New Survey Sheds Light on European Acceptance of So-Called “Trophy” Hunting

A survey conducted by YouGov[1] and commissioned by the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) and partner organisations, has unveiled a significant acceptance of international hunting, often mislabelled as “trophy” hunting.

Brussels, 24. January 2024 – The independent sample survey by YouGov[2] of over 7000 Europeans from five countries, shows that a majority of EU citizens accept hunting. Only 23% disagree with keeping animal parts, a practice often referred to as “trophy” hunting, whilst 77% either approve or are neutral.

This starkly contrasts the claim that 85% of Europeans oppose “trophy” hunting made by the Humane Society International. Their misdirection has resulted in several national parliaments initiating efforts to ban “trophy” imports.

According to Torbjörn Larsson, FACE President:
Decision-makers at all levels need to be aware that animal rights organisations are consistently misrepresenting hunting to policy makers and the public. This data shows that the public supports regulated hunting and the keeping of hunting “trophies”, which raises major questions on misinformed proposals to ban the import of hunting “trophies”.

The survey, conducted in November 2023, aimed to ascertain unbiased public opinion on the social acceptance of domestic and international hunting. A focus was on the retention of animal parts (e.g. horns, antlers, etc.) as well as the acceptance of legal hunting that benefits conservation.

These findings challenge a narrow perception of hunting as solely targeting “trophies” of charismatic species, as often propagated by animal rights organisations.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) briefing paper, states that “trophy hunting […] can and does generate critically needed incentives and revenue for government, private and community landowners to maintain and restore wildlife as a land use and to carry out conservation actions”.

For the complete report on the public attitude toward “trophy” hunting, see here.

Media Contact:
Tristan Breijer – FACE Policy Advisor
+44 781 408 7423

About Us: FACE – the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation is the voice of 7 million European Hunters and represents 37 national members.

[1] All data are provided by YouGov PLC. 7.188 respondents participated in the survey, which took place between the 30.10. and 21.11.2023 in Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Poland. The results were weighted and are representative for the population (age 18+) in the respective country.

[2] The survey was conducted by independent polling company YouGov at the request of sustainable use organisations: FACE – European Federation for Hunting and Conservation, CIC – International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club, Wild Sheep Foundation, Conservation Force, and the International Professional Hunters Association.


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