On Saturday, a permit issued by the small African nation of Namibia to hunt and kill an endangered black rhino was sold in Dallas, Texas for $350,000. And just when you thought the story couldn’t get any crazier, Namibia granted more permits on Saturday that have caused a stir in many international law circles… because they’re permits to hunt humans.
On Saturday, just a few hours after the rhino hunting permit was sold in the United States, Namibia announced that they’re selling ten tickets to their highest bidders, which would allow hunters to track and kill the human hunters that are hunting the rhino. The hunter(s) that find and kill the rhino hunter will get full amnesty from the country’s relative laws and safe passage out of Namibia once the deed is done.
But that’s not where the story ends. With starting bids that are ten times greater in value than the rhino hunter-hunter permits, Namibia says they’re also selling fifty permits to hunt and kill the humans hunting the rhino hunter, regardless of whether they’ve found the rhino hunter or not. And their parliament is also considering more permits on top of that, to hunt the humans hunting the humans that are hunting the hunter of the black rhino.
“Like many African nations, Namibia is relatively poor compared to the West, so to them, these permits are little more than a new revenue stream,” explained one official at the US State Department. “I wouldn’t be surprised if in a year or two, Namibia is hosting their own real-life version of The Hunger Games. They’ve seen how profitable super-rare hunting permits can get, so granting murder permits is little more than a business transaction at this point.”
The international community has already moved to stop Namibia from issuing the human hunting permits, with threats of embargo and sanctions from the United Nations. Though some argue that if hunters could also be hunted, or if game could fight back, hunting might actually be considered a sport.