Trophy hunting is a particularly gruesome pastime that countless living beings pay with their death. In search of a special thrill, hobby hunters travel to distant lands to kill exotic and rare animals.
Apparently, it is not enough for German hunters to kill millions of native wild animals every year. Thousands of Germans travel abroad every year to hunt big game.
The providers of hunting trips leave nothing to be desired because even shooting permits for endangered species such as elephants, rhinos, lions, or polar bears can be purchased for a lot of money.
And species native to Europe such as brown bears, wolves, and lynxes are also on the trophy collectors’ hit lists.
Hunted, killed, and mutilated
As a result of frequently missed shots and cruel hunting practices, many of the animals do not die immediately, but rather slowly and painfully.
The animals are often shot and flee with bloody wounds. As they run for their lives in fear of death, the animals continue to be shot at by the hunters and chased through the wilderness – lead bullets or steel arrows pierce their bodies until they collapse, exhausted.
Hunting with a bow and arrow or a crossbow is prohibited in Germany for reasons of animal welfare, but it is a common hunting practice in many countries for trophy hunting.
The suffering of lions for the hunt in South Africa
In South Africa, thousands of lions are bred on so-called canned hunting farms so that they are later not naturally afraid of humans and thus of the hobby hunter. On many farms, the animals are even lured with bait or medicated to make the hunt a success even for inexperienced shooters.
Only a few days after the birth, the lion cubs are torn from their mothers, raised by hand, and abused for tourist photos and as petting animals. When the lions are fully grown, they are locked up in enclosures and presented to trophy hunters on a silver platter.
The hunting tourists spend incredibly high sums on such a hunting trip with a 100 percent guarantee of shooting.
Zoo companies such as the German Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen have also been shown to be involved in the bloody business.
The zoo sold lions to a hunting farm in South Africa after the cute baby animals had served their purpose as a visitor magnet.
Fatal consequences for species protection
Big game hunters reduce the animal world to a considerable extent because trophy collectors usually covet the strongest and most beautiful animals.
However, it is precisely these that are most important for species conservation, as they usually ensure the offspring and survival of a species.
The population of African elephants and many other animal species such as lions, rhinos, and leopards has declined sharply in recent years. A scientific study of lion hunting in Tanzania shows that legal trophy hunting – rather than poaching or habitat loss – is the main factor behind the significant decline in wildlife.
Legal trophy hunting also encourages poaching.
Because “legal” trophies are in circulation, conservationists and authorities find it difficult to distinguish them from illegally hunted body parts.
The doors and gates are therefore open to smuggling, sometimes with forged papers in African countries of origin.
To protect the lions, Australia imposed an import ban on hunting trophies for the animals in 2015.
However, other countries – including Germany – have so far refused to meet their responsibility for international species protection.
In 2018, 197 hunting trophies of protected animals were legally imported into Germany.
In 2019, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation also approved the import of 750 trophies – including 19 African elephants, 32 leopards, 9 cheetahs, 2 southern white rhinos, 31 hippos, 13 lions, and 2 polar bears.
The pretended public benefit is fraud
In 2013, the Professional Hunters ’Association of South Africa counted a total of 7,638 trophy hunts in South Africa alone, with an industrial value of 84 million euros.
The horrific sums that hobby hunters spend on a hunting trip do not end up with the poor population or with a national park administration, but almost exclusively in the pockets of tour operators and hunting farm owners.
An economic analysis of trophy hunting in Africa shows that just 3 percent of trophy hunting revenues go to the local population.
If hunters were really interested in helping the local population, the large sums of money they spend on hunting trips would be better and more effectively invested in development and education projects.
Trophy hunting must end
Some countries such as Kenya and Botswana have already banned trophy hunting.
The vast majority of tourists want to see intact wildlife, and the population benefits from this in the long term.
Kenya earns one billion US dollars a year from photo tourism alone – that’s more than three times as much as trophy hunting brought in.
Only with sustainable and responsible ecotourism can we succeed in protecting the last wilderness on earth in the long term.
And I mean…The African lion population has decreased from almost 100,000 to 35,000 animals over the past 50 years.
In 25 African countries, there are said to be no more lions and in 10 other countries, they are on the verge of extinction.
The king of the animals could soon be considered an endangered species.
In addition to the ongoing destruction of the habitat, this is due to the trophy hunt for Africa’s largest big cats.
Gate hunting is a hobby for the affluent minority because a kill can cost over 50,000 euros.
The costs depend on the sex and physical condition of the animal. The more stately a lion, the deeper the decadents have to dig into their pockets for the trophies.
In principle, everyone is allowed to hunt lions in South Africa, for example.
A hunting license or proof of hunting experience is not necessary in most cases.
Instead of photos, the psychopaths bring home a lion’s skin or a wild animal’s head as a souvenir.
And the demand for lion trophies is steadily increasing because the trophy hunting advertising is massive.
Just for the fun of killing, hunters reduce the populations of wildlife around the world.
Obtaining a hunting trophy and satisfying the hunting instinct are criminal acts.
Hunters are nothing more than a bloodthirsty and militant sect.
My best regards to all, Venus