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Namibia bids for trophy hunters to kill 3 endangered black rhino species

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<p>Namibia has launched bids to attract trophy hunters to kill three endangered black rhinos despite fierce global criticism over previous auctions.</p> <p>Since 2012, Namibia has sold licences each year to kill individual rhinos, saying the money is essential to fund conservation projects and anti-poaching protection.</p> <p>Last year, an American hunter paid over $350,000 to obtain the rights to kill a rhinoceros species threatened by poaching.</p> <p>The spokesman of the Environment Ministry, Romeo Muyunda, defended this auction. “We believe that it is the right thing to do,” he told <span class="caps">AFP</span>.</p> <p>“This is a privilege to any state. We have our own laws and we are doing nothing that violates these laws”, he added, saying that the government wanted to avoid new controversies.</p> <p>In an advertisement for the auction, the ministry of environment included discounts to businesses owned by Namibians or to those hiring a professional hunter from Namibia.</p> <p>In the neighboring country South Africa, nearly 1,200 rhinoceros have been slaughtered in the last year by poachers in quest of horns whose powder is a popular medicine in Asia.</p>

This is a privilege to any state. We have our own laws and we are doing nothing that violates these laws

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