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.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. As a Kenyan, I honestly feel so disappointed in African leaders as a whole. The greed and corruption in our countries make us such an easy target. Just imagine if it was the other way round…Africans hunting down American animals…we'd be deported ASAP. We honestly need to value ourselves, love ourselves and put ourselves first. And stop acting like the victim and instead, rise above being the "victim".

  2. Did he say anything about xenophobic attack in south africa?
    Maybe he can leave Trump for a while and talk about his country terrible death and attack

  3. Whites, who understands you faded people of the universe…. you kill a cat in America and the judge will give you a Century in prison
    .

  4. Yes , exactly and when lions start to defend themselves , you call them terrorists, it happens all the time, and with humans.

  5. This is not saving anything what will happen when they are all gone SO SAD your killing the beauty for the children of the world STOP Africa doesn't need you you're helping nothing!!!

  6. Woe, Trevor just skirted the part where the money generated by trophy hunting foes into the conservation effort . This is rather shallow and one sided view on things as well regulated trophy hunting (as shown in Adam ruins everything video on YouTube) .

  7. How cool would it be, if this hunters are said to drop them off in a National Park and instead are dropped off in a war zone anywhere in africa. "You got the guns, enjoy…."

  8. Send these trophy hunters to Syria to hunt ISIS. That is true courage, that kind of game can defend itself, and they will be doing the world a favour.

  9. USamericans realy like using their many guns. Especialy at live targets. Apparently the favored targets are endangered species and, as have been shown all too often, school children.
    Are thiese the rumored good guys with guns?

  10. It’s disgusting. A black rhino that is an endangered species was allowed to be hunted and killed for a fee of $400,000. Americans just want to kill kill kill anything and everything; extinction, cruelty, bloodshed and creating orphaned animals be damned. Don Jr and idiots like him with little dicks love to kill for a thrill. Read a book bloody motherfuckers.

  11. No one didn't laugh when the 2 guys said they will hunt the American pets. So if you care so much for your dogs and cats please leave our wild animals alone. Well done Trevor👍.

  12. Bullsh*t, it is not up to the trophy hunters to initiate natural selection, by killing off the "weaker" animal that supposedly "slows down" the rest.

    That is natures job!! The weaker animals usually get eaten by predators. Shooting them as a trophy just takes food out of the mouth of these natural predators.

  13. Trophy hunters do not "believe" in their argument. They say it only as their stock defense to the opposition. They also call themselves conservationists, which is absurd. What do you expect from lying killers. Horrible people.

  14. I thought mass poaching was a bigger problem. I thought the whole thing with this was hey our local government needs money so lets find some entitled rich white people that are willing to spend a boat ton of cash to kill something they would have no chance of fighting without a gun. When a male giraffe starts killing baby giraffes because its horny, the government will kill them anyways. Why not get get paid by a white guy for him to do it for you. Yes I understand its hard to choose between letting a person kill an animal with an elephant gun and letting certain animals go nuts. What I dont understand is the lion, do male lions do something that makes the local government put a price tag on their head? Its weird. And yes I realize the specific case in this video was a poacher. That shit is unforgivable.

  15. That's dark well at least I keep my dog in the house for the most part and that kind of sucks that is true though they shouldn't be killing those animals in Africaanimal hunting is all played out how in the world PETA going to protect our animals but we still got these people killing animals over there💯🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

  16. You shouldn't shoot dogs
    If you do trophy hunting in the US it should be species unique to America, like bald eagels and bison
    Africa has plenty of dogs
    (joke)

  17. The people going to africa who kill animals just to take a freaking picture of its corpse are scum, is that the best way they can find to spend their time and money? I mean I don’t get it at all.

  18. Trophy hunters are just psychopaths. To fix the problem let’s trophy hunt the trophy hunters and bring some justice. See if they like being hunted down and killed for no real purpose at all (except now they can’t hurt animals ever again)

  19. I don’t believe in hell- but- I do believe in God. I’m praying that God actually creates a real Hell for them.
    WHILE THE ANIMALS ARE HUNTING THEM-AGAIN AND AGAIN!!

  20. Those animals are going through what African humans went through when colonizers and enslavers arrived in the 1600’s and 1700’s. So sad that the mentality has not changed.

  21. They should all be arrested , and then sent to reservation where the animals get to hunt them, maybe we give them a knife to make it interesting.

  22. They got tired of hunting animals and started hunting humans. That's how it started. If you live in those countries, it's your duty to hunt and kill them 😈

  23. Seriously what the fuck America? Trump is one thing but producing these sickening people that think this is right and that its justified? Very disappointed.

  24. When overly wealthy, entitled and shallow people get bored ..it's a deadly combination. They either destroy them selves with endless plastic surgery or have to murder animals to make themselves feel superior in some way, or both. Either way it's mental illness at its worst!

  25. That skit was awesome. People love cats and dogs. Imagine people randomly killing them for sport. It would be a riot. Afterall, they love these animals, more than humans. 😂😈

  26. What a shame. Does is no hunting. If they were on gun naked situation and that animal were attacking them and, finally, they win using their intelligence. Then, I would believe the alpha-male sensation, they are attempting. However, to kill someone from a safe distance using a gun, that is not impressive.

  27. I'm a vegetarian but appreciate hunters for being realistic. Most people have a disconnect between animal and meat.

    Everyone is equally delusional.

  28. notices subject matter
    already laughing cause I know people are butthurt
    Oh comment section please show me how stupid and outraged people are getting cause they don't understand how trophy hunting works.

  29. I'm sorry if any body can what other race is globally responsible for this. White people love to just kill and slaughter and take advantage of my people bc they can. Anybody can prove me wrong.

  30. Honestly I think the media just wants all men to be women now. MEN ARE HUNTERS not just gatherers. Don't loose the art of hunting. And it's TRUE Hunters do love animals.

  31. Hunters are pethetic small dicked psychopaths. Every video where hunters get mauled is one id like to see. Like those matadors in spain….watching them get trampled and stabbed by a horn is porn to me.

  32. They are all bastards that have no empathy for life and respect for animals but I don't blame them, I blame that African governments that gave these nut heads visa to enter their countries in the first place!

  33. Disgusting egotistical supremacist cunt. Fucking zero consideration for the wildlife and mother nature. First they kill blacks, now they kill mightiest animals to just show that they can. This is so fucked up.

  34. Lol why would Africans hunt American dogs that's a weak comparison. We already have many Black bear deer wild cats etc that can be hunted. No one hunts African village dogs 😂

  35. I wonder when Trophy hunting will bring home the unwanted & most Hated of Political Scumbags as Trophies to be used for the Game of Darts at parties.

  36. White people : "Slavery was beneficial to the Africans". "Conquest was beneficial to the Natives" and now : "Trophy hunting is beneficial to the wild life"… this people clearly need some collective therapy…

  37. As a meat eater I'm for hunting for food, better than breed an animal in cages and in unnatural ways. But I hate trophy hunters, nothing but rich white man wanting the have the right to kill rare animals.

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