Since Cecil the lion was killed by American dentist Walter Palmer in July 2015, British trophy hunters have shot approximately 1,000 animals that are at risk of extinction. In all, they have killed as many as 5,000 animals…

Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting founder Eduardo Goncalves has spent a year undercover getting to know Britain’s top trophy hunters… They have shared their sick boasts with him, along with photos of the animals they have shot.

Some of the comments made by British trophy hunters featured in the book include graphic descriptions of the wounds they inflicted on animals:

·         “Bright red blood was sprayed everywhere with pieces of tissue mixed in”

·         “I could see the lung blood bubbling from the exit wound”

·         “My bullet smashed through the rear leg removing most of the bone and destroying muscle”

·         “There was a lot of blood. We followed the trail finding chunks of bone”

·         “There was a pleasing amount of blood. We found intestines caught on the thorns”

·         “There was stomach contents on the ground and splatters of blood”

·         “With a broken shoulder and the top of the heart destroyed he managed to run 200m”

British hunters often bragged about their trophies:

·         “I have done 33 safaris in Africa. I’ve shot very good leopard. I’ve shot lion. I’ve shot very good elephant. I shot a 27-inch Black Rhino”

·         “My two biggest elephants – 74 and 76 lbs. My two lions would qualify for awards, plus a couple of big leopards”

·         “I shot a MONSTER leopard end of last season!”

·         “I shot a dwarf mongoose. That was tiny. I got a tree squirrel, all sorts of bloody things!”

Hunters from the UK spoke of the ‘thrill of the kill’ too:

·         “We grab a few beers and have a bit of fun shooting the monkeys”

·         “You see something and you get all adrenaline over it and you pay anything for it”

·         “Shooting them out of trees with bows – really cool, really fun!”

·         “I heard the smack of a hit and saw it go down on its side, legs in the air. I was grinning”

·         “I squeezed off the round and heard the satisfying thwack of the round hitting home”



“Mr Goncalves has done the government and the world a service. Trophy hunting is a barbaric practice and a dirty business. (Trophy hunters) do it because they like killing animals. Ministers should get on with ensuring that Britain has no part in the practice.” The Times – December 7, 2020

Visit www.TrophyLeaks.com for details

“Britain’s most prominent anti-hunting activist” – Daily Mail

Winner, ‘ANIMAL HERO AWARDS 2019’ for Services to Wildlife – Daily Mirror

“A campaigner who makes the Energiser Bunny look like a Lethargic Sloth” – War on Wildlife Project

“The world’s leading authority on recreational killing”Psychology Today

Eduardo is founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (UK) and Director of the international Ban Trophy Hunting foundation: www.bantrophyhunting.org

He has been a campaigner and writer on environmental, conservation and animal welfare issues for nearly 30 years. To find out more, see ‘About’.

Below are examples of some of his most recent work, campaigns and successes – including the presentation of the 2019 Animal Hero Award for services to wildlife by TV presenter Steve Backshall, Olympic and world champion rower Helen Glover, Peter Egan, and Coronation Street’s Helen Worth.

The Daily Mirror – organisers of the Animal Heroes Award – have made a film about Eduardo’s work with powerful tributes from legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, ex-England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen, Daily Mirror editor Alison Philips, and Stanley Johnson, father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Watch the film and presentation here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9C3bDdaQT74

Get your copy of “KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” from www.TheExtinctionIndustry.com 

TROPHY HUNTING is putting some of the world’s most vulnerable animals on a FAST-TRACK to EXTINCTION.

That’s the shocking findings of “KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry”, the brilliant sequel to the explosive best-seller “TROPHY HUNTERS EXPOSED: Inside the Big Game Industry” by award-winning conservationist and writer Eduardo Goncalves.

Launched on the 5th anniversary of the shooting of Cecil the lion, “KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” charts the calamitous COLLAPSE in LION POPULATIONS in recent years.

