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Information on Trophy Hunting

Canned Lion Hunting - The Dark Side of the Business

In South Africa there are many people who are making a "killing" out of the trophy hunting business by raising lions in captivity to supply the ever growing demand for animals to hunt. It is one of the biggest reasons to try put an end to the sport of trophy hunting. The business is thriving and is a cruel and unethical one. Many hunters claim to be ethical, but to shoot animals that are raised in appaling conditions is not sport, it is barbaric and cruel.

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The Financial Side of Trophy Hunting

One of the most widely used arguments used to defend trophy hunting is the "we support conservation by paying to hunt" argument. The trophy hunting industry does generate a lot of money for some, but does it really benefit those who live in the areas that these hunters are hunting in? Hunting Clubs do donate some money to conservation initiatives and reserach projects, but a lot of it is "guilt money". The hunting clubs will use these charitable donations to try show how they care or to give themselves a better public image. It is a complex debate, but studies have shown that eco-tourism can earn more money than hunting. An animal that is alive can generate more income than a dead one.

Articles on how little trophy hunting benefits the communities where it happens

Top 10 Importers of Trophies from 1975-2013

USA341 976
Germany24 813
Spain22 040
France9 975
South Africa9 221
Mexico5 758
China5 481
Denmark5 070
Austria4 931
Italy2 715

Countries that joined CITES after 1975 may have lower figures.

Source: CITES Trade Database.


Trophy Hunting and Conservation - Fact or Fiction?


The Mind of a Trophy Hunter

The sport of trophy hunting is hard to understand for people who are against the sport. We will be adding more information here to try understand what drives people to do this sport.


Studies Done on Lions