Misinformation About Trophy Hunting Threatens Conservation

Misinformation About Trophy Hunting Threatens Conservation

Key Points:

  • The first is the idea that trophy hunting is driving species to extinction. Decades of published, scientific research and field experience show this is demonstrably false. There is not, as far as we can tell, a single species where trophy hunting is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List as a key threat driving it to extinction.
  • Humane Society International, an organization that campaigns against trophy hunting, listed the top 20 species imported by American trophy hunters, far from hunting driving those species to extinction, nine of the 20 are increasing in numbers and 6 are stable. 18 are ranked as ‘Least Concern’ by the IUCN, with the other two ‘Near Threatened’: so none are threatened species.
  • None of the 20 have trophy hunting documented as a threat to their populations. 
  • Trophy hunting differs from poaching as much as shopping differs from shoplifting.
A Call for More Nuanced Dialogues About

A Call for More Nuanced Dialogues About Trophy Hunting

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Commentary: Think Before You Act: Improving the Conservation Outcomes of CITES Listing Decisions

Trophy Hunting Debate - Episode 2

Trophy Hunting Debate – Episode 2

Sir Roger, a conservative member of parliament of the British Government stated:  He said it himself he cannot stop hunting in Africa but he can stop exporting of trophies…

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Think Before You Act: Improving the Conservation Outcomes of CITES Listing Decisions

Using simulations of past and present elephant (Loxodonta africana) population numbers in the Okavango Delta Panhandle, Botswana to improve future population estimates