Banning Trophy Hunting Will Exacerbate Biodiversity Loss

Trends Ecol Evol. 2016 Feb;31(2):99-102. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.12.006. Epub 2015 Dec 30.


International pressure to ban trophy hunting is increasing. However, we argue that trophy hunting can be an important conservation tool, provided it can be done in a controlled manner to benefit biodiversity conservation and local people. Where political and governance structures are adequate, trophy hunting can help address the ongoing loss of species.

Keywords: Africa; community; lion; policy; rhinoceros; trophy hunting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biodiversity*
  • Conservation of Natural Resources / economics*
  • Endangered Species / economics*
  • Humans
  • Sports / economics*