Cheap deals on ‘easy’ animal killing trips at Europe’s largest trophy hunting fair
Europe’s largest trophy hunting fair, Jagd & Hund, has been accused of glorifying the slaughtering of the world’s most endangered species for ‘thrills and bragging rights’.
The Dortmund-based event was visited by undercover wildlife policy specialist Manon Dené, who spoke to Metro.co.uk about the grim reality of the controversial game-hunting industry.
She said she was ‘horrified’ to find a hunt of Namibia’s protected giraffes offered for less than €3,000 (£2,500), with a special deal to take the head home as a trophy. The protected species was described as an ‘easy’ target by exhibitionists, ‘because there are so many of them [giraffes] just roaming near the lodge’.
‘For about 5000 euros, anyone can sign up for a three day giraffe hunt in Namibia and leave with a trophy. It was shocking even to be having this conversation with them about slaughtering these beautiful animals for entertainment. ‘This kind of trophy hunting fair outlines how shockingly easy it is for individuals to travel almost anywhere in the world to shoot as many iconic or endangered species as her/his bank account allows for.’