Sick trophy hunters killed an animal every 3 minutes over last 10 years

Trophy hunters, who shoot animals for sport, have killed an animal every three minutes over the past decade, a new book has claimed.

The activity has led to the death of more than 1.7million animals since 2010, including elephants, lions and rhinos.

According to Trophy Leaks: Top Hunters and Industry Secrets, a new craze called Hogpocalypse Now is taking the bloody industry by storm.

Hogpocalypse killing involve giving hunters the chance to open fire on gangs of wild hogs from a helicopter.

The bizarre activity is name after a scene 1979 film Apocalypse Now where a US Army soldier opens fire on defenceless Vietnamese citizens.

The website for a Hogpocalypse experience in Texas reads: “There's nothing like buzzing over droves of hogs while cutting loose with your itchy trigger finger.”

He also suggests that game-hunting enthusiasts ran a campaign of disinformation on social media ahead of the British government's ban on trophy imports.

Author Eduardo Goncalves claims game hunters funded a £600,000 Twitter and Facebook campaign pretending to be Africans opposing to the law changes.

It alleges enthusiasts pledged £1.5million to Donald Trump’s campaign, who is known to have an interest in hunting.

Mr Goncalves campaign against hunting has gained support from celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Joanna Lumley.

He told Mail Online: "Future generations will look back aghast at how we allowed the world's most endangered species to be gunned down in their droves by adrenaline junkies in pursuit of grinning selfies and gruesome souvenirs.

"Trophy-hunting isn't about a handful of sick individuals – it is about a huge global industry which wields extraordinary power and manipulates governments."

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