appreciate these magnificent beasts.

    There is something wrong with people that take such joy from killing animals. Sometimes killing is necessary for different reasons, but it should always be a sad event and a last resort. Killing should never be a cause for celebration. Killing for sport and proudly posing with the carcass of a slaughtered animal is sick.

    January 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peggy Martino

      Totally 100% agree *****

      January 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Peggy Martino

    I would like to see a picture of the hunter with the black rhino's horn shoved up his ass.
    I don't normally talk like this...the interview last night made me sick. Live and let live, and that includes the animals. Conservation, baloney! Take your 350,000 and put it to good use....do something that can earn you some praiseworthy attention....do you know how many people that would feed? just for starters as a suggestion.....the idea of doing this for "sport" and for people to accept it....makes me sick, truly sick. I hope he is not allowed to do it.

    January 17, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  68. John May

    CNN needs to issue equal time with those who understand that killing for conservation is anachronistic and a frighteningly perverse form of protecting a critically endangered species. Good science and believable data shows that eco tourism (for example) in the long run does more for conservation and local communities. Increasing wilderness areas, building wildlife corridors, engaging local communities in conservation and increasing wildlife numbers is the only guaranteed way to proceed, NOT KILLING.

    If the USFWS grants this man a permit to import the trophy from the critically endangered rhino he plans to kill... what will come next? How many elephants? how many mountain gorillas? How many lions? How many animals does this man and those who support TROPHY HUNTING AS CONSERVATION plan to erase from the face of the earth in the name of conservation? We must and will find a better way... we demand that CNN provide equivalent airtime to those who (sanely) oppose this sanctioned and violent act by Corey Knowlton, falsely claiming it to be conservation.

    Please look here for cited references and sources on why KILLING FOR conservation does not work

    HUNTING IS NOT CONSERVATION – go here to get your points -> https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

    January 18, 2014 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JSV

      John, you are correct about the value of eco tourism, but you are totally incorrect about the value of sustainable and legal hunting, it is a major contributor to Namibias wildlife success story, as well as South Africas. fact. Hunting and eco tourism both place a value on wildlife and wild places, to condemn one over the other is a big mistake.

      January 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  69. HystErica

    If he's so dedicated to conservation, how about putting his $$ towards preserving habitats instead of bidding on the chance to shoot at something from a jeep...

    January 18, 2014 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  70. Save All Elephants

    So, when any of these hunter-bidders are old and aggressive and past they reproduction potential, do we get to hold an auction to get a permit to hunt them?

    Namibia would sell their grandmothers, they just sold 11 hapless elephants to Cuba. And if you believe the rhino is really aggressive, I have a bridge to sell you. Plus no one knows when rhino sperm count actually decreases to be past reproduction potential. An older animal can be of more worth to its herd for its knowledge to food and water than for babies. This is all spin by the hunting lobby and corrupt Namibia officials of it being an old aggressive animal.

    January 18, 2014 at 3:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  71. Save All Elephants Facebook

    Morgan Staff: Watch Knowlton's business. It is rumored that he was the front man for the gun business he works for and that they are going to resell the permit. CK even said that he did not think there was enough $ bid for it.

    Watch Nambia for what is done with the money – it won't go to conservation, of that we can be sure. We should be spotlighting Nambia for its selling of animals, elephants to Cuba and seal clubbing, as well as this morally corrupt act for money.

    January 18, 2014 at 3:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Jane

    He is the wrong target – many hunters have a true understanding of conservation that I as an armchair bunny hugger has no concept of – not that I get what is so spectacular about standing over a magnificent creature with blood oozing out of its brain – but if we want a target lets go for the poachers who get paid a pittance to slaughter, let's go for those guys who think rhino horn will give them potency in the bedroom and for whom rhino horn is a status symbol much like our cars!!! Let's look at our hypocrisy if we eat meat and dont question how that animal is slaughtered at the abattoir. There are trigger happy blood thirsty killer hunters out there. Im not sure this guy is one of them but let's ask him how his bucks will conserve future species of rhino, let's ask what he is doing long term to conserve the species. Otherwise we are turning on each other and the real culprits are laughing as they snort their rhino horn!!! Lets wake up-!!!

