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


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.

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