We recently released a new report, "Trophy Madness," which provides a broad view into the bloodlust and vanity that fuels wealthy individuals to hopscotch around the world to kill endangered and penned-up animals. We found that one Michigan trophy hunter, the owner of a large mechanical contracting firm, has killed animals of more than 250 species in 26 countries. He once even sued his African hunting guide for not getting him enough trophies to add to his "significant" collection and for not getting adequate video footage of him killing animals.
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.