‘Ambitious’ Dallas Safari Club

“Dallas Safari Club developing into national powerhouse,” The Dallas Morning News, 12 January 2016

According to The Dallas Morning News, DSC is going national, with a membership of some 6,000 and rising (with DSC’s revenue now at some $5.5m USD). 

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).

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  • justnicephotos

    (January 12, 2016 - 11:34 am)

    Nothing new there and it this reminds me very much of the WWF, see http://www.wickedwildlifefund.com/

    • internationalwildlifebond1

      (January 12, 2016 - 12:37 pm)

      Agree that DSC and SCI are both hunt focused clubs, hiding behind some thin notion of ‘conservation’ to justify their deluded ‘needs.’ This ‘conservation’ often means saving habitat and numbers from others, so the animals can be killed by paying hunters instead of poachers etc. – not so much saving a species, but saving the killing of a species for themselves. WWF – well a dubious stance for sure, which I do not understand 100%………

  • Madchen

    (January 12, 2016 - 8:09 pm)

    Judgment influences basic decisions
    Would anyone say that good judgment is used in the decision to use animals as a killing target for “sport”? People in DSC have the money to indulge themselves in killing animals for entertainment and will come up with any justification for doing so. The fact is they have a mental defect and money can’t erase that fact!

  • debrahky

    (January 12, 2016 - 8:14 pm)

    We aren’t giving up. I don’t care how big their membership is. They can pump their chests and pose their leg a top a dead animal. More of us than them and we are simply more passionate.

  • Anne Falkenreck

    (January 13, 2016 - 8:15 am)

    THE CONSERVATION OF THE SPECIES BULL CRAP IS ABUSED BY MOST CLUBS. TROPHY HUNTERS (THRILL KILLERS) WHO GO TO AFRICA TO KILL WILDLIFE, GET A TAX CREDIT FOR THEIR EXPENDITURES. HOORAY !! MONEY BACK FOR YOUR LUST OF KILLING BEAUTIFUL WILDLIFE.

  • Johanna Janssen

    (January 13, 2016 - 11:35 am)

    This is the biggest dirty bullshit ever. GD lies. These types of filth shoud be decimated from earth

  • Virginia Leary

    (January 13, 2016 - 3:30 pm)

    This should be stopped now! These “people” are inhumane creeps. Lets put them on the endangered list then place them in an open field and hunt them

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