Trophy hunting is big business. The industry employs ranchers, outfitters, professional hunters, gun manufacturers, and taxidermists alike. People with time, money and a propensity for killing, keep the business going at the rate of $200 million a year.
55 percent of trophy hunters bring home an annual salary over $100,000. This makes it easy for them to afford the hunt. Here's a breakdown of one camp's cost for an average hunt:
- $450 per night for accommodations
- $200 per night for non-hunting day(s)
- $550 per gun per day
- $14,500 for a buffalo or $22,000 for a lion (trophy fees vary according to animal)
- Air transport, taxidermy, trophy packing and shipping extra
In addition some hunters have group memberships ($1,500 membership fee) to elite clubs such as Safari Club International. These clubs sponsor killing competitions. There are awards given to the most animals slaughtered. And they even keep a record book listing names of who killed what animal, when.
Good news if you make a living out of dead animals, bad news for the environment, for the safari/tourism industry, and the animals.