Thousands of trophy hunters from around the world will gather next week in Nevada, the US for the world’s largest trophy hunt convention. The convention is set to be held by Safari Club International from February 5 to February 8, where Donald Trump Jr. is also scheduled to speak.
The convention will feature approximately 870 exhibitors showcasing and selling trophy hunting opportunities and wildlife parts and products – from animal heads to hides. Also, trophy hunter Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to speak at the event on February 8.
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States said, “This annual event is the largest meeting in the world of people who celebrate the senseless killing, buying and selling of dead animals for bragging rights. As our planet suffers an extinction crisis, it is business as usual for the trophy hunting industry and SCI, who continue to revel in spending millions of dollars every year to destroy imperiled wildlife.”
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have analyzed the products promoted for sale and auctions of trophy hunts by exhibitors attending the upcoming 2020 convention. Among those are more than 300 trophy hunts in the U.S. and abroad whose starting bids range from $1,650 to $100,000 each.
These hunts will kill at least 860 animals of over 50 species, including black bears, wolves, leopards, and elephants. The auctions are expected to bring in more than $5 million to SCI. One of the hunts up for bid is a black-tailed deer hunt with Donald Trump Jr. in Alaska for $17,000.
“The trophy hunting industry’s conservation claim is shattered by SCI’s promotion of and profit from killing rare and imperiled animals. Trophy hunting is unethical, ecologically devastating, and inflicts cruelty on wild animals. It’s time that we move beyond a colonial pastime and celebrate wild animals in their natural environment,” said the president of Humane Society International Jeff Flocken.
“As our planet suffers an extinction crisis, it is business as usual for the trophy hunting industry and SCI, who continue to revel in spending millions of dollars every year to destroy imperiled wildlife.”
Records from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species show that a staggering 2,260 trophy parts from more than 50 CITES-listed species were exported to the UK between 2008 and 2017. The top five exporting nations were South Africa, Canada, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana. This UK trophy hunts imports included 565 trophies from African elephants, 303 from hippos and 265 from American black bears. The macabre haul included 262 ‘skins,’ 249 ‘skulls,’ 53 ‘feet’ and 16 ‘tails’.
Mr. Trump Jr retroactively received a rare permit allowing him to kill endangered argali (the largest sheep in the world) during his hunting trip to the country in August 2019, according to ProPublica. That permit was reportedly issued in September after he had already left the country.