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February 14, 2020 - Buzz Feed

Inside The Global Conservation Organization Infiltrated By Trophy Hunters

Inside The Global Conservation Organization Infiltrated By Trophy Hunters
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They're trusted to protect animals - but ‘they’ include trophy hunters. An investigation by BuzzFeed News shows that trophy hunters and luxury fashion brands have been working for years to influence the IUCN, to expand the billion-dollar trade in endangered animal species.

Trophy hunting is big business — in the past decade 1.7 million hunting trophies were traded worldwide, and according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 200,000 of those are believed to have come from endangered species. Advocates defend trophy hunting as a way to fund conservation efforts that ultimately help the animals being hunted, even if they are already endangered. But critics say the benefits are exaggerated, and a convenient argument to make for those people who simply want to kill wild animals for sport.

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