If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Trophy Hunting | The Daily Show

If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Trophy Hunting | The Daily Show

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For as long as white people
have been colonizing Africa, trophy hunting
has existed as a way for them to bring home
souvenirs. And you know, in a way, I feel like us Africans
are partly to blame. We should have had a gift shop. We should have had
a gift shop. But while these pictures
may have garnered praise in the 1900s, these days,
thanks to social media, the only thing
that they generate is outrage. TV REPORTER: In recent years
the hunting of big cats has sent shock waves
around the globe. TV REPORTER:
Outrage in this country over the killing
of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe by an American hunter. TV REPORTER: This photo
from an African trophy hunt has sparked outrage
across the country. TV REPORTER:
That same fire reignited when a trophy-hunting couple
posed kissing over the corpse of a lion
they had just slain. Like… I’m sorry, man. This is,
this is just disgusting. You killed an animal for fun and then you make out
next to its dead body? Is this,
is this like a fetish? No, I honestly wonder this. Like, like, is this like
a thing just for lions, or do they do this every time
there’s a dead animal? Like, every time they see
road kill on the highway, is this couple just like,
“Honey, pull over, I’m so turned on right now.” It’s also disrespectful. Like, imagine if it happened
the other way around. Yeah. Like, at a family funeral, all of a sudden, just like,
two lions popped out and started humping
at your dad’s coffin. Just like… Yeah, you wouldn’t
be happy with that. And what’s interesting
about trophy hunting is that we all assume
people do it because they don’t care
about the animals, but according to
the hunting community, they do this
because they care too much. I know it sounds contradictory,
but hunters love animals. Hunters are the ones
that are giving so much back to preserving
these wild species. A lot of people talk
about conservation but hunters are the real,
um, conservationists. Everybody thinks
that the easiest part is pulling the trigger,
and it’s not, that’s the hardest part. But you gain so much respect and so much appreciation
for that animal… Wow, that’s one hell of a way to show your appreciation
and respect. Imagine if your boss called you
into his office and was like, “Johnny, I want to let you know
how much I appreciate and respect your hard work, and that’s why
it’s my privilege… (laughter) And by the way,
did you notice how that other woman arranged
her lions? Like, did you see that? I don’t care if you hunt or not,
that-that’s just creepy. Like, look at that.
It looks like she shot the lions
and then said, “Make it look like they’re about
to have sex, and then make that deer look
like it’s watching.” (laughter) Now, oh, another argument
trophy hunters use is that they’re actually
getting rid of the slower, weaker animals who are holding
back the rest of the herd. But that might not be
the full story. TV REPORTER: Trophy hunters
kill some of the biggest, most magnificent animals, which is bad for the health
of the species, because genes may no longer be passed on
to future generations. SALMONI: By taking those guys
out of the gene pool, it weakens the genes
of the entire population. So over the last 30 years, the average size
of a male lion has dropped specifically because
of trophy hunting. That’s right.
Despite what they say, trophy hunters
actually like to target the strongest specimens,
which I don’t support, but, honestly,
I mean, I understand. It’s called “trophy hunting”
for a reason. Yeah. You want it to look like you battled an alpha male
to the death, not like you snuck
into its nursing home and then smothered one
of the lions with a pillow. Just like, “Shh! Go to sleep, Scar, go to sleep.” (laughter) Actually, if you think about it, this is the one time
in the animal kingdom where it pays
to be out of shape. Like, I wonder
if there’s one fat-ass lion who’s just like,
“Yeah, who’s laughing now? “No one asked me to the prom, “but at least I’m not
in the picture with Don Jr. Ha ha ha!” (cheering and applause) And one of the main arguments… One of the main arguments
trophy hunters give is that their hobby
helps local villages, but upon closer inspection,
that’s not necessarily true. NEWSMAN: Critics question
whether countries that promote trophy hunts
manage that money properly. NEWSWOMAN: The 2013 report
found that just… (reading): NEWSWOMAN 2:
In Zimbabwe, corruption
and bloated bureaucracy prevent much of the money
from helping those in need. How much money does
the community get at the moment? Yeah. See, the truth is,
unfortunately, the money from these hunts
doesn’t go to these communities. Oftentimes, it stays at the top with the people who run
the trophy hunting game. To be honest, most of these
claims don’t add up for me, you know, because another thing
hunters love to say is it’s not just the money. They say that their hunting
provides meat for the local villagers. Yeah, because apparently
before the white hunters came, all Africans could do
was just look at the animals. Yeah. Africans were just like, “Oh, look at the meat
inside that buffalo, huh? “If only there was a way
to get inside it. Aah! “I guess we’ll just have to wait
for the white man to show up. One day, huh? One day.” (laughter) So, that’s trophy hunting
in a nutshell. And as weak as the arguments
for it may seem, there will always be people
who are convinced that it’s actually a good thing. Which made us think, if it’s working so well
for Africa, maybe it’s only fair
that we let America enjoy some of those benefits. Dear America,
for the past few decades, you have come to Africa
to shoot our animals. And you say you do this
to help us. We are so grateful,
we want to return the favor. You see all these stray dogs
and cats that are running
across your country? -(gun clicks)
-I’m going to kill them! That’s right.
As part of a new program, rich Africans will pay to hunt stray dogs and cats
in America. And for every dog we shoot, a portion of the profits will go
to American communities! Up to three percent! And I know what you’re thinking. “What about my pets?” I’m going to kill them, too. Yes.
Pets that have reached old age will also be hunted
by rich Africans. No more watching Fluffles
struggle to climb the stairs. Instead, Fluffles will be shot
and mounted in a Nigerian’s man cave. And here’s the best part. After we shoot the dog,
we will donate the carcass so that no more
American children go without school lunch. It’s a win-win! Oh, what a cute dog. You get a head start. (dog barks) (gun clicks) Oh, I’m going to kill it. You’re welcome, America.


