Save wildlife from being killed just for bragging rights.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals in the U.S. and around the world are killed by trophy hunting. The hunters’ primary motivation is not to get food, but simply to obtain animal parts (heads, hides or claws and even the whole animal) for display. Trophy hunters use cruel and unsporting methods like baiting and hounding to target native carnivores like bears, mountain lions and wolves. They shoot animals in captive hunts (in which hunters pursue animals who can’t escape) and participate in gruesome wildlife killing contests that target bobcatscoyotes, foxes and other species.

Cecil the lion lounges in the shade

Trophy hunters killed one male lion. Now his descendants are in danger.

Fitted with a GPS collar in 2008, when he was 5 years old, Cecil became popular with visitors to Hwange National Park. He was recognizable by his distinctive black-tinged mane. Stapelkamp / 500px Prime
Trophy hunting is an American problem.

American trophy hunters pay big money to kill animals overseas and import over 126,000 wildlife trophies per year on average. They also do their big game hunting for sport domestically: Bears, bobcats, mountain lions, wolves and other domestic wildlife also fall victim to trophy hunting, damaging natural ecosystems.

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Large pile of dead coyotes
43
STATES

Currently allow cruel and unsporting wildlife killing contests.

African white rhino, National park of Kenya, Africa
1,200
SPECIES

Are hunted and killed as trophies, including Africa's "big five" species: Buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos.

Black bear with head resting on a tree stump
32
STATES

Currently allow the trophy hunting of black bears in the U.S.

A hunter posing with a zebra he shot at a captive hunting ranch in South Africa.

Hundreds of thousands of wild animals in the U.S. and around the world are killed every year and millions are at risk from other threats. Your generous gift will save wildlife from being killed just for a trophy by supporting our work to ban trophy hunting.

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