By John Ensor •
Updated: 05 Apr 2023 • 15:06
Madrid hunting fair hosts auction of BIG GAME trophies . Image: World Animal Protection
Some of the trophies included polar bears, lions, African elephants and leopards. Giraffes sold for 900 euros, while at the higher end of the scale, elephants and rhinos went for as much as 24,500 euros to 60,000 euros, owing to their rarity.
Special kudos is given to Animals hunted with bows and arrows. Studies have shown that the use of bows and arrows may result in around 50 per cent of the animals being injured, but not killed.
A senior director of public affairs for Humane Society International/Europe (HSI), Dr Joanna Swabe said, “It is shocking to see that Cinegética is giving a promotional platform to the trophy hunting industry and dedicating large parts of the event to the senseless slaughter of endangered wildlife,”
Most Spanish citizens, 89 per cent, oppose the trophy hunting of internationally protected species, while 84 per cent are in favour of banning the importation of hunting trophies from threatened and endangered species, according to a report by the HIS.
Other European countries, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and the UK, have banned or are in the process of banning the imports of hunting trophies of endangered and threatened species.
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Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.
All of the actually endangered species ar carefully watched by thousands of scientists, vets, field officers, ecologists, rangers and other professionals. You cannot hunt endangered animals and still get a hunting permit and import permits. Animal populations are not evenly distributed, so, for instance locals can hunt their surplus polar bears in Nunavut and there are probably 100,000 too many elephants across the Southern Range states, trashing the habitat. The Southern Giraffe is the most numerous trophy – there are 30,000 and ranchers can raise as many as the market demands. They are not endangered. With rhinos, some private rhinos are ofered for hunts in order to raise funds for protecting the rest, while wild rhino hunts are restricted to older males who deny younger, more virile bulls access to the cows. Removing them increases the birth rate without affecting genetics.
The whole subject is far too complex and important to listen to deceptive emotionalism from HSUS/ HSI, an organisation that collects $200 million per year but little of it gets to save the wildlife of Africa.
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