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What's wrong with Trophy Hunting?

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Trophy hunting is the stalking and killing of wild animals for sport. The League believes this multi-million pound international industry is utterly unjustifiable and is causing an irreversible decline in some of the world's most threatened species. 

We believe the hunter’s money would be far better spent protecting the animals' habitat so that future generations can enjoy witnessing them in their natural habitat and we campaign to see this kind of hunting abolished. 

Since 1996, customers of UK and European travel companies have slaughtered over 9,000 bears, more than 2,500 highly endangered leopards and nearly 4,000 African elephants1 . Over 560 wild lions are killed every year in Africa by international trophy hunters. 62% of trophies from these kills are imported into the United States.

Every year, travel companies rake in millions of pounds from British and other European citizens who buy package tours to Africa, North America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Once there, these  game hunters slaughter tens of thousands of animals, many of which are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as at risk, endangered or bordering on extinction.

Endangered or vulnerable animals at risk from trophy hunters include

  • Polar bear 
  • Brown bear/grizzly bear 
  • Rhinoceros 
  • Hippopotamus
  • African lion 
  • Leopard 
  • Cheetah
  • Zebra

1League Against Cruel Sports (2003) Wild About Killing.