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This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Director: Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau
Year: 2017
Time: 108 min

(2017) on IMDb

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Share this film. There are two sides to every story and the debate around trophy hunting is no different. TROPHY is a complex tale, not always easy to watch, but important to not look away from.

Donate to conservation agencies like Save the Rhino International or the African Wildlife Foundation, whose ”mission is to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa.”

Teach young people about issues like animal welfare and conservation while encouraging them to be vocal about protecting animals and the environment.

Take action locally by keeping up with the Animal Welfare Institute’s Action eAlerts, which guide you to current animal welfare issues and ways to contact your local state and federal legislators.

Visit and support national parks and ethical animal sanctuaries, where wildlife roams free and remains protected from hunters, poachers and unscrupulous practices.

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A Conversation with Directors Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz 

“…to some degree, that’s what we wanted to make this movie about, this battle of mind and heart.” Continue reading on  Hammer to Nail.

Poaching infographics

Learn why animals are hunted down and killed, how it happens, and what it means for Africa. Discover the infographics from  African Wildlife Foundation and join their effort to protect and preserve Africa’s wildlife and wild lands.

John Hume’s Rhino Horn Sales Website

“As the demand for rhino horn has increased globally, a trend led by Asia, we have seen the growth of rhino being poached in South Africa escalate at alarming levels to match that demand. We are at a crossroad where we, as a nation, need to view alternative approaches to conserve our species. We need a solution to help us save the rhino.”

Learn more about Hume and his project at  Rhino Horn Auction.

Earth Is Facing Its Sixth Mass Extinction

“Earth is on its way to the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs, scientists warn. A study in the National Academy of Sciences Journal has found that Earth is facing its sixth mass extinction and humans are to blame.”

Read the article from The Washington Post.

The Big Five: Africa’s Most Sought-After Trophy Animals

“Hunters and most conservationists say that legal trophy hunting in Africa helps raise funds for maintaining wildlife and its habitat. Opponents of the practice contend that there are problems with how conservation is carried out, and animal rights advocates argue that it is unethical to conserve populations by killing animals.”

See the list from New York Times.

Kruger Park, South Africa: Where Black Poachers Are Hunted As Much As Their Prey

“The iconic Big Five animals trophy hunters covet are lion, rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo and leopard, but it is the endangered rhino that has become a potent symbol for the ugly inequality between whites and blacks in post-apartheid South Africa.”

Read the article from Newsweek.


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