In South Africa there are many people who are making a "killing" out of the trophy hunting business by raising lions in captivity to supply the ever growing demand for animals to hunt. It is one of the biggest reasons to try put an end to the sport of trophy hunting. The business is thriving and is a cruel and unethical one. Many hunters claim to be ethical, but to shoot animals that are raised in appaling conditions is not sport, it is barbaric and cruel.
One of the most widely used arguments used to defend trophy hunting is the "we support conservation by paying to hunt" argument. The trophy hunting industry does generate a lot of money for some, but does it really benefit those who live in the areas that these hunters are hunting in? Hunting Clubs do donate some money to conservation initiatives and reserach projects, but a lot of it is "guilt money". The hunting clubs will use these charitable donations to try show how they care or to give themselves a better public image. It is a complex debate, but studies have shown that eco-tourism can earn more money than hunting. An animal that is alive can generate more income than a dead one.
Countries that joined CITES after 1975 may have lower figures.
Source: CITES Trade Database.
The sport of trophy hunting is hard to understand for people who are against the sport. We will be adding more information here to try understand what drives people to do this sport.