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Trophy Hunting

Every year hundreds of thousands of wild animals globally are killed solely to obtain a "prize" — that is, the heads, hides or pelts, and even whole stuffed animals — to hang on a wall, throw on the floor, or pose in a room. Trophy hunting is unethical, cruel, harmful and unsustainable. The concept that individuals kill remarkable and rare animals for recreation and trophies is no longer an acceptable practice to the large majority of Americans.


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  • Poaching

    Poaching

    Poachers may kill at least as many animals each year as legal hunters do, and these criminals don't care whether they hunt in season or kill endangered animals. Learn More

  • Fox pens

    Fox

    Dogs are judged on how they chase down fenced-in foxes and coyotes. Pens are a new game of suffering that should be shut down. Learn More

  • Captive hunts

    Captive Shoots

    In captive hunts, shooters pay to kill animals trapped behind fences. What's "fair chase" about that? Learn More

  • Bear baiting

    Bear Baiting

    Bear baiting cruelly pits a tethered, often defenseless bear against packs of threatening dogs. Learn more

  • Lead ammunition

    Spent lead ammunition painfully poisons and kills millions of animals every year after animals forage in heavily hunted areas or eat lead-laced carcasses left behind by hunters. Learn more

Wildlife Protection News

  • July 25, 2016

    Wildlife advocates aim to increase conservation measures and protect African leopards from American trophy hunters

    With the support of renowned wildlife experts Jane Goodall and Dereck Joubert, animal protection and conservation organizations, led by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, filed a legal petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the full protections of the Endangered Species Act to African leopards (Panthera pardus pardus).

  • July 22, 2016

    $5,000 reward for burrowing owl case in New Mexico

    The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a burrowing owl on the Caja del Rio Plateau near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • July 16, 2016

    $10,000 reward for eagle poaching case in Tennessee

    A generous supporter of The Humane Society of the United States has donated an additional $2,500 to increase the reward offer for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a bald eagle found in Hamilton County, Tennessee.

  • July 8, 2016

    Reward offered after moose calf killed in Idaho

    The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a moose calf near Riordan Lake in Idaho.

  • July 7, 2016

    Save Endangered Animals Oregon coalition successfully concluded signature gathering for the anti-wildlife trafficking ballot measure

    Supporters and top volunteer signature gatherers with Save Endangered Animals Oregon, a coalition of animal protection and conservation leaders, delivered boxes of petitions to the Oregon Secretary of State in support of a proposed statewide statutory ballot measure.

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