    January 18, 2014 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  73. Sammy Benjamin

    This Rhino is not the only animal this person killed in his lifetime for his hunting PLEASURE. In the old days they hunted so they can get to EAT. This man has a FETISH of KILLING and he uses animals to satisfy this.

    I am sure many other people do this too for their PERSONAL KILLING PLEASURE. The fact that he is defending himself for his personal beliefs to be be respected, is deplorable. But yet he is AFRAID when his own family is put in the same situation as he has put the Rhino and other innocent animals he has Killed thus far.
    – Sammy Benjamin

    January 18, 2014 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lingyai

      Sammy,
      It isn't only this man – its all hunters, and there are plenty of them watching Duck Dynasty as well. Mentally ill deficients. Its why America is on the downhill slide, going the same way as Rome in the last days of the Roman empire. Sad. – Ronald Reagan and the two Bush presidents (especially the Frat Rat young boy) were Red neck favorites. In 1950 when I was five my Mama told me, "You were born before the Bomb. America came out of WWII the World Power. Egypt was the World Power for 2,000 years, Rome for 1,000, Spain, France, England for 500 years each. America will be the World power for only 50 years." I asked, "How can you say that? George Bush hasn't even been born yet!" Unfortunately, she was right. Guys like Cory Knowlton and Duck Dynasty – and the NRA – are simply signs of America's degeneration. I'm very patriotic so its very sad, but true.

      January 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  74. Stefanie Tolski

    While I think it is wrong and stupid to threaten this guy or his familiy, I am really shocked by this auction. I don't care and do not need to hear the so called experts that this guy mentiones. You can not be an animal protector or a conservationist by paying for killing a completely healthy animal that should be protected. He enjoys killing, period. Otherwise donate the money. What's next? A pedophile paying for an auction to spend an hour with a child and the money going into child welfare projects? This is how screwed up this is.

    January 18, 2014 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lingyai

      Excellent analogy. Like all hunters Cory has a warped mind. Even normal hunting is home invasion of species who do not have the ability to fight back. This Black Rhino thing is "pinball" hunting. He – and the Dallas Hunting Club members – are seriously mentally ill sick puppies. I feel sorry for his children.

      January 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JSV

      as good as your intentions are you are clueless. read my post for some facts.

      January 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  75. Steve West

    The money goes to Rhino conservation, and I doubt anyone ever paid $350,000 to take a photo of a rhino! Hunters are the only ones willing to pay that kind of money and contribute to the conservation efforts to further enhance several species around the world. I would ask Bob Barker to cough up $350,000 and buy the hunt and go on a photo safari... I didn't see him bidding. Nor did I see any other PETA or other so called conservationists bidding on the rhino hunt... They speak a big game but never write the check, thank you for your donation to true conservation Corey, the Black Rhino will forever benefit from your generosity. Good luck on the hunt.

    January 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  76. Kit Barth

    Why not hunt something that can hunt you at the same time. Melissa Bachman likes to put her kills on the wall also. A real challenge, hunt each other. Now that is something to see, or are you both afraid of something that can shoot back?.

    January 18, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JSV

      you have added nothing of value to this debate. instead of talking nonsense do some homework then hopefully come back with something meaningful .

      January 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  77. Nicole

    Southern African countries such as SA, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia are literally in War Zones of the rhino poaching wars, and by war I mean gun shootouts in the bush between poachers and anti-poaching units. 1004 rhinos were killed last year in SA, and this is not even including the statistics in surrounding countries or the claves orphaned by the attacks. Sometimes 8 rhinos are killed in a day. Poachers now use drugs to sedate rhinos and hack out horns while the animal is alive. 4 out of 5 rhinos die of their wounds within 24hrs. Less than 5000 Black rhino remain in the world, and the western black rhino was announced extinct last year.
    Many countries are prohibiting the hunting permit of rhino as well as trophy export in effort to aid in the anti-poaching wars. Sanctuaries for elderly rhino are erected by some conservation groups for tourism. Why Namibia’s public announcement to hunt a critically endangered rhino is such an outcry to the world is three-fold: 1) It gives Namibia a terrible name and reputation in view of the affords made by others – people and countries – fighting to stop the killing of rhino. 2) People involved in the war, such as anti-poaching units, emergency wildlife vets, etc. are always in need of funding which is believed that the government does not aid in the manner it should. These Heroes of the Poaching Wars rely on the general public for support and donations to keep up the fight. And 3) There is great concern from the Namibian public, and surrounding countries, as to where the money of this hunt is actually going. Due to corruption the faith that it will go to conservation is very small, and most fear, as it was with past experiences, that the money will disappear into the system.

