Trophy Hunters Aren't Actually Helping Anything or Anyone
"Like shooting fish in a Barrel" that's probably the best way to describe what Trophy hunting is really all about.
Last year, The Humane Society of the United States determine that between 2005 and 2014, 1.26 million trophies were brought into the U.S. This is an average of 126,000 trophy imports per year or 345 per day
The 'trophy' in Trophy Hunting is the part of the animal the hunter keeps, and usually displays, to represent the success of the hunt, which really isn't a hunt at all.
The Hunter chooses which kind of 'Trophy' he is seeking, then pays a ranch to go to hunt the animal. The ranch usually chooses a male with the largest body size or largest antlers, horns or mane.
Parts of the animal may be kept as a hunting trophy, in most circumstances the meat itself is usually used for food, and sometimes donated to the local community to show what a great guy the Hunter is.
Many hunters actually don't agree with Trophy hunting because it's clearly unsportsmanlike like hunting animals in fenced enclosures, baiting them, and even using dogs to chase and exhaust the animal.
The true old school Hunter at least believed that the animal they stalked had a fighting chance to either get away or even attack the hunter, we choose the latter.
For these old school hunters the bottom line is that trophy hunting is simply killing for fun or bragging rights and no real hunter who follows any sense of ethics would participate in this blood sport.
Last year, The Humane Society of the United States determined that between 2005 and 2014, 1.26 million trophies were brought into the U.S. This is an average of 126,000 trophy imports per year or 345 per day.
Some of the prices that ranches get from these trophy hunters
Prices from Jeff DeLong, Reno Gazette-Journal
To coincide with the meeting in Las Vegas, Humane Society International (HSI) released a study conducted by Economists at Large that finds that trophy hunters have overstated their contributions to African economies and employment.
Findings from the report include:
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