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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


    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


    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

  • 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

  • January 14, 2017

    Ringling Bros. brings the curtain down on the circus and its animal acts

    The Humane Society of the United States, long a bitter adversary of Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros., applauded the company for its decision to shut down the circus in May, ending 146 years of coercive, inhumane wild animal acts that were at the center of the show.

  • December 22, 2016

    Gov. Snyder signs wolf-hunt bill despite voter opposition

    The Humane Society of the United States expressed dismay and exasperation at Governor Snyder for signing a third wolf hunting bill, SB 1187 in three years, after voters rejected two similar measures at the ballot box in the general election in November 2014. The Michigan Court of Appeals struck down a third wolf-hunting measure earlier in the month that came to lawmakers through a legislative referendum mechanism but didn’t require the governor’s signature.

  • November 29, 2016

    California court upholds ban on state ivory and rhino horn trade

    The Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld California’s ban on trade in ivory and rhino horn, rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional. The Ivory Education Institute – a group promoting ivory use – challenged the law in 2015.

  • November 29, 2016

    African leopards a step closer to endangered species list, protection from trophy hunters

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that all leopards may qualify for “endangered” status under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes in response to a legal petition submitted in July 2016 by The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Center for Biological Diversity and The Fund for Animals.

  • November 23, 2016

    Michigan court rules 2014 wolf hunting law unconstitutional

    Today, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a 2014 state law passed to circumvent a citizen vote blocking a proposed Michigan wolf hunt is unconstitutional. The law would have enabled state wildlife officials to resume a wolf hunt if the species were dropped from federal Endangered Species Act protections in the Great Lakes region.

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