  1. I always love how videos calling out "the benevolent hunters and poachers" always get so many dislikes. I mean, you don't like being called out on your bullshit, huh?

  2. This is hilarious. The propaganda people on the left swallow every day is so disturbing that all you can do is laugh anymore. Hey communist supporters do you know why the people only see 3%? It's because their government is communist.

  3. The reason that those two dysfunctional sacks of evolutionary bile are making out next to that Lion is to further infuriate Online) onlookers. 😑

  4. C'mon, im a lefty and this is some lightweight bs. There is a huge difference between "trophy hunting" and actual hunting. Real hunters harvest all they can from a kill. Not just get some picture, or mount from the animal. IF anything, that's the icing on the cake. Most these folks just want a decent amount of meat to consume and not have to buy it from mass-production farms(hey vegans and vegetarians some people like to eat meat). The message of trophy hunting being bad and not beneficial to the local human community/animal population is understandable and totally back-able. Comparing killing lions, and other African animals to a safari on common American household pets is not. Its an injustice to your native wildlife. And, really you should doubt your writers for coming up with the asinine idea in the first place. A house cat, or common dog is not at all on the same tier as a Lion, Water Buffalo, or whatever else those assholes hunt, by any means. Aside from this, and a very small handful of other discrepancies , keep up the good fight against the malarkey that is bullshit mountain

  5. This was a really poor exposition of African trophy hunting. Too bad so many people seem to think it's even close to accurate.
    If so many animal lovers seem to despise hunting, then they need to put their money where their mouth is. Hunters do. Just because one village in Zimbabwe didn't receive money from hunting fees doesn't mean that the money didn't benefit the overall conservation effort. This piece is so flawed and unfunny to boot.

  6. how about all you window licking libs stop bitching about any and everything ,you are the reason trump got elected and will again ,try shutting the f up for once jesus !

  7. if its legal there than bitch at african officials ,not at people that go there to hunt big game LEGALLY <THATS WHY THEY GO YOU MORONS !

  8. How different is it to kill animal for fun than to pay for one to be killed because one enjoys the taste of their meat?

    Make the connection, for the animals and for the Earth.

  9. If the people being paid are not distrubuted the money properly is no fault of the person paying the fee. Plus why are countries offering this kind of thing. Shouldn't you people not try to shut them down. You are not to smart are you?

  10. This guy knows nothing about hunting and how much it has done for wildlife. Billions of dollars are sent to protect the animals because of hunting from Tags, permits and even things you buy a tax goes to the DNR

  11. But trophy hunting can help conservation. Rich people will pay A LOT of money to shoot a rhino and that money can be used to fund efforts to protect the rest of the population.

