After a great deal of international criticism, the Dallas Safari Club was forced to cancel an upcoming elephant hunt after the donor withdrew his donation. This isn't the first time the Dallas Safari Club has come under fire by animal rights activists.
Last year, criticism came after the club auctioned a permit to shoot an endangered black rhino.
The Dallas Safari Club not only put on the largest hunting convention in the world, it is known to be the gathering point for hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts. Giving out awards such as the African Big Game, which awards hunters for the killing and collection of African elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard, these trophy hunts are believed to "aggravate the serious problem of big game poaching in Africa," according to activists.
And the club is under much scrutiny again this year after Ben Carter, the executive director, made the announcement that the elephant hunt, in which the winner has a change to kill an African elephant, was cancelled after the hunt's donor withdrew his donation.
While Carter said, "elephants, lions and leopards are not listed as endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and, in fact, are overpopulated in certain areas of Africa," animal rights activists are against such hunts claiming that these animals are "vulnerable" and "facing a high risk of extinction in the wild."
With mounting pressure, will the hunts stop altogether?