Goncalves reveals INTERNAL INDUSTRY records which show African elephants’ tusks are SHRINKING dramatically – due to the insatiable appetites of trophy hunters and poachers.

In a no-holds-barred foreword, world-famous primatologist JANE GOODALL writes:

“Trophy hunting is leading to the extinction of a number of species. Scientific studies have demonstrated the links between trophy hunting and population declines. Yet exports of hunting trophies continue to increase. For the good of conservation, the days of the ‘great White Hunter’ should be brought to a close.”

“KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” reveals the huge numbers of WHITE RHINOS that are being shot by Chinese ‘hunters’ – thanks to a legal ‘loophole’ that lets trophy hunters kill rhinos for horns and other body parts.

POLAR BEARS have been shot for their GENITALIA and GALLS for traditional Chinese medicines. LEOPARDS are being killed in large numbers despite IUCN warnings their numbers are falling. CHEETAH numbers are now down to fewer than 7,000 – yet the EU still lets European hunters bring their trophies in.

“KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” unearths dramatic new evidence showing Trophy Hunters have ALREADY shot animals to EXTINCTION.

It exposes some of the most HORRIFIC hunts of threatened species currently on offer – including CANNED TIGER and JAGUAR hunts in South Africa, and KANGAROO and ‘Frankenstein animal’ hunting on private American ranches.

It also explores the surprising links between some wildlife groups and the industry…

After the furore which followed the shooting of Cecil the lion, the UK government promised it would stop British hunters from bringing back lion trophies – then quietly dropped the pledge. “KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” reveals that, thanks to this, hunters from the UK have shot at least another 50 lions…

“KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry” warns that trophy hunting could help cause the WORLD’S FIRST BIG CAT EXTINCTION since the sabre-tooth tiger died out in pre-historic times.

“Virtually everyone agrees that Trophy Hunting is cruel and immoral,” says author Eduardo Goncalves. “We now have incontrovertible proof of trophy hunting’s devastating impact on wildlife. What more will it take for governments to finally act?”

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Order your copy today from www.TrophyHuntersExposed.com

“If this book doesn’t get trophy hunting banned I don’t know what will. This is an incredible investigation that reveals everything the industry would rather you didn’t know.” – JUDI DENCH

“A society which allows sentient creatures to be killed for entertainment has serious questions to answer. ‘Trophy Hunters Exposed’ asks those questions and then answers them in devastating fashion.” PETER EGAN

“If there’s one book to buy about animals this year, this is it. Trophy hunting is legalised animal abuse on an industrial scale. ‘Trophy Hunters Exposed’ tells us why we must abolish it. Now.” – JOANNA LUMLEY



Thousands of animals threatened with extinction were shot by trophy hunters last year. Attempts to protect dwindling lion and elephant populations have been thwarted by hunters. They are now allowed to shoot twice as many critically endangered black rhinos. How has this happened?

‘TROPHY HUNTERS EXPOSED – Inside the Big Game Industry’ is an explosive investigation into the trophy hunting industry, its key players and donors, and how it is stripping endangered animals of the protections they need.

It reveals how a top fundraiser for Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin’s right-hand man, the head of a paramilitary death-squad and a former WWF Director have shot record-breaking lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards.

It exposes the identities of over 500 hunters who have won industry awards for shooting all the ‘African Big Five’; the leading figures in the UK industry including a salesman who helps hunters shoot juvenile lions in enclosures; and the extraordinary kill tallies and trophy collections of hunters around the world.

It also lifts the lid on how household brands – and our taxes – are funding lobbyists, how the Boy Scouts and Salvation Army in the US are helping the industry recruit a new generation of child hunters, how lobbyists are posing as ‘conservation’ groups … and how the industry boasts it ploughs more money into US elections than some of the world’s biggest corporations.

