Trophy hunters threaten endangered animals

November 20, 2020

How can anyone be proud of killing such magnificent creatures, asks leading primatologist Jane Goodall.

The natural world is becoming increasingly threatened as we move into the twenty-first century. Yet some of the most endangered animals on the planet continue to be relentlessly persecuted by trophy hunters.

Follow The Money: Trophy Hunting Does Not Help Communities

November 20, 2020

Born Free USA promotes eco-friendly tourism as an alternative to trophy hunting. Not only does this kind of tourism protect wildlife, it also has the potential to generate far more income and opportunity for human communities.

GREAT NEWS : Swiss to ban foreign trophy hunters from killing Alpine ibex

November 20, 2020

Outraged citizens launched a petition demanding the "disgraceful" hunt be halted, gathering some 75,000 signatures in a matter of months. The entire Swiss ibex population was wiped out at the end of the 19th century, but since they were reintroduced from neighboring Italy, the population in the country has grown to around 17,000.

Old males vital to elephant societies

November 20, 2020

Trophy hunters justify targeting older bull elephants on the grounds they are "redundant" in terms of breeding and hence species survival. But the new study, by the University of Exeter, shows the oldest bulls in all-male groups are the most likely to hold leading positions when the elephants travel, potentially helping younger, less experienced followers find food and water.

Bowhunting Couple Face Charges in Nebraska’s Largest Poaching Case Ever

November 09, 2020

This is not the first time the Bowmars have found themselves facing public scrutiny. In 2016, Josh Bowmar killed a black bear in Canada using a spear with a GoPro attached, causing an international backlash.

Province investigating after someone illegally shot and killed a white moose in northern Ontario

November 20, 2020

SHAMEFUL During the week of Oct. 26, authorities said someone shot and harvested two cow moose on Nova Road near Kilometer 18, east of Foleyet. "One of the cow moose was white. It is illegal to shoot and harvest white moose in wildlife management unit 30 and 31," South Porcupine Crime Stoppers said in a news release Thursday.

Proposed Jane Goodall Act seeks to ban new captivity of great apes and elephants

November 20, 2020

Keeping great apes, elephants and other animals in captivity shows society’s lack of humanity, said Senator Murray Sinclair, who has teamed up with primatologist Jane Goodall to propose legislation banning the practice.

The BIG LIE about lion trophy hunting

January 15, 2020

Being tagged as the cause of crashing lion populations makes trophy hunting of lions in Tanzania NOT sustainable, and the widespread use of fraud and corruption as a business tool suggests a morally bankrupt industry. Consider the following six examples of why the trophy hunting of free-roaming lions is NOT sustainable – from the very countries held high by the trophy hunting industry itself as being paragons of sustainable hunting practices: READ MORE

CANADA is the world #1 exporter of trophy, mostly to the U. S., next to South Africa.

January 01, 2020

This is a promo for the Safari Club International's I convention next month. It uses Canada North and its “contributions”, and pays indigenous guides to kill our endangered northern wildlife — using it as a platform to discuss trophy hunters’ rights, and how to avoid alienating the non-hunting public.


Britain will have toughest trophy hunting rules in the world as Government announces ban of 'morally indefensible' act

January 10, 2020

Britain is to have the toughest trophy hunting laws in the world as the Government announced they will be tabling a  ban on the "morally indefensible" act. Hunters will no longer be able to bring back endangered animal parts from Africa as part of wide-ranging legislation that will also stop the import of exotic furs and rugs. So Canada...when are you going to step up?

Applied Ecology: Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management

January 10, 2020

These findings come at a time of heightened controversy in wildlife management, when contentious policy is often defended by agencies claiming adherence to science-based approaches.The study found that most systems (60%) contained fewer than half of the indicator criteria assessed. Some of the most basic assumptions of a scientific approach were almost entirely absent from wildlife management documents.


January 10, 2020

It is indeed fascinating that hunting lobbying groups accuse ‘western’ NGOs of unduly influencing conservation policies in African countries. But the very western SCI Foundation (SCIF) – that carries out the second arm of the SCI’s mission – has long had its tentacles in African conservation policy formation. A recent article, for instance, articulates the SCIF’s interest in the 2019 Botswana elections. A win for President Masisi was good news for the SCI, as he controversially reinstated trophy hunting in what had become a veritable wildlife haven.

