Trophy Hunting EDM #1829
Thank you to everyone who has contacted me about trophy hunting.
I believe the importation of hunting trophies is wrong and requires firmer action.
The UK must tackle the illegal wildlife trade and work to end trophy hunting. Killing endangered wildlife is pushing them further towards extinction. We must protect these wild animals by supporting communities, reducing conflict and stopping poaching.
Labour consulted on an Animal Welfare Plan between February and May last year. It included a proposal to end the importation of wild animal trophies from species that are classified as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and to expand this ban to species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
The international rules for the import and export of hunting trophies are established under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
The Government said there are examples of adverse effects from big game hunting caused by poor or inappropriate management. However, Ministers’ believe trophy and big game hunting can be an effective conservation tool.
The Government must listen to the concerns raised by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, and those of other organisations such as Born Free and the League Against Cruel Sports, as urgent action is needed to ensure the conservation of species around the world.
I have added my support to Early Day Motion #1829: Trophy Hunting:
That this House notes with concern that hundreds of hunting trophies have been imported into the UK in recent years, including from species threatened with extinction such as elephants, lions, hippopotamuses, leopards and rhinoceroses; further notes that trophy hunting is having a negative effect on wildlife through the loss of significant numbers of healthy individuals that are key to the survival of rapidly declining populations, that unsustainable rates of trophy hunting have caused some populations of Africa’s big cats to decline, and that hunting and poaching of elephants is outpacing their rate of reproduction; considers that trophy hunting is cruel, immoral, archaic and unjustifiable, and can act as a cover for illegal poaching; further considers that a global end to trophy hunting is desirable, and that nature tourism is a humane and more effective means of conserving wildlife and supporting local communities; and calls on the Government to commit to halting imports of hunting trophies as a matter of urgency.