Read how psychologists and criminologists fear trophy hunting could be fuelling violent crime, and how the industry could spark devastating outbreaks of diseases in local communities …

“A powerful call to action” – Jeremy Cooper, ex-CEO RSPCA

“A hard-hitting and uncompromising expose” – Prof John Cooper QC

“The handbook for campaigners against Trophy Hunting has arrived” – Carrie LeBlanc, World Rallies Against Trophy Hunting

“Excellently researched” – Linda Park, Voice4Lions


Proceeds from the sale of “Trophy Hunters Exposed: Inside the Big Game Industry” will be donated to the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting.




Most photos by Paul Nicholls Photography: http://www.paulnichollsphotography.com/

BOOK REVIEW – “Trophy Hunters Exposed: Inside the Big Game Industry”

by Charlie Moores, War on Wildlife

The Daily Mail has described Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH) as “Britain’s most prominent anti-hunting activist”. Whether they mean that as a compliment is difficult to tell, but it does show just how busy Eduardo has been given that he only set up CBTH two years ago. Prior to that he was chief-executive of the League Against Cruel Sports of course (which, not that disclaimers are needed, is where I first met him), but Eduardo – it seems – has indeed become one of the most recognisable faces and voices in a movement arrowing in on one of the most cruel, wasteful, and disturbing examples of humanity’s war on wildlife.

In a remarkably short time Eduardo (who is seemingly everywhere and knows everyone) has brought together a broad coalition of supporters and researchers, become an almost permanent fixture in the media, and – it turns out – has also somehow found time to write a book. Or at least, written the sort of minutely-detailed, reference-packed work that an organisation like Ethical Consumer might produce if they were to write a book. Stripped of anything superfluous, of anything subjective or gratuitous (there are no images – can you imagine the hunters writing their manual without including selfies of dentists with dead lions?), “Trophy Hunters Exposed: Inside the Big Game Industry” slams into trophy hunting with the force of a meteorite.

Published today and presented in three parts, ‘THE’ precisely dissects the Industry (“one of the world’s most powerful political lobbies”), dispassionately lists the worst of the world’s self-glorifying hunters, before finally detailing exactly why these apparently sexually inadequate, delusional, ‘freedom fighters’ only feel alive when they’re killing something (in the name of ‘conservation’ of course). It’s all done so forensically. Fact after fact delivered like charges in an indictment. Page after page of condemnation of an industry that shouldn’t exist, that is built from an alt-right shopping list of God, money, gun rights, and machismo, a skewed eighteenth-century vision of white men sorting out the wilderness, and a biblical ‘dominion’ belief that animals are just there for us to do what we want with.

Eduardo doesn’t go in for such rhetorical flourish though, and ‘THE’ is all the better for it. There is a noticeable absence of opinion or personal pronouns. It is in essence a distillation of factual material, minutely researched and referenced, that brings together absolutely every good argument against trophy hunting. Trophy hunting’s proponents will seize on that last point as the book is unconcerned with presenting any of what they would see as the good arguments for trophy hunting. But, I would hazard a guess, that was never the intention. Eduardo’s response might be to point out that the industry has had years to lobby, obfuscate, blur, and lie, so why should he give their arguments (which revolve almost entirely around land-use) another airing, but I think it’s more likely that he simply neither respects nor agrees with any of them.

And why should he? Anything trophy hunters might trot out about respect for wildlife, local people, or conservation is undermined by their own words and actions. While ‘THE’ is not filled with what Eduardo thinks, feels, or has experienced, it does collate the most apposite quotations of others. There are damning lines picked from, for example, hunting forums, from unguarded discussions at hunting shows, and from the tone-deaf posturings of hunters on social media. There is an enormous amount of material in the public domain. Much of it no doubt resonates with fellow psychopaths, but to the rest of us it is just revealing. From glorifying trophy rooms (external representations of an individual’s total lack of empathy with the natural world) to organ-swelling gun porn (“…[the gazelle] swayed back and forth a bit and then turned and I saw the blood pouring out of his nose”), the appalling world of treating sentient life as the urinal wall in a pissing contest is laid bare.

