US Fish and wildlife service has responded to the hunt in question. Makes for interesting reading. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - International Affairs
Unlike Sully, they are aware of the conservation activities being undertaken by the Namibian government in detail. Take note of the date, this has been ongoing for 10 years and apparently there are still excess rhinos to be culled... But according to sloppy Sully, these people and the FWS must all be dopes that need to be culled...
Q: Why did the Service issue a permit for the import of a black rhino sport-hunted trophy in March 2013?
In 2003, Namibia instituted the “Black Rhino Conservation Strategy for Namibia” with very specific management goals in the areas of range expansion, biological management, protection, policy and legislative framework, capacity-building and sustainability. As part of this strategy, Namibia authorized an annual harvest of five post-reproductive male black rhinos. The removal of limited numbers of males has been shown to stimulate population growth in some areas. Removing specific individuals from a population can result in reduced male fighting, shorter calving intervals, and reduced juvenile mortality.
All known black rhinos in Namibia are ear-notched to assist in identification and monitoring. This ear-notching system makes it possible for the Namibian Government to select specific individuals for culling based on age, reproductive status, and other factors that may contribute to the overall health of the population.
Further, the Namibian government requires a significant contribution to the Game Products Trust Fund (GPTF) for any sport hunting of black rhino to ensure that revenue is directed towards conservation. Money accrued from trophy hunting of black rhinos has been used to fund annual black rhino counts, improved rhino crime investigation and prosecution, and to ensure the traceability of all rhino horn owned by Namibia.
The permit issued in March 2013 applied to a black rhino taken in Namibia in 2009 in accordance with a scientifically-based selection process within Namibia’s national strategy and with significant funds ($175,000) directed to the GPTF. We found that the importation of that sport-hunted black rhino trophy did enhance the survival of the species.
However, the issuance of that permit does not guarantee the issuance of future permits for the import of black rhino sport-hunted trophies from Namibia or elsewhere. The review of any future applications will be based on the eligibility of the applicant, biological data of the specific black rhino being hunted, as well as any new information available at the time the application is received.