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Journalist: Hunter Who Paid to Kill Rare Black Rhino a 'Coward'

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 06:31 PM

The wealthy Texan who shelled out $350,000 for the privilege of hunting down and killing a black rhino — an act he claims helps the endangered species — is a "coward" simply out to satisfy his "bloodlust," award-winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell tells Newsmax TV.

"[He's] is a coward in my book and the fact is that it's everything is wrong with our society," Velez-Mitchell said Monday to Ed Berliner on "MidPoint."

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Corey Knowlton — who traveled to Namibia, Africa, to down the beast — insists he's helping protect a critically-endangered animal. Namibia sells five licenses to kill older rhinos per year, saying the money funds conservation projects and anti-poaching programs.

But Velez-Mitchell said the sickening pay-to-slay is "exhibit A for income inequality."

"If you're rich and you have $350,000 to plump down, you can satisfy your bloodlust, you can kill an innocent animal that was minding its own business and you can even pretend that it's conservation," Velez-Mitchell said.

"If you're a poor African and you kill the same animal, you're a poacher and a criminal.... The idea that we're going to save these animals by killing them is so absurd.

"George Orwell would be proud of that twisted logic. The fact is that the black rhino population has not been decimated because male rhinos get old and grumpy. It's been decimated because human males have been killing these animals to satisfy their bloodlust."

There are only about 5,000 black rhinos in the world, a startling drop from the 850,000 that lived a century ago. Black rhinos and the more common white rhino are routinely killed by poachers who sell their horns for use in traditional Asian medicine.

Velez-Mitchell — author of "Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias," published by Harper — is the winner of two Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States and winner of PETA's Movers and Shakers Award.

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The wealthy Texan who shelled out $350,000 for the privilege of hunting down and killing a black rhino — an act he claims helps the endangered species — is a "coward" simply out to satisfy his "bloodlust," award-winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell tells Newsmax TV.
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