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December 18, 2015

Get the Facts About Trophy Hunting

Humane Society International

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1. Trophy Hunting by the Numbers: The United States' Role in Global Trophy Hunting

This report reveals that American hunters imported more than 1.2 million animals — more than 126,000 a year — as hunting trophies from across the world between 2005 and 2014. The top two source countries were Canada and South Africa. Of the 1.2 million, the U.S. imported 5,600 African lions, 4,600 African elephants, 4,500 African leopards, 330 southern white rhinos and 17,200 African buffalo.

2. The $200 Million Question: How Much Does Trophy Hunting Really Contribute to African Communities?

This report analyzes literature on the economics of trophy hunting and reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue.

3. Trophy Madness Report: Elite Hunters, Animal Trophies and Safari Club International’s Hunting Awards

This report reveals that a hunting membership group, Safari Club International (SCI), promotes the senseless slaughter of wildlife for sport by offering its members the opportunity to compete to win nearly 50 awards for killing elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, bears, ringed-horn antelopes, wild sheep, ibex, moose, and many other animals around the world.

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4. Cecil 2: Trophy Hunting America's Lion

This report reveals that the top five deadliest states for mountain lions are Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Between 2005 and 2014, trophy hunters killed approximately 29,000 mountain lions in the U.S.; an estimated 2,700 more were killed in other countries and traded internationally over the last decade.

5. Eco-Tourism Worth More to African Economies Than Trophy Hunting by Michael Markarian

The HSUS Chief Program and Policy Officer shows that wildlife-based eco-tourism is a big industry in Africa and dwarfs trophy hunting in its economic impact.

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