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.
May 21, 2013
HSI/UK attended a conference in London, hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to call for action at the highest levels and to form a global partnership to stop the illegal trade in wildlife.
April 16, 2013
HSI and The HSUS Criticize Decision to Allow First Import of Critically Endangered Black Rhino Trophy in More Than Three Decades
In a setback for species protection and an end to more than 30 years of U.S. protection for the critically endangered black rhino, the Obama Administration has granted approval to an American trophy hunter to import a sport-hunted rhino trophy into the United States from Namibia.
March 14, 2013
The 16th meeting of the Parties of CITES closed with many positive conservation outcomes, except for the polar bear, whose status remained unchanged despite evidence the species is imperiled.
March 7, 2013
HSI and The HSUS Criticize Decision by CITES Parties That Will Further Imperil Beleaguered Polar Bears
HSI and The HSUS criticized CITES parties for decision against banning international trade in polar bear skins and other products