Ontario sacrificing wolves, coyotes, moose to appease hunters

November 16, 2019

Though they are a convenient scapegoat, wolves and coyotes are not responsible for Ontario’s dwindling moose populations. Science points to a less convenient reality, in which the real culprits are human-caused habitat loss and climate change, which causes changes in wildlife range and vegetation, as well as parasite loadings. Humans are also hunting too many moose, particularly moose calves.

A picture speaks a thousand words. Shameful

January 01, 2015

Older article yet even more relevant today.These are not weekend deer hunters. Safari Club International members routinely pay tens of thousands of dollars—if not hundreds of thousands—for exotic hunting trips, where they “collect” some of the planet’s most threatened species including rhinos, cheetahs, leopards, lions, and African elephants. SCI members were part of a federal court battle over the right to import trophies of the straight-horned Markhor, a mountain goat found in the remote tribal regions of Pakistan which at the time was classified by USFWS as endangered and of which fewer than 6,000 animals exist in the wild today. SCI members routinely stalk argali sheep in Mongolia, pumas in Argentina, bears in eastern Russia and muskox in Greenland.

Busting the Myths – the truth behind Trophy Hunting

July 16, 2019

Hunters claim that the fees they pay benefit wildlife conservation, local communities, and the economics of the countries when trophy hunting takes place. They also claim that by targeting ‘problem’ or ‘redundant’ animals their activities represent a legitimate form of wildlife management. Today, international wildlife charity Born Free has released the findings of their 18-month cross-disciplinary investigation into the practice, finally unveiling the truth behind the myths.

This article never gets old. Comprehensive and worth a read.

July 16, 2019

Most of South Africa’s lions are captive-bred animals used for canned hunting – where trophy animals are bred in captivity and “hunted” in small enclosures –  Tanzania’s lion population has dropped by 60% in just over a decade.

When will the Government of Canada step up to the plate and say enough of the slaughter?

July 02, 2019

U.S. House Approves Buchanan Measure to Stop the Slaughter of Endangered Lions & Elephants.

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Thursday approved Rep. Vern Buchanan’s amendment to protect endangered African lions and elephants by banning the importation of their dead carcasses into the United States to be mounted as trophies. Buchanan’s amendment passed the House by a vote of 239 to 192.  

Trophy-hunting bears is no way to manage wildlife.

April 26, 2019

Here’s what the science tells us: Human-bear conflicts are best managed through public education on how to remove food attractants and properly safeguard animals. Electric fencing around bee hives, chicken coops and birthing pastures for farm animals are proven strategies. If needed, aversive conditioning or temporary diversionary feeding by trained professionals is also effective at addressing conflicts.

Trophy Hunting, Part One: The Nasty Colonial sport of shooting wild animals

April 25, 2019

Trophy hunting has historically been the preserve of colonial, white males. The only thing that has really changed is that the white males are no longer colonials, but come from all over the world to hunt Africa’s wild animals. Their weapons are high-powered, precise, and often a product of developments in military technology.“Sport” hunting is driven, neither by the need for food nor for conservation in a time of the planetary biological collapse, but by money and the desire to hang a reconstructed “conquest” on the wall or walk on its flayed skin in the hallway

Pulling The Curtain Back On The Disgraceful Subculture Of Trophy Hunting Of The World’s Rarest Animals

June 03, 2019

According to a report issued by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service this spring, the United States granted import permits between 2013 and 2017 for 32,100 black bears, 10,122 sand hill cranes, 2,645 African lions, 2,552 Chacma baboons, and 2,148 mountain zebras, which, like several other species on that list, are considered vulnerable or rare by international conservation authorities. Originally killed in CANADA and a number of southern African nations, these animals and their parts come into the U.S. on terms broadly set by Congress, our federal wildlife agencies, and a United Nations treaty organization that tracks species at risk.

Trophy hunting ‘Imperial’ and ‘Unsustainable’

June 20, 2019

Trophy hunting elephants has negative consequences for conservation and local communities. 

A colonial attitude remains pervasive among those who defend the trophy hunting of elephants. They argue that ‘the west’ must stop lecturing Africans about how to manage their elephants. 

But it was Western hunters who shot elephants out to the point where they had to establish reserves, dispossessing and crowding out local communities in the process. 

