Importation of hunting trophies prohibited to protect endangered species in the world

  • Import of hunting trophies of thousands of endangered and threatened species to be banned – including lions, rhinos, elephants and polar bears
  • Ban on importing hunting trophies will be one of the toughest in the world, protecting nearly 7,000 species
  • Key commitment in the manifesto as part of a larger UK effort to support international conservation

The import of hunting trophies from thousands of endangered and threatened species, including lions, rhinos, elephants and polar bears, should be banned, under new measures announced today by the Secretary of State for the Environment George Eustice.

The new ban will apply to imports of hunting trophies from endangered and threatened animals in Britain, supporting long-term conservation of the species and protecting some of the world’s most endangered and endangered animals, including the frequently killed “Big Five” (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes).

Over the past 50 years, there has been a 60% decline in the world’s wildlife. This ban will be among the most severe in the world and will protect a range of species, including nearly 6,000 animals currently threatened by international trade.

The ban will also cover over 1,000 additional species considered near threatened or worse, such as the African buffalo, zebra and reindeer, going beyond the government’s initial commitment to ban the import of trophies. hunting of endangered species.

The government consulted on a ban in 2019 and we received over 44,000 responses that showed clear support from the public and conservation groups for tighter restrictions, with 86% supporting other measures.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:

More animal species are now threatened with extinction than ever before in human history and we are dismayed that hunters are bringing back trophies and putting more pressure on some of our most iconic animals and most threatened.

It would be one of the toughest bans in the world and goes beyond our overt commitment, meaning we will pave the way for the protection of endangered animals and help strengthen and support long-term conservation. term.

Eduardo Gonçalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, said:

The government’s bill appears to be the toughest ban in the world. This is the leadership we are calling for to save endangered species and help end this terrible trade.

Wildlife needs this ban. Endangered animals are cruelly and needlessly killed every day, and many of them are brought back to Britain as trophies.

I urge the government to bring the bill to Parliament as soon as possible and I will ask members of Parliament and peers to support it.

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International UK said:

We welcome the government’s commitment today to an import ban on hunting trophies into the UK that will protect thousands of species, including lions, elephants and giraffes, which have been ruthlessly targeted by trophy hunters. We also welcome that he ruled out loopholes that would have allowed hunters to continue shipping their sick memories.

We are now urging ministers to speed up the introduction of this bill, which will make going on vacation to kill endangered animals and bringing their body parts home as legally indefensible as it is. socially unacceptable.

Born Free Policy Director Dr Mark Jones said:

It can’t be fair that British hunters can pay to kill endangered wildlife overseas and ship the trophies home. While the UK is by no means the largest destination for international hunting trophies, UK-based hunters frequently travel abroad to kill animals for fun, including endangered species. extinction. The proposed ban will send a clear signal that the UK does not condone the brutal killing of endangered wildlife for this so-called ‘sport’ by UK citizens.

It has been two years since the British public overwhelmingly called for an end to the import of hunting trophies, so we are urging the government to come forward and implement this legislation as quickly as possible.

Biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate. The population of African savanna elephants has declined by more than half in the past 50 years, while the number of African lions has fallen to just 20,000 in the wild in the past 20 years. .

Trophy hunting can add to the range of threats species face and negatively impact animal populations or entire ecosystems. Banning the import of trophies from these endangered and threatened animals – without any exemptions – will help reduce the threats many of these species already face.

The UK government is at the forefront of international efforts to protect endangered animals and plants and, following a recent £ 7.2million boost, is investing £ 46million between 2014 and 2021 through its IWTCF to directly tackle the illegal wildlife trade for the benefit of nature, people, the economy and protect global security.

The government’s world-class ivory law will also come into effect next year and further support conservation measures by introducing a near-total ban on the import, export and trade of items containing of elephant ivory in the UK, regardless of age.

Along with today’s announcement, the measures are part of the government’s broader plan to reverse biodiversity loss and strengthen our position as a global champion for conservation and animal welfare, as outlined in our animal welfare action plan. The measures will be included in future legislation aimed at raising standards for the welfare and protection of animals abroad. More details on this will be available soon.

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