    And of course trophy hunters care about the animals because if they died out what would they trophy hunt?

  12. Big game hunting is disgusting, look at the majesty of these glorious animals. This is an extremely liberal tricky game. Big game hunting is throughout the United States in the form of human game hunting. Here in Arizona we have the Fish and Game (FAG) hunting which includes other "Big Game" that do come in human form. I'll back up the cat and dog hunting too as long they aren't human or humans called animals due to extreme prejudice.

  13. If they want to hunt, let them do it old school. Just have a knife, bow and arrows or a spear and see if you can best the prey on his level. Killing with a high powered rifle from several hundred yards away is chckenshit cowardise in my opinion.

  14. You say in the video that it is their government and other programs keeping the money from the villages but you don't show or state how much the trophy hunters have to actually pay to be able to fly over there and pay to be able to hunt.

  15. lets see the type of person that does trophy hunting i think it is only the filthy rich like people that do shows . o that was poaching

  16. I mean the Bible says the devil comes to steal, KILL AND destroy… this should let everyone know who the devil really is👀☕️ …. it’s only “race” that does this

  17. Im an Alaskan and grew up hunting and i want to say that these "hunters" are fat lazy and disgusting. Killing threatened and endangered animals that they don't eat, Disgraceful. Wait a minute? Maybe there is a big game animal in Africa i would like to hunt.

  18. They think they alpha for shooting a lion metres away if you really wanna be alpha pick up a butter knife and go look the lion in the eye. Then you can brag about it.

  19. Genesis 25:27
    [27]And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
    You can't make this up but esau the so call white man will tell you he is not esau.

  20. Bull fighting is pretty messed up too. I remember awhile back a matador was killed by a bull, and they killed the bull later. It's a bull "fight". That either shows cowardice or a messed up idea of vengeance if you kill the bull after it "wins".

  21. Having worked for the National Parks Conservation Association- hunters DO fund the parks in America, however I bet we also have higher regulations on where and when they can hunt- as well as the money going where it actually needs to go. Hunting permits are a huge source of revenue, but there's a lottery for them and it's only certain times of year. There's also, in my opinion, a difference between shooting a deer for venison and JUST for sport, which is how most trophy hunting works. Personally, I think shooting something you're not going to eat is pretty wasteful. Basically, I don't think all hunting is necessarily evil but I find it hard to say that trophy hunting isn't, because of the reasons listed.

  22. When asians kill dogs and cat for meat it's called cruelty simple because cat and dogs are the chosen pets for the western. Meanwhile the west kill for fun and it's justified and should be respected.

  23. Haha how stupid trophy hunters are legal and they need to pay and that payment are used to protect the animals from mass killing by the hunters. It's quite sad that we need to do it this way. And if there is another way then we would take it but no…….

  24. Native Americans were doing this for centuries except they wore the skin and ate most of the meat. The hunters leave the meat for the animals of Africa who do not have to risk their lives to get a meal for a change, how horrible is that ? Not at all you racist POS ! Stuffing the animal and making it look as it was to show the beauty to others is not an act of evil.
    Eating a burger wearing a leather jacket while sitting on a leather car seat is OK.
    Risking your life and restoring the natural beauty of a wild creature and then displaying it in a room for others to see the beauty while providing a risk free meal to African animals is bad ?

  25. The hunters pay huge fees to hunt safari and that money goes to the tribe. All the meat goes to the tribe. Hunters kill surplus game animals. When species have too many animals in a certain area, the area cannot sustain them and they die from disease and lack of resources. Food water shelter. Killing the surplus game helps the ecosystem sustain a proper carrying capacity. Hunting is conservation.

  26. Trevor, you are so brainwashed. You should GO BACK and save all those animals. At least donate 3 % of your income. No? Hmm. Your narrative smell like…..bull$hit.

