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BREAKING: Dallas Safari Club Cancels Elephant Hunt [VIDEO]

The Dallas Safari Club has announced it will cancel the auction of an elephant hunt in Africa. 

It was announced on Saturday that the elephant hunt, planned to be auctioned to the highest bidder at the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas Safari Club representative Ben Carter told The Associated Press that the donor of the hunt withdrew his donation.

Here’s a video report from NBC News in Dallas.

The African elephant is regarded as vulnerable, a level below endangered. Many elephant hunts in Africa help maintain population numbers and protect and support local villagers.

The convention, held January 15th – 18th, 2015, has received criticism since last year’s convention, when an endangered black rhino hunt was auctioned. That hunt has been halted while permits to bring the rhino carcass back to America are acquired.

The auction at this year’s convention still included a 14-day trophy leopard hunt in Mozambique.

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BREAKING: Dallas Safari Club Cancels Elephant Hunt [VIDEO]