Shocking undercover investigation exposes auction house of horrors where African hunting trophies are sold to the highest bidder

An American undercover team has exposed a bizarre auction where thousands of trophies and taxidermized animals killed in Africa, are sold to the highest bidders the US

The investigators from the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International found trophies made of African elephants, giraffes, hippos, polar bears, grizzly bears and mountain lions being auctioned in Iowa over a four-day period in October.

“Shelves and bins were packed with discarded trophies including threatened and endangered species like elephants and polar bears, other imperiled species like giraffes and hippos, and countless trophies of American wildlife like grizzly bears, black bears and mountain lions” the report says.

Other auction items included home décor such as tables and lamps made from giraffe legs and feet, tables made from African elephant feet and a juvenile giraffe taxidermy.

“ The investigator saw piles of giraffe leg bones, sets of hippo teeth and a dusty box labelled “elephant ears and skin.”

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said: “It is unconscionable that not only are these threatened and endangered species of wild animals killed by trophy hunters, but the souvenirs from these hunts are ultimately mothballed and sold off at a fairground full of unwanted animal body parts.’

‘This massive display of animal death is a devastating snapshot of what it looks like when species are being pushed to the brink of extinction.” He said

The undercover investigator learned that most of the trophies are the result of trophy hunters tiring of their collections, downsizing, or dying and leaving these items to family members who don’t want them.

Jeffrey Flocken, president of Humane Society International, said, “It is deeply saddening to see this final stage of the trophy hunting industry where these majestic species are relegated to an auction house floor instead of fulfilling their role in their respective populations and ecosystems.” 

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