  27. I'm fine when someone has to kill an animal for survival, but for fun… that makes me mad. Don't sociopaths kill for pleasure? 😠😭

  28. It’s game regulation the areas can only support so many wild animals if you animal stopped having so many babies maybe they would have more room

  29. Trophy hunting itself, I'm not a fan of, but like the giraffe shown, big game hunting is needed to kill off older bull/male animals who are now infertile from killing younger bull/male animals who are fertile in order to help the population grow (1 animal dead for 3-5 more animals to live and reproduce). This meat is then donated to locals for food. Dave Salmoni is wrong, the size of lions has fluctuated for many many years due to constant DNA changes, parasites, and disease. Taking a few Zoology classes teaches you more than Dave Salmoni will admit to you. And hunting in general is a much needed source of food; around 8 million Americans (stats fluctuate yearly) rely solely on or partially on hunted meat.

  30. If trophy hunting is done RIGHT, then it is very good for the population of the species. It comes down to how well the program is run. This isn't the fault of white people, it's the corruption of the African nations that push for trophy hunting that is causing the issues.

  31. Amazing you care about these animals & not the babies the democraps are fine with killing every day! O'ya your a Soros funded propagandist!

  32. YouTube has been trying to get me to watch this for weeks. I finally gave in.
    This is par for the course and not unexpected. Why you make me watch this google and friends?

  33. since every one hear has there panties in a bunch, I want to explain the one truth. I my self enjoy hunting, how ever to kill a lion or any other preditoral or an indangered  speciese is WRONG. Why kill any animal if you can not eat it? Why kill one if its almost gone? Why not hunt grazing animals? I personally don't have a problem with the jeraf, as long as the permit is so expensive that they can breed 5 – 10 from the permit money. Also fuck the English language with the sounds one way but is written a different way.

  34. We need to let the populations increase of those animals so they don't go extinct. After that I support the hunting of them by Americans (Fine print: Using their bare hands or maybe a self made spear)

  35. If you want to know just how sad the situation is look who is to blame: https://cites.org/eng/news/Background_issuance_CITES_permits_export_of_rhinoceros_horn_15032017 while Rhine horns are basically the same as horse hoofs or finger nail clippings for that matter, meaning they grow at the rate of about one kilogram per year. CITES continues to make the sale of legally harvested rhino horn from happy healthy living Rhinos illegal!!! The only legal way to come to Africa and buy a Rhino horn is by killing the Rhino you take it from??? Conservation strategy: get big money to kill a percentage of the Rhinos each year White and Black? Just imagine for a moment that Rhino horn could be sold legally from Rhino that are not being murdered for their horn… If you had houses, and people wanted the hoofs, would you kill your hours and cut off the hoofs, or just sell the clippings from the hoof when it gets a new shoes… This situation is really sad! So many people have lost their lives trying to make a quick buck poaching Rhino to supply the illegal trade while there are literally tons of rhino horns being stored in government and private vaults because it is illegal to sell it? There is still demand, the supply can easily meat the demand in a way that funds the conservation of Rhinos internationally, but CITES prefers trophy hunting and an illegal market with a war and hundreds of human deaths. Who benefits from this?

  36. Those lion's can "SMACK" THE "MEAT" OUTTA THE "FACE" LIKE "WOLVERINE" if that was really a so called "$PORT" =🏃🐅💨

  37. I'm not a Hunter but I'd hunt some big ass cat capable of killing me….let's not forget the Africans that poach and harm these same animals everyday. Like would you rather be shot and killed on the spot or get snared and struggle to live for days, maybe weeks just so someone can saw the tusks off that elephant

  38. Trophy hinting is awesome. Poor little sad trevor… dont be a pussy.

    Trevor and all of his viewers are bitches.. 🤘 on my way to kill a rino..

  39. Call me a traditionalist. But I'll never got impressed to people who hunted and killed endangered animals by pulling a trigger to their gun. If you want to 'show' how oh-so-powerful you are, go up there and wrestle that lion, I'll let you bring two daggers because lions have claws and canines, we'll see who won from that. If you can survive, you're THE man. You're a pussy if you only dared to pull a trigger. A fucking whiny pussy.

  40. I love Trever Noah because he is funny but this video just isn't showing the full complexity of the issue. A random out of context clip of an African guy saying the money does't reach the community isn't an economic analyses. What I have heard is that the hunters generally pay large sums of money to hunt aggressive males which are past their reproductive stage and the money is used by the parks.

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