    January 19, 2014 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  80. JSV

    Ok, I have read with amusement the howling and banter from uninformed people regarding their distaste for the black rhino hunt that will take place in Namibia. Firstly most of you are clueless, and I appreciate your good intentions "to save my African wildlife" but quite frankly you have it all wrong if you are opposed to this initiative. here are some facts. South Africa & NAMIBIA have the largest rhino populations on earth. Namibia has over 5000, S Africa over 18 000. Dr Player who implemented Operation Rhino in the late 60s early 70s, when we only had 400 rhino in S Africa, will tell you that the value created by HUNTING for rhino resulted in a massive expansion of rhino across South Africa. we have been hunting rhino sustainably for 34 years plus and our rhino populations have grown exponentially since the start of operation rhino-because they are valued by hunters, and hunters pour big money into rhino conservation. Unless wildlife is valued by human beings it will not be looked after, there would be no incentive to protect wildlife. Hunting (sustainable and legal hunting-NOT POACHING) is a major contributor to funding conservancies, community wildlife lands and private and some state reserves in Southern Africa. It is thru hunting that these vast tracts of land remain pristine and uninhabited by mass human populations, and thus are perfect homes for wild animals. People like Piers Morgan thrive on heated debates, they thrive and make a living from exploiting human emotions–which is the easiest human characteristic to exploit & he is very good at it, and he succeeded in making millions of uninformed people gasp at the idea of hunting a black rhino.. Frankly, this rhino hunt is 100% sustainable, it is not detrimental to rhino populations and it will generate much needed income for black rhino conservation and protection in Namibia. The sustainable utilisation of wildlife is what brought South Africas rhino from 400 to 18 000, it brought S Africas wildlife numbers (all species included) from an estimated 600 000 in 1967 to an estimated 25 million plus in 2012. In Namibia there are millions of acres of land set aside for wildlife by private land owners and by the state, and these pieces of land are utilized sustainably where wildlife, including rhino are harvested. the same applies to South Africa where 30%+ of rhino live on private land, where the private sector owns 50 million acres+ of land dedicated to wildlife, where wildlife out numbers cattle on private land today, where we don't need anyone to tell us how to manage our wildlife, where we know and it has been proven that sustainable utilisation of wildlife works in favour of wildlife and human beings–which is why we have an unparalleled conservation success story, just like they do in Namibia. Now for all of you who are opposed to hunting for whatever reasons, here is another fact that you can chew on. Kenya stopped all forms of wildlife utilisation in 1977, today their wildlife numbers have dwindled by up to 80%. Kenya once had more rhino than South Africa, today they have 361, everyone of which was re introduced to Kenya from South Africa, where we have been hunting rhino for over 34 years, and we have 18 000+. They have 361. leave us alone, leave Corey alone, stop attacking hunters when you don't know what you are talking about. I am a hunter and a conservationist, and I am proud of this. Stick to the facts and don't let your emotions and sentiments get the better of you and do not be blinded by the propaganda that the animal rightists brainwash you with, they are a corrupt bunch, who are the greatest threat to wildlife on earth. get over it. conservation is just talk without money.

    January 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  81. Gator Woman

    This man, this Club, this thinking, needs to all just go away.
    The world would be a much better place.
    Regardless of the current Global mind set, animals were not put here for us to torture and murder.
    We are their keepers and we are NOT doing it very well, are we?

    January 21, 2014 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply

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