Every year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals, representing hundreds of different species, are slain by trophy hunters. Join our online community to help end this cruel, environmentally destructive practice.
Trophy hunters kill animals for the purpose of obtaining a "prize"—from horns, to tusks, to the whole animal, stuffed—to take home and hang on a wall or pose in a living room. Despite its cruelty and harm to wildlife populations, many countries permit trophy hunting. Few monitor the activity accurately enough to understand its impact.
HSI is working to demonstrate to policy-makers the damage caused by trophy hunting and to encourage economic alternatives, such as ecotourism, which can employ more people and bring in more income without such a high cost to animals.
November 20, 2015
HSI applauded the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy for announcing a ban on the import of African lion hunting trophies. Furthermore, France will no longer issue reexport certificates for raw tusks and pieces of unworked ivory in an effort to combat ivory trafficking.
August 27, 2015
Since the killing of Cecil the lion in early July, 42 airlines, including Virgin, Delta, Air Canada and Jet Blue, have banned shipping lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo trophies. South African Airways and shipping giants UPS and Fed Ex have yet to do so.
August 20, 2015
HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle commented on the worldwide reverberations felt from the slaying of Cecil the lion.
August 10, 2015
HSI issued letters urging South Africa and Namibia to abandon cruel and wasteful trophy hunting in favor of non-consumptive ecotourism.