UK - Ban the Import and Export of Hunting Trophies Now!

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We demand an end to the import and export of hunting trophies from Britain, and urge Boris Johnson to follow through on his message of 2019 calling for an end to this barbaric practice.

The Government is currently running a consultation on the import and export of hunting trophies. This petition is to express support for Option 3 in the consultation, which would mean a ban on all hunting trophies entering or leaving the UK.

Killing animals for ‘trophies’ is cruel, unnecessary, and indefensible for the following reasons:

Studies show that many species targeted by trophy hunters are social, emotional, intelligent beings. Killing them for ‘sport’ goes against basic civilised values. So-called ‘canned hunting’ – breeding animals in captivity and then shooting them in enclosures – is the height of immorality.

Saying that trophy hunting of endangered species is beneficial to conservation, but that illegal poaching of the same species is harmful, makes no sense. Adding needless persecution to the growing threats faced by wildlife from habitat loss and climate change is even more senseless.

The laws on hunting and conservation are untenable. Locals can be punished for killing a wild animal simply to survive, but wealthy foreigners are able to pay for the privilege to shoot the same animal for ‘sport’ and ‘selfies’.

Britain has given taxpayer-funded aid to projects that support a ‘sport’ for the elite which entrenches social inequalities, as well as normalises killing of wildlife for pleasure. This must end.

We are now seeing potentially disastrous ‘artificial selection’ in many species. The size of elephant tusks and other animals’ horns is getting smaller. Killing large males reduces genetic diversity, making it less likely those species can adapt to global warming.

Governments everywhere should adopt the precautionary principle of conservation. The burden of proof must be shifted to the proponents of trophy hunting.

Policy-makers, scientists, businesses and conservation groups should work together to support sustainable economic development that creates prosperity for local communities through preserving natural heritage.

Trophy hunting has no place in the modern world. By banning hunting trophy imports and exports, Britain can help begin to close this chapter in our history.

We urge the Government to implement Option 3 as quickly as possible, and to work with other Governments to help end all trophy hunting. Sign this petition if you agree.