At Dallas Safari Club convention, rhinos, elephants and bears are among hundreds of wild animals on offer for a thrill kill · A Humane World
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson
Hundreds of wild, rare, and exotic animals will be featured at the Dallas Safari Club Convention, which begins Wednesday. Above, a wolf’s head and skins exhibited at the 2020 Congress. Photo from HSUS
The annual Dallas Safari Club Convention is a disgusting display of the devastating American trophy hunters who wreak havoc on the world’s wildlife year after year for killing endangered and endangered animals. The pandemic forced the 2021 convention to go online this year, but that doesn’t mean it has become any less deadly.
Hundreds of wild, rare, and exotic animals will be featured at the convention, which begins Wednesday. Trophy hunters looking for a thrill and looking for heads and skins to decorate their living rooms can pay to mow animals like elephants in Zimbabwe, brown bears and black bears in Alaska, and leopards in Namibia.
Despite DSC’s alleged opposition to captive-bred lion hunts, which the group only reiterated in November 2020, canned lion hunts are also being offered, in which the hunter kills an animal caught in an enclosure.
Our employees have analyzed the auctions that were donated by suppliers and exhibitors at this year’s congress in detail and in depth. Below are some of their findings:
- There are 183 hunting auctions donated by equipment suppliers, killing at least 205 animals in 24 countries.
- The most expensive international auction item is a 10-day desert big horn sheep hunt in Mexico valued at $ 70,000, followed by a leopard hunt valued at $ 50,150 in Namibia and an ibex hunt valued at $ 42,500 in Spain.
- The most expensive US auction item is a 10-day hunt for a brown bear in Alaska valued at $ 52,850.
- Trophy hunters can also bid on elephant hunts in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, a giraffe hunt in South Africa, brown bear and black bear hunts in Russia and a wolf hunt in Canada.
- Items such as firearms, clothing made from beaver, mink and lynx fur, Swarovski Optik equipment such as a telescopic sight and a diamond chain valued at $ 80,000 will also be auctioned.
Overall, these auctioned items are expected to generate $ 3.5 million in sales for DSC.
In addition, 849 exhibitors will attend the meeting, including 351 hunting outfitters who together offer hunting packages to kill at least 319 species in 70 countries. These include:
- Polar bears, cheetahs, wild sheep and monkeys.
- Packages to kill the “African Big Five” – elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and Cape buffalo – and the “Tiny Ten” – small species of African antelope, some under eight pounds.
- Canned lion hunt in South Africa, offered by 39 South African exhibitors. Most, if not all, likely are captive bred lions.
- 16 canned hunts of exotic and native species in the United States will also be auctioned.
- Puma canned hunts in Argentina, which were extremely controversial locally. The attorneys’ exposés reveal that the pumas will be caged, drugged and transported to the hunting reserve before being released and killed by a trophy hunter.
- Rhino trophy hunts in South Africa, including endangered black rhinos. This follows a recent announcement by the South African government that the rhino population is being decimated. The rhino population in Kruger National Park has decreased by 70 percent over the past decade. In the South African national parks where Kruger operates overseas, black rhinoceros trophy bulls are auctioned off on hunting concessions, including DSC exhibitors.
There is something terribly wrong with an organization whose members believe that killing rare and beautiful animals that are quickly disappearing from the earth is fun. Unfortunately, trophy hunting is a multi-million dollar trading company that continues to survive as it is reserved for a handful of people with friends in high positions. Most Americans do not support trophy hunting, however, and with your support we are working on so many fronts to prevent it: through legislation, in court, and through awareness raising through investigation and analysis like this one. It is alarming that even a global pandemic has failed to reduce the bloodlust of these trophy hunters. But we remain vigilant and will keep the spotlight firmly on these greedy events until they end for good.
Sara Amundson is President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.