We (WAV) did a post earlier in the month about trophy hunters having their annual convention in Reno, Nevada USA. Here is the link to that post:
Well now we are learning more from the Humane Society of the United States about what was on show / being sold at this convention.
Here is their write up:
The Horrors Inside the Safari Club International Convention
Hippo skull table for sale at the Safari Club International Convention / Photo by The Humane Society of the United States, Facebook
Elephant skin furniture, a hippo skull table, and stingray belts were just some of the items for sale at the Safari Club International annual convention this month.
These items, illegal under Nevada state law, were sold by vendors along with cruel big game hunting trips, weapons, and hunting equipment.
The Humane Society of the United States discovered these horrific pieces during an at the convention in Reno, Nevada. Photos and videos taken exposed the threatened species’ body parts for sale and have prompted an investigation by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
The Humane Society provided a list of items found at the convention:
· Paintings on elephant ears and skins;
· An elephant skin bench;
· Elephant leather boots, shoes, chaps, belts, and saddles;
· Bracelets made from elephant hair;
· An entire mammoth tusk;
· Mammoth tusk carvings;
· Stingray skin boots, shoes, belts and purses;
· Boxes of hippo teeth;
· A hippo skull table;
· Hippo leather belts and boots;
· Shark skin belts;
· A knife with a handle made of narwhal tusk.
Nevada State law makes it illegal for anyone to purchase, sell or possess with intent to sell any item that contains the body parts of elephant, lion, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, hippopotamus and other imperiled wildlife. The evidence gathered by the Humane Society was submitted to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, which has now opened an .
If found guilty, the persons responsible face up to $6,500 in civil penalties and could be charged with a gross misdemeanour for the first offense, a category E felony for a second offense, and a category D felony for a third offense. Safari Club has stated it is also conducting an internal investigation, but did not respond to the Associated Press’ question about how they control for legal trade at their convention.
The club also refused a request of a reporter from the Associated Press to attend the conference.