Every year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals are killed solely to obtain "trophies"—heads, hides or pelts and even whole animals—to stuff, skin and hang on a wall.
A much-needed spotlight was shone on the world of trophy hunting when Cecil the lion was killed by an American trophy hunter in July of 2015. Just a few weeks after the second anniversary of his own death, Cecil's six-year-old son, Xanda, met a similar fate. These two lions are just a small example of the thousands of animals killed every year in the name of sport.
Trophy hunting is cruel and threatens the persistence of some of the rarest and most iconic species around the world, as well as species right here in the United States. Mountain lions, bears, wolves, bobcats and other wildlife are senselessly killed every year by trophy hunters throughout our country's last remaining wild spaces.