Captive hunts, also known as “canned hunts,” are the very opposite of fair chase. Shooters at captive hunts pay to kill animals—even endangered species—trapped behind fences.
Animals from breeders, dealers, and even zoos or circuses may end up at captive hunts. Often the animals are hand-raised and bottle-fed, so they aren't afraid of people.
The animals are often accustomed to being fed in certain areas at regular intervals—and shooters will be there waiting. Captive hunts are so unsporting that hunting groups like Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young, and the Izaak Walton League oppose them. Captive hunts also threaten cattle and wildlife with disease, while the owners earn big fees.
There are more than a thousand captive hunts in this country.
Animal Planet Exposes Captive Hunts
If you missed the "Animal Planet Investigates" segment devoted to an HSUS investigation of captive hunts, you can see some of our undercover footage at the link below.Learn More »
News & Events
December 30, 2015
According to international trade data, American hunters comprise the vast majority of the clientele for South Africa’s notorious canned hunting operations for African lions.
December 16, 2015
The killing of Cecil the lion opened eyes and hearts to the senseless "sport" of trophy hunting, a cruel, twisted practice that devastates populations of threatened and endangered species. You can help us end it.
October 7, 2015
Nueva encuesta revela que la mayoría de los estadounidenses se oponen a la cacería de trofeos tras la muerte del león Cecil
De acuerdo a una nueva encuesta nacional, los votantes estadounidenses dijeron que se oponen a la cacería de trofeos, por un margen de dos a uno.
June 5, 2015
An Indiana Supreme Court ruling has now legalized captive hunting in Indiana.