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Bob Barker asks Dallas Safari Club to halt rhino hunt auction

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Even one dollar is too much for Bob Barker when it comes to the Dallas Safari Club's plan to auction off a black rhino hunt in Africa.

The former host of The Price is Right penned a letter to the Dallas Safari Club released on Friday that asks the group to call off its auction.

"The rhino that your organization reportedly has in its crosshairs is an older "non-breeding" male who has apparently been deemed expendable," Barker wrote. "As an older male myself, I must say that this seems like a rather harsh way of dealing with senior citizens."

The auction occurs this weekend at the Dallas Convention Center, where the club is holding its annual convention and safari expo.

The permit is for a hunt at a national park in Namibia, Africa for an endangered black rhino similar.

Opponents have said the hunt is irresponsible for a group that says it promotes wildlife conservation.

The safari club hopes to raise at least $250,000 with the auction and said all of the money will be used for rhino conservation efforts in Namibia and to fight poaching.

Barker criticizes the group for its motives, saying it's dressing up greed under the name of conservation.

"True conservationists are those who pay money to keep rhinos alive-in the form of highly lucrative eco-tourism-as opposed to those who pay money for the cheap thrill of taking this magnificent animal's life and putting his head on a wall," Barker wrote.

Barker closes his letter by offering to send the club an autographed photo of himself to auction off instead of the rhino hunt.

"My mug may not fetch as much money as that of a dead rhino, but at least we'll all live to enjoy another sunrise in our sunset years," Barker wrote.

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