Elephant feet and polar bear skins among hunting trophies imported into Britain 

Elephant feet and polar bear skins among hunting trophies imported into Britain 

Trophy hunting imports have already been banned by France, Australia and the Netherlands. According to files held by Cites, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species which oversees the agreement governments have signed concerning the trade and movement of wild animals, 82 of the most endangered species or creatures whose future is threatened if trade not carefully controlled were imported to the UK in 2017-18.

Chris Packham, environmentalist and television presenter, said trophy hunting made him “ashamed to be a British conservationist”.

“The fact this is happening spits in the face of the nation of animal lovers that is ever more rapidly realising that there is no longer enough wildlife to waste and that thus killing wildlife for fun is a dying business.

“Conservation can and does work globally without killing for fun. Culling may be necessary but that should be scientifically informed and strictly regulated.

“I, like most others, would like an immediate ban on the importation of trophies to the UK . This sanction has had a proven and rapid impact elsewhere.”

Joanna Lumley, the actress and animal rights campaigner, said: “I am opposed to any kind of hunting, and think the people who are trophy collectors are unfathomably dreadful.”

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