Help end trophy hunting!
The United States is the world’s largest importer of animal trophies, including federally protected species such as elephants, leopards, and lions -- wildlife whose numbers are in sharp decline. Trophy hunting not only exacerbates pressures on already imperiled species, but also is counterproductive to the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on the population recovery efforts for these species and combating wildlife trafficking and poaching.
Trophy hunting drives demand for rare wildlife parts and products and thwarts sincere conservation efforts to establish sustainable and healthy breeding populations. And the carnage happens right here in our backyard too: non-native endangered and threatened species are imported, stocked and shot behind fences for guaranteed trophies in the U.S.
We can move towards ending trophy hunting by urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prohibit the import of any trophy of a species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into the United States as well as prohibiting trophy hunting in the United States of any ESA-listed species.
While government agencies spend millions of taxpayer dollars to curb demand for wildlife parts that fuel poaching, they fail to address the one factor they have complete control over: trophy hunting by U.S. citizens. By taking these steps, the USFWS will be supporting real conservation efforts to save imperiled wildlife and protecting them from being slayed by trophy hunters for fun and for bragging rights.
Please send a message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service using the form below. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out.