Corey Knowlton Paying Big Money To Hunt Black Rhino Sparks Outrage
There's outrage over a millionaire hunter who has paid $350,000 for a license to kill an elderly black rhino.
Corey Knowlton, TV host on the Outdoor Channel outbid other rich hunters at an auction for a rhino hunting license issued by the African nation of Namibia. Horrified animal rights activists picketed the auction.
Knowlton appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Thursday night to defend his plan to hunt one of the most endangered species on the planet, and said, "I've been on expeditions all over the world. This is probably the most dangerous situation that I'll ever be in outside of walking around right now with all the people that want to kill me."
Since winning the auction, Knowlton says his Facebook page has been inundated with grisly threats like: "I'm going to burn your home" and: "I will find you and I will kill you."
Knowlton said, "I had no idea that they would be attacking my two-year-old daughter, and my seven-year-old daughter, and my beautiful, young wife."
There are just 5,000 black rhinos left on the planet. Knowlton told Piers Morgan, "It's not about enjoying killing. It's about an way of life."
Knowlton has hunted animals all over the world and takes pictures as trophies. He claims the rhino he has permission to kill has been killing other rhinos and the $350,000 he paid will be used for conservation.
But legendary TV game show host Bob Barker is speaking out against the hunt, saying, "The rhino is an older 'non-breeding' male who has apparently been deemed expendable,' the 90 year-old former Price Is Right host says. "As an older male myself, I must say that this seems like a rather harsh way of dealing with senior citizens."
Knowlton says Bob Barker doesn't know what he's talking about.
"If I want to learn about The Price Is Right, if I want to learn about Plinko, I'll talk to Bob Barker," said Knowlton.