In Las Vegas, Safari Club International descends with 20,000 trophy hunters for its annual convention at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The four day event features many auctions at which hunters bid tens of thousands of dollars for the horrific purpose of brutally murdering our planet's wildlife. This year the animals whose heads were being sold for profit included numerous elephants, lions, moose, elk...and even a polar bear.
Yet this event did not go unnoticed by activists from all over the country! We are proud to say CWI hosted evening protests Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights that were met by cheers, honks, and "thumbs up" from passersby.
We also received press and much more exposure for our campaign by implementing a "mobile billboard". The billboard, designed by CWI Executive Director Carrie LeBlanc and CWI Board Advisor Craig Swanson, provided a dynamic means for sharing the atrocity of trophy hunting with tens of thousand of people visiting Las Vegas. The billboard ran up and down the Las Vegas Strip throughout the SCI convention for a total of 28 hours. Many people stopped to take a closer look!
On the final day of the convention, CWI hosted the Worldwide Rally For Cecil event. This year 40 cities across 10 countries took part in our effort to raise awareness about cruel trophy hunting. Take a peek at some of the beautiful rallies!
And here's the main rally in Las Vegas! We're proud to say that folks traveled in from Canada, Washington, California, Arizona, Minnesota, and beyond to participate!
In 2018 CWI will once again protest the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas from January 31st to February 3rd! Mark your calendars and get ready to join us to speak out against one of the largest trophy hunting events in the world!
We are also excited to announce that our Worldwide Rally For Cecil event is evolving into the Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting (WRATH)! WRATH will take place on Sunday, July 1st, 2018 in memory of the death of Cecil the lion on that day in 2015. Keep up-to-date on all of the latest related to our efforts to fight trophy hunting at the WRATH Facebook page and at endtrophyhunting.org.