Fortress conservation and green militarization are direct functions of these past colonial activities that created a ‘white hunter/black poacher’ narrative. As with colonialism and slavery, the hunting of elephants for sport will eventually be abolished. 

Insiders reveal how Canada used dubious research to approve major industrial projects

June 20, 2019

Halfyard is one of several scientists who spoke to National Observer about their experiences with environmental assessments on major industrial projects that got approved after their proponents submitted dubious evidence in their applications. The consultants all experienced similar pressure to overlook evidence that might make it difficult for projects to get approved by regulatory agencies.

A Death Of Ethics: Is Hunting Destroying Itself?

December 12, 2018

Viewers see the driver throttling toward a coyote then run it over, allowing the traumatized animal to get up and try to flee so he can chase it again. Finally, when the coyote can’t run any longer, the human star of the video pulls a sidearm out of its holster and puts the coyote out of its misery with a bullet to the head.

Outrage over lions bred to be killed by deep-pocketed trophy hunters.

November 17, 2018

“They do not know they are supporting a horrific industry, an industry that even many hunting associations reject as being unethical.” When the lions are four to seven years old, they are sold for trophy hunting. “The laws require that the hunting is not conducted on the same farm that the animal was bred at. Instead, the lions are transported to other areas and shot there, some within days of being relocated.”

HUNTING AND THE WAR ON WILDLIFE..Hunting Is Not Conservation; Hunting is Not Population Control

October 12, 2018

According to best public policy, scientific research and wildlife biology, hunting is not considered a viable nor effective solution for controlling wildlife or keeping nature in balance. And wildlife biologists affirm that hunting wildlife does far more damage than good. 

Gunning Down Grizzlies: Scientists Speak Out

September 11, 2018

This five-minute video features world-renowned scientists speaking out against proposed trophy hunting of Yellowstone grizzly bears and the 2017 removal of endangered species protections for these imperiled bears.

Driving nails into the coffin of Safari Club International By Judy Malone • 28 June 2018

June 28, 2018

US journalist, author, and prominent Republican Matthew Scully has spent considerable time watching and writing about the SCI, dispelling any idea of it as an environmentally-friendly, conservation-minded organisation. They are cold-hearted killers, he tells us, and “respect” means only the courtesy of leaving enough behind for the next hunter. Surveying the stacks of marketing brochures filled with the “pornography of blood-lust” and price lists, he writes: “You don’t have to be the fainthearted type to take in a scene like Safari Club and feel that something has gone horribly wrong, something involving our own human dignity every bit as much as the animals’.” Still SCI manages, through intense lobbying and funding, to convince governments everywhere to facilitate what its members do. But it seems lawmakers and even mainstream media are not yet recognizing the change in public attitudes towards all nonhuman animals.

SCIENCE Humans Are Destroying Animals’ Ancestral Knowledge

September 06, 2018

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The bloodlust of modern-day hunters is a disaster for the planet

July 16, 2018

People queue up to kill Norways’s wolves and bears, while Japan continues its whale slaughter. Despite the noble claims, there’s no justification for hunting as entertainment

Trophy hunting of cougars may increase cougar-human conflict, study finds

October 05, 2016

Cougar trophy hunting in B.C. is linked to human conflicts, according to a study published Monday. After examining 30 years of data on human-caused cougar kills in five regions of B.C. – the Cariboo, Kootenay, Lower Mainland Southwest, Thompson Okanagan and Vancouver Island – researchers found that when trophy hunters killed a larger adult male the younger “sub-adults” or “teenagers” became more prone to human conflict.


January 29, 2018

Unsurprisingly, wildlife management in British Columbia is marked by an outdated mindset that primarily views wild animals as a “resource” to be exploited by recreational hunting or as troublesome creatures that need to be killed because their existence conflicts with human endeavors.The wildlife conservation, wildlife policy in B.C. is mired in a philosophically and structurally faulty approach. (ALBERTA AS WELL?)

B.C. releases documents revealing "HUNTING CULTURE" among conservation officers

January 29, 2018

After repeatedly denying the existence of such documents, the B.C. government has finally complied with a freedom-of-information request revealing a strong hunting culture within the conservation officer service.Conservation Officer Service is too closely tied to pro-hunting organizations ....

