“Dallas Safari Club developing into national powerhouse,” The Dallas Morning News, 12 January 2016
Dallas Safari Club (DSC), recently held its annual conference (“Greatest Hunters’ Convention on the Planet“) at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre, Dallas, 7 – 9 January 2016.
DSC also launched the Dallas Safari Club Conservation Society’s official web-site, with the mission of “Conservation, Education and Protecting Hunters’ Rights.” Detail is lacking, but the site boasts “elephant and lion projects in Africa.“
This is the same DSC that had the dubious distinction of holding a Namibian auction (the first to be held outside of Namibia) in 2014 for an endangered Black rhinoceros – the permit selling for a record ($350,000 USD). It’s not clear how much of that government income went into conservation (though the claim at the time was 100% would be invested in rhino conservation):
“If an animal like the rare black rhinoceros is worth the most with a price on its head, what possible incentive does this provide range countries and local people to move the species toward recovery when the biggest buck can be made short-term by selling permits to kill them to the highest bidders?” – Jeff Flocken (2014), the North America regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare
Last year, the DSC cancelled plans to auction a chance to kill an African elephant, a plan that (unsurprisingly) came under fire from animal conservation groups.
So, with DCS growing to rival Safari Club International (SCI) (thought apparently there is plenty of cross-membership), the lobbying intent is clear. The purported ‘conservation’ value of either ‘club’ less so, though there is a keenness to stop poachers (so there are more animals to be “sustainably harvested” on safari presumably).