We were pretty baffled by the news that Dallas Safari Club (DSC) plans to auction off the chance to hunt an endangered black rhino, with the proceeds going to a rhinoceros conservation fund. Apparently, we weren’t alone.
Ecorazzi nation, the Colbert nation seems equally baffled. Stephen Colbert strikes again, as “The Colbert Report” devoted last night’s “The Word” segment to blasting the DSC.
Colbert says there are only about 5,000 black rhinos left in the world, but “Luckily folks, one group has stepped forward with a bold conservation plan. The Dallas Safari Club says they will save the black rhino by auctioning off the chance to shoot one. It’s like the old saying: if you love something set it free, then when it has a bit of a head start, open fire.” A video of a DSC spokesman explaining the rare chance to have a black rhino as a trophy gets laughs from the crowd. As Colbert says, “the more you shoot, the rarer it gets.”
So what’s Colbert’s solution? He has two! “How about this? We shoot all 5,000 remaining rhinos. That will bring in 3.7 billion and we can use that cash to keep one last rhino safely confined (in case we want to shoot him).” The other solution: auctioning off the chance to hunt a member of the Dallas Safari Club.
Watch the hilarious 6+ minutes Colbert taking on “hunting as conservation.”