December 18, 2015
How HSI is Fighting Trophy Hunting
1. HSI works to improve protection under a global treaty, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, for species that are most targeted by trophy hunters, including elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and many other species.
- Trophy Hunting by the Numbers: The United States’ Role in Global Trophy Hunting
- The $200 Million Question: How Much Does Trophy Hunting Really Contribute to African Communities?
- Eco-Tourism Worth More to African Economies Than Trophy Hunting by Michael Markarian
- Trophy Madness Report: Elite Hunters, Animal Trophies and Safari Club International’s Hunting Awards
- Cecil 2: Trophy Hunting America's Lion
3. HSI works together with other organizations to seek greater protection under the Endangered Species Act for animals sought by trophy hunters, thus helping ensure that the U.S. is not contributing to the decline of iconic species by limiting or prohibiting trophy imports.
- African Leopard Endangered Species Act Petition
- African Elephant Endangered Species Act Petition
- African Lion Endangered Species Act Petition
4. HSI and The Humane Society of the United States are working with U.S. state legislatures to institute measures to stop import, export and transportation of hunting trophies.
5. Many trophies travel to the U.S. on passenger and cargo airlines. Thanks in part to our efforts, thus far 45 airlines have banned trophy imports of the Africa Big Five — African lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and Cape buffalo. We will continue this work to ensure other airlines and shipping companies make the right decision. You can help: Take Action
6. You may be surprised to learn that some companies that make your favorite products are also corporate sponsors of trophy hunting, through their support for the Safari Club International or television programs promoting trophy hunting. HSI is appealing to these companies to end their association with this gruesome hobby.
7. International bilateral and multilateral agencies, like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The World Bank, have in the past and continue today to sponsor programs that support trophy hunting. HSI engages with these agencies to show them that trophy hunting can be detrimental to species survival and that funding is better allocated toward effective long-term economic development solutions like ecotourism.