DALLAS (AP) – A Texas hunting club has canceled plans to auction off a chance to kill an African elephant.
Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Ben Carter told The Associated Press Saturday that the donor has withdrawn the elephant hunt.
The club faced international criticism last year for auctioning a permit to shoot an endangered black rhino.
The rhino hunt has been postponed until the winner receives permission to import the carcass from Namibia.
This year’s auction prizes include a 14-day trophy hunt in Mozambique for an adult male leopard.
Animal welfare activists demonstrated across the street from the Dallas hotel where the club’s convention is taking place.
Among the demonstrators, Angela Antonisse-Oxley of the Dallas-based Black Rhino Project says trophy hunts aggravate the serious problem of poaching in Africa.