TROPHY HUNTING and The Top Countries For U.S. Trophy Hunters

April 08, 2018

A report from the Humane Society of the United States found that while Africa is a hugely popular destination for American trophy hunters, Canada is actually the number one country for imports. Between 2005 and 2014, over half a million dead animals were imported to the U.S. from Canada, 43 percent of all trophy imports. Canada is attractive because of its proximity to the U.S. and it also has a wide range of wildlife with grizzly bears, moose and mountain lions.

Trophy hunting stunting the horns of Bighorn sheep, study finds

January 29, 2018

"What you have here is clearly artificial selection," said biological sciences professor David Coltman. "You can imagine that harvested animals don't have any more offspring. Their genes are removed from the gene pool."

‘Superpredator’ humans are hunting other animals out of existence

January 29, 2018

Though critical to ecosystem health, large carnivores are killed for sport by humans at nine times the rate of any other species.A new study drives home the destructive power of our species. Not only do we kill other animals at much higher rates than other predators, but our ability to bring down larger adults can make it very difficult for some prey populations to recover.

What Trophy Hunting Does to the Elephants It Leaves Behind

January 15, 2018

“It doesn’t matter to elephants if they are killed by poachers or trophy hunters ... either way, you’re a killer.”

Four-in-Five Canadians Support Legislation to Ban Trophy Hunting

January 22, 2018

Most Canadians believe it is time to end the practice of hunting animals for sport, a new nationwide Insights West poll conducted on behalf of Ban Trophy Hunting Ltd. has found.In the online survey of a representative sample of Canadians, 80% of residents support enacting legislation that would ban trophy hunting in their province.

Canada must do more to stop trophy hunting of elephants, conservationists say

December 19, 2017

OTTAWA—In the last decade, Canadians have legally imported more than 2,600 trophy animals that are on an international list of endangered species. The imports also include thousands of animal skins, skulls, feet, ears, tusks, horns and tails of everything from antelope to zebras from all corners of the earth.That database shows that between 2007 and 2016, Canada allowed the legal importation of 2,647 mammals as hunting trophies, including 83 elephants, 256 lions, 134 zebras, 76 hippos and 19 rhinoceroses.

CRY WOLF: An Unethical Oil Story

March 12, 2017

DeSmogBlog investigates the controversial decision by Alberta's government to ignore the threat of rapid industrial expansion in the Alberta Tar Sands region, and instead kill thousands of wolves to appear to be doing something to save dwindling woodland caribou populations. Through interviews with scientists, wildlife experts and a First Nations chief, the myth of Canada's "ethical oil" is further exposed as oil industry green-washing.

Safari Club International Targets Endangered Species

February 14, 2017

Over the last several decades, SCI has helped to down-list many species from "endangered" to "threatened" status so that hunters could legally kill them. In 1979, SCI sought government approval to import not-yet-killed 1,125 trophies of 40 endangered species, including gorillas, cheetahs, tigers, orangutans and snow leopards. SCI claimed its goal was "scientific research" and "incentive for propagation and survival of the species." The request was denied.

How Trophy Hunters Destroy Conservation

February 06, 2017

Their hunting dollars pervert conservation policies in vulnerable third world countries, instigating and perpetuating evils such as captive lion breeding and canned hunting. By conspiring with wealthy landowners in South Africa to build up a vast inventory of captive lions, all bred for the bullet, the hunters have helped open the floodgates to exploitation by the Chinese traditional medicine industry for lion bones.

Tame lions are being killed by rich trophy hunters

September 20, 2016

It's more of a duck shoot than a lion hunt: Tame lions are being killed by trophy hunters conned into believing they living in the wild claims cameraman who captured beasts being gunned down

  • Safari cameraman Derek Gobbett blew whistle on practice in South Africa

  • Mr Gobbett made discovery after being hired by US hunters to film a trek

  • He said group paid thousands to hunt lions released on day of the journey

  • Upsetting footage shows hunters shooting lion and posing with dead body ​

The Morality of Trophy Hunting

January 20, 2016

Hunters argue that their activities only take out older animals that are past their breeding lives and therefore have fulfilled their purpose. Such specious claims have been perpetuated for decades and have been mostly accepted by a gullible audience. Science shows clearly, however, that the elderly of many species still breed and make a vital contribution to the structures of their society. Removing them artificially upsets all sorts of behaviour around reproduction, collective wisdom and, certainly in the case of elephants, discipline within herds. By PETER BORCHERT for UNTOLD AFRICA.

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