Stop the Hunt

Canned Hunt and "Trophy" Import Permit Tracker

Hunters pay many thousands of dollars to kill captive, confined animals on private lands in so-called “canned hunts.”  This cruel activity does not just take place in other countries, but also in the United States

In this country, the species that may be bred and killed by the canned hunt “ranchers” include animals considered to be threatened, like Red lechwe, as well as many with endangered status, like Barasingha, Eld’s brown antlered deer, Arabian oryx, and Scimitar horned oryx. Hunters will often travel to other countries to shoot captive-bred animals like lions, that are unavailable for canned killing in the United States.

There is no sport to this cruel activity. And despite what the canned hunting ranch argues, these brutal canned hunts do nothing to enhance or benefit the threatened or endangered species.

The Stop the Hunt campaign aims to end canned hunting and trophy hunting in the United States and across the world.

Stop the Hunt fights back against trophy hunting by opposing import permits. Our Canned Hunt Permit Tracker lists permit applications submitted to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service by canned hunting operations— the “hunting ranches.”

These operations profit off the importation or breeding of exotic and endangered animals by charging people money to kill them for sport.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund opposes the import of “trophies” from canned hunts that take place in other countries. Every year, Americans travel to foreign countries to kill endangered animals and then apply for a permit to import the “trophies”the bodies of the dead animalsback into the United States. Like canned hunting operations in the U.S., this practice does nothing to benefit animals.  

Many import applications involve the bontebok, an antelope primarily found in South Africa.   These majestic animals were hunted to extinction in the wild, but now are largely raised as farm-like animals solely to supply trophies for hunters around the world.

By allowing the import of trophies from such hunts, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is encouraging this hunting-factory farming practice, which is in direct contradiction to its statutory charge under the Endangered Species Act to further the interests and survival of endangered species like the bontebok.

Permits applications to import dead bontebok "trophies" is so common they have their own USDA form.

Take Action

Join us in telling the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that canned hunting does not provide any benefit for the endangered species and that these applications should be denied.

Indeed, the authorized activity—import of a trophy—does nothing whatsoever to benefit the species as it is only rewarding the hunter for killing the animal.

For each application below, go to the corresponding page, and look for the blue “Comment Now!” button.

Comments should be made in your own words. Next to each category of permit applications is a sample to help you compose your comment.


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