We also found that a trophy-hunting couple from NY, who made their fortune in real estate, have killed nearly 600 majestic wild animals. They sued the US government after it tried to stop them from importing the body of a rare sheep they had killed in Pakistan.
Behind so much of this trophy madness is one group: Safari Club International, the world's largest club for wealthy trophy hunters. The Safari Club is notorious for encouraging hunters to kill the rarest animals in the world by offering prizes and awards. The "Grand Slam Cats of the World" requires a hunter to kill four species of wild cat, for example, and the World Hunting Award requires a hunter to kill hundreds of animals. The African Big Five Grand Slam requires a hunter to kill a lion, an elephant, a rhino, a leopard, and a Cape buffalo.
The Safari Club is now gearing up for its annual awards gala, to be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas next February, with a thousand exhibitors offering guided trophy hunting excursions to kill a dizzying array of the most beautiful and often imperiled animals in the world.