There is much research on the impacts of trophy hunting, and scant data on the supposed benefits of trophy hunting. Below are the main reports exploring the issues of trophy hunting and the claims of the supporters of this global industry.

Economic FAILURE of trophy hunting

THIS REPORT FOUND JUST 3% OF FEES GO TO COMMUNITIES The $200 Million question – Examining the Claims of Economic Benefits of Trophy Hunting

US Congressional report on international trophy hunting

artificial selection

WEAKENING THE GENE POOL OF SPECIES ALREADY UNDER PRESSURE FROM CLIMATE CHANGE AND LOSS OF HABITAT DUE TO HUMAN POPULATION GROWTH BY TROPHY HUNTING THE SUCCESSFUL MALES – those established males have the attributes trophy hunters target Paying the PriceNew Research indicates trophy hunters pay more to target large-bodied carnivores

conservation failure of trophy hunting

Missing the Mark: African trophy hunting fails to show consistent conservation benefits. The Democratic Staff of the House Committee on Natural Resources has published a 25-page report discussing the failure of trophy hunting in conserving species in many areas of Africa.

iucn failing to protect rare species

Trophy Hunters target rare speciesOn the use of the IUCN status for the management of trophy hunting

Lucille Palazy, Christophe Bonenfant, Jean-Michel Gaillard and Franck Courchamp 

“Our results suggest that although a protective IUCN status lowers the exploitation of the moderately threatened species, hunting pressure on the most threatened one increases instead. The findings support the possibility of an anthropogenic Allee effect (AAE), i.e. a disproportionate exploitation of the rarest species. Implications. The highly profitable exploitation of rare species could have harmful consequences, unless appropriate management actions and protection rules are enforced.”


IUCN World Commission of Environmental Law Ethics Committee report on trophy hunting. Compatibility of Trophy Hunting as a Form of Sustainable Use with IUCN’s Objectives

Ethics should not be ignored when it comes to conservation. Batavia et al on Trophy Hunting