Trophy Hunting does not support Conservation and is pushing species to the brink of extinction
Trophy hunting is a booming business across Africa. Hunters pay up to $50,000 to shoot a rare endangered animal. Trophy hunters will pay an exorbitant amount of money for bragging rights and a head to hang on the wall or skin on the floor, instead of using their wealth to preserve wildlife. The “sport” hunting of threatened and endangered species engenders corruption, encouraging hunters and guides to break the law and serves as a cover for illegal wildlife crime such as poaching.
Trophy hunters selectively kill the mature healthy males from a population. These selective animals would live long lives protecting their cubs, mates, and family and contributing their genes to future generations. Trophy hunters have hunted excessively with no regard to the future of species.
The hunter is photographed most often standing above the slained animal, demonstrating power over the beast. In the photos, the animal have been cleaned up, blood scrubbed away and wounds carefully hidden, making the animal look alive — as if the hunter had somehow tamed this wild beast into submission.
It has been reported that only 3% of revenue from trophy hunts is actually distributed back to the African rural communities. The majority of the profits is administered to foreign-based outfitters or the African government. The revenue from trophy hunting is dim in comparison to the billions of dollars generated from wildlife tourism. If lion, rhino, elephant, and other endangered species continue to dissipate from Africa, this vital source of income will negatively affect the communities and people of Africa.