In January 2014 the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off a permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia under the guise of conservation. The Club is a not-for-profit institution, which means your tax dollars are supporting an organization that targets and kills endangered species. Corey Knowlton won the auction for $350,000, and on May 18 he went to Namibia to kill a black rhino.
Visitors to Devon in Southwest England are captivated by the beauty of the Dartmoor pony, a breed that has survived on the moors since the Middle Ages. The ponies have gone from carrying tin from the mines to becoming a major tourist attraction. However, these beautiful, hardy ponies are now in danger of extinction.
There will always be politicians sadly in the pocket of these interests and who use their office as a lever to attack us, or to amplify the voices of the status quo in these industries. But let them all remember that we meet these attacks with even more fierce determination to tackle the problems and the misery they've caused.
It's been illegal under federal law for more than 40 years to intentionally injure the hooves and legs of horses to cause them to exaggerate their gait during horse shows. It's called horse "soring," and it involves the infliction of torment upon horses as a way to get a leg up and win ribbons at competitive showing events.