Investigations

The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting has blown the door wide open on the trophy hunting industry’s darkest secrets – and the shocking scale of slaughter of the world’s wildlife it is responsible for.

‘TROPHY HUNTERS EXPOSED – Inside the Big Game Industry’ is an explosive investigation into the trophy hunting industry, its key players and donors, and how it is stripping endangered animals of the protections they need.

It reveals how a top fundraiser for Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin’s right-hand man, the head of a paramilitary death-squad and a former WWF Director have shot record-breaking lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards.

It exposes the identities of over 500 hunters who have won industry awards for shooting all the ‘African Big Five’; the leading figures in the UK industry including a salesman who helps hunters shoot juvenile lions in enclosures; and the extraordinary kill tallies and trophy collections of hunters around the world.

It also lifts the lid on how household brands – and our taxes – are funding lobbyists, how the Boy Scouts and Salvation Army in the US are helping the industry recruit a new generation of child hunters, how lobbyists are posing as ‘conservation’ groups … and how the industry boasts it ploughs more money into US elections than some of the world’s biggest corporations.

Read how psychologists and criminologists fear trophy hunting could be fuelling violent crime, and how the industry could spark devastating outbreaks of diseases in local communities.

“The trophy hunting industry’s ‘conservation’ façade is comprehensively dismantled in this fast-paced, forensic investigation. The case for abolition of this archaic pastime has never been made in such a compelling manner.” – DAILY MIRROR
“Britain should ban the import of animal trophies. The UK is a nation of animal lovers, and should not tolerate their persecution. The idea of killing for fun those animals most at risk of disappearing from the wild in our lifetimes is an abhorrent one.” – THE TIMES
“If this book doesn’t get trophy hunting banned I don’t know what will. This is an incredible investigation that reveals everything the industry would rather you didn’t know.” – JUDI DENCH
“A society which allows sentient creatures to be killed for entertainment has serious questions to answer. ‘Trophy Hunters Exposed’ asks those questions and then answers them in devastating fashion.”  PETER EGAN
“If there’s one book to buy about animals this year, this is it. Trophy hunting is legalised animal abuse on an industrial scale. ‘Trophy Hunters Exposed’ tells us why we must abolish it. Now.” – JOANNA LUMLEY

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TROPHY HUNTING is putting some of the world’s most vulnerable animals on a FAST-TRACK to EXTINCTION.

That’s the shocking finding of “KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry”, the brilliant sequel to the explosive best-seller “TROPHY HUNTERS EXPOSED: Inside the Big Game Industry” by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting’s founder, award-winning conservationist and writer Eduardo Goncalves.

Launched on the 5th anniversary of the shooting of Cecil the lion, “KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” charts the calamitous COLLAPSE in LION POPULATIONS in recent years.

Goncalves reveals INTERNAL INDUSTRY records which show African elephants’ tusks are SHRINKING dramatically – due to the insatiable appetites of trophy hunters and poachers.

In a no-holds-barred foreword, world-famous primatologist JANE GOODALL writes:

“Trophy hunting is leading to the extinction of a number of species. Scientific studies have demonstrated the links between trophy hunting and population declines. Yet exports of hunting trophies continue to increase. For the good of conservation, the days of the ‘great White Hunter’ should be brought to a close.”

“KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” reveals the huge numbers of WHITE RHINOS that are being shot by Chinese ‘hunters’ – thanks to a legal ‘loophole’ that lets trophy hunters kill rhinos for horns and other body parts.

POLAR BEARS have been shot for their GENITALIA and GALLS for traditional Chinese medicines. LEOPARDS are being killed in large numbers despite IUCN warnings their numbers are falling. CHEETAH numbers are now down to fewer than 7,000 – yet the EU still lets European hunters bring their trophies in.

“KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” unearths dramatic new evidence showing Trophy Hunters have ALREADY shot animals to EXTINCTION.

It exposes some of the most HORRIFIC hunts of threatened species currently on offer – including CANNED TIGER and JAGUAR hunts in South Africa, and KANGAROO and ‘Frankenstein animal’ hunting on private American ranches.

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“Mr Goncalves has done the government and the world a service. Trophy hunting is a barbaric practice and a dirty business. They do it because they like killing animals. Ministers should get on with ensuring that Britain has no part in the practice.” THE TIMES

Trophy Leaks “blasts a hole right through the centre of trophy hunting. You will never fall for the trophy industry’s smokescreen of lies again.”

This investigation exposes the dirty tricks used by the hunting industry to keep trophy hunting legal.

It reveals the staggering prizes offered to hunters – some of them for shooting HUNDREDS of animals single-handedly.

And it reveals the identities of today’s TOP Trophy Hunters and their astonishing kill records…

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Undercover Trophy Hunter reveals the astonishing – and shocking – confessions of Britain’s top trophy hunters.

“Bright red blood was sprayed everywhere with pieces of tissue mixed in”

“I heard the smack of a hit and saw it go down on its side, legs in the air. I was grinning”

“My bullet smashed through the rear leg removing most of the bone – and destroying muscle”

“There was a lot of blood. We followed the trail finding chunks of bone”

“There was a pleasing amount of blood. We found more intestines caught on the thorns”

“With a broken shoulder and the top of the heart destroyed he managed to run 200m”

“We grab a few beers and have a bit of fun shooting the monkeys”

For the past year, Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting founder Eduardo Goncalves has been undercover with some of UK’s top trophy hunters and the British owners and sales reps of leading hunting firms.

As the UK government considers whether to ban hunters from bringing home the grisly ‘souvenirs’ of their African safaris, his shocking discoveries and new insights will add weight to those calling for abolition of this colonial-era bloodsport.

How hunters’ trophies die in agony – The Times

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“Britain’s most prominent anti-hunting activist” – Daily Mail

“The world’s leading authority on recreational killing” – Psychology Today

“Eduardo presents the hard facts, meticulously researched” – Jane Goodall

“Eduardo has lived and breathed for animals and is their loudest voice” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes

“He’s such a fantastic campaigner. He never gives up, and he won’t ever give up until trophy hunting has been banned” – Lorraine Kelly

“A campaigner who makes the Energiser Bunny look like a lethargic sloth. The Trophy Hunting industry hates Eduardo Gonçalves” – War on Wildlife Project

“We are done. There is no way we can rationalize what we do. The game is over” – A Trophy Hunter

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Check out some of our previous reports

Trophy Hunting: Ten Countries, Ten Years

Hunting trophy import trends in 10 countries over the past decade. The countries studied were: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Russia, Spain, and the USA.

Trophy Hunting & Conservation (summary)

Trophy Hunting & Conservation (full report)

An assessment of evidence regarding impacts and benefits of sport hunting on wildlife and habitats.

The Deadly Dozen

The slaughter of elephants by 12 Trophy Hunting Nations

Killing for Recreation & Rugs

How Trophy Hunting and Trade is Threatening the Polar Bear

Cecil Betrayed

Britain’s role in Lion Trophy Hunting and Factory Farming

Elephant in the Room

Trophy Hunting and the UK