1. The Dallas Safari Club sponsored the closed-door event on Saturday night.
4. The club’s executive director, Ben Carter, defended the auction, saying money raised will go to protecting the species.
He said the rhino is old and non breeding — and that the animal was likely to be targeted for removal anyway because it was becoming aggressive.
5. Experts from the Humane Society and the International Fund for Animal Welfare have said that while culling can be appropriate for some animals, black rhinos should be protected.
There are 4,000 black rhinos left in the wild, down from 70,000 in the 1960s.
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