The story attempts to end on a thought-inducing quote from the hunter, Corey Knowlton, just moments after the rhino, shot multiple times, died:
"I felt like from day one it was something benefiting the black rhino," Knowlton reflected just moments after the hunt ended. "Being on this hunt, with the amount of criticism it brought and the amount of praise it brought from both sides, I don't think it could have brought more awareness to the black rhino."
This doesn't seem much of a reflection at all, since the hunter did what he came to do and still believes it's helping endangered animals, even with one black rhino's blood on his hands.
The argument from the trophy hunters is premised on the idea that the animals are a singular group of endangered things, not individual animals with individual histories and lives. The individual rhino who was killed by the wealthy trophy hunter, who paid $350,000 for the right to take the rhino's life, has permanently vanished from the world.
"I am deeply saddened, disappointed and incredulous that he sees this mission as contributing to the survival of endangered black rhinos," Flocken told The Dodo in a statement. "If you pay to take a human life and give to humanitarian causes, it does not make you a humanitarian. And paying money to kill one of the last iconic animals on earth does not make you a conservationist."