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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

  • June 19, 2017

    Actress Jane Lynch urges Illinois governor to sign elephant protection bill

    Emmy-award winning actress and proud Illinoisan Jane Lynch has urged Gov. Rauner to sign Senate Bill 1342, which will ban the use of elephants in traveling animal acts.

  • May 31, 2017

    Poll shows near total support for legislation protecting Hawaii’s reefs and marine life from overharvest by the aquarium trade

    Ninety percent of Hawaii’s residents support legislation that would protect Hawaii’s threatened reefs through sustainability measures and caps on permits to capture reef wildlife for aquariums, according to a new poll. Support was also high for ending this practice altogether.

  • May 18, 2017

    Connecticut Senate votes against bear hunt, amends bill language to forbid trophy-hunting activities

    The Connecticut Senate voted against legislation that would have permitted a bear hunt in Connecticut for the first time in more than 100 years.

  • May 18, 2017

    Senate committee approves ban on shark fins

    The Humane Society Legislative Fund and The Humane Society of the United States applaud the passage of S.793, the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2017, by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this morning. S.793 would prohibit the import, export, sale and trade of shark fins. The HSUS and HSLF urge the Majority Leader to schedule the measure for Senate floor action soon.

  • May 4, 2017

    Budget bill prevents slaughter of wild horses

    The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund are pleased that the 2017 omnibus spending bill includes provisions protecting our nation’s wild horses and burros. The bill prevents the Bureau of Land Management and its contractors from sending wild horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. It further directs the BLM to review all serious proposals from non-governmental organizations and create a plan, within 180 days of enactment of the bill, to maintain long-term, sustainable populations on the range in a humane manner.

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