Will ‘THE’ end trophy hunting? For all its gimlet-eyed focus on this ego-stroking ‘sport’, the answer is no, of course not. As the book details, heads of industry, the uber-wealthy, and sons of presidents and royalty fill voids in their lives by blasting holes in animals. Hunting has shored itself up with vast bank accounts, infiltrated legislature and conservation organsations, and is now chasing children to ensure the flow of emotionally-stunted gunmen doesn’t dry up. It sells itself as freedom, and uses an image of masculinity that appeals to a primal desire to slaughter that many of us acknowledge but have turned away from in disgust. More than all of that, it is about making profit. Corrupt officials have made absolute fortunes selling wildlife to the vainglorious. Trophy hunting will not simply lie down and go away, but much like how Dr Mark Avery’s ‘Inglorious’ stripped away the veneer of tradition and glamour that the grouse industry had wrapped itself in, “Trophy Hunters Exposed: Inside the Big Game Industry” does exactly what it sets out to do: expose, strip bare, shine a light that trophy hunting will at first sneer at but – as the evidence piles up – will ultimately be desperate to shrink away from.

Another question might be, where does ‘Trophy Hunting Exposed’ sit in our post-Covid world? Is it a perfect post-Covid book, arriving bang on time as we seek to re-examine our relationship with the environment and with nature? I don’t think so. Not because ‘THE’ is not an invaluable resource or primer par excellence (it definitely is), but because none of what ‘THE’ exposes is made worse by global pandemic. We already knew that habitat and biodiversity loss was destroying nature, that we’re emptying the planet of large mammals (especially large carnivores), and that unregulated trophy hunting (and Eduardo has plenty to say about CITES incidentally) is slashing-and-burning its way through whole populations of supposedly protected wildlife. Trophy hunting was horrible and self-serving long before the virus emerged, and the seeds of this book were surely planted almost as soon as Eduardo began gathering his facts and statistics for the launch of CBTH. There was simply so much damning material that it had to go somewhere, and a book that all of us can use as a reference or guide to silence or infuriate trophy hunters is the logical format.

Like all campaigns that tackle such complex issues it will take a huge, multi-agency effort to end trophy hunting, but those of us that love wildlife should be incredibly grateful that there are campaigners like Eduardo Goncalves prepared to stand so visibly on the front line. Genial and all smiles on the surface, he is like a human cruise missile, powered by cold fury and laser-locked on the appalling trophy hunting industry. I suspect the industry hates him. Which is perhaps reason enough to own ‘Trophy Hunters Exposed’, but more importantly it’s all the information you need to marshal your thoughts, talk persuasively to your family and friends about trophy hunting, and to rebut the claims of pro hunters that they do no harm, love animals, and are true conservationists. It’s important to note, too, that any profits from ‘THE’ will go straight back into funding the work of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting.

As stated above, no single book, no single effort, can stop something as embedded and well-financed as trophy hunting. But have no doubt that each barbed fact, each truth, each honest analysis will unpick the threads holding this disgusting edifice together and convince more and more of us that it is dishonest, untruthful, and bereft of legitimacy. And that – in the end – is how it will be brought down.

Charlie Moores – May 25, 2020

EDIT: Interestingly The Times newspaper has today published an editorial (the same day as ‘THE’ becomes available of course) that blasts the trophy hunting industry and says that Britain should ban the import of animal trophies. This is undoubtedly an important ramping up in efforts to ban the import of ‘trophies’ (bits of dead animals) into the UK. An import ban is something the trophy hunting ‘conservationists’ have always fought against – which seems odd, given that they would still be able to ‘conserve’ the animal by travelling overseas to kill it. Or is it the impact of a ban on hunters egos that really troubles them? That’s a rhetorical question of course, to which we all already know the answer…