Boris Johnson - Ban the Import and Export of Hunting Trophies Now!

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1.    In September 2019, the Prime Minister tweeted a picture of Walter Palmer, the hunter who killed Cecil, along with the message: ”We must end this barbaric practice”.

2.    In October, 2019 the government promised in the Queen's speech to ban trophy imports of endangered species.

3.    The pledge was included in its election manifesto in December.

4.    In February 2020, Boris Johnson assured MPs at Prime Ministers Questions that he would go ahead with the ban.

5.    On July 7, the Daily Telegraph published a front page story entitled “PM to push ahead with trophy hunting ban”. It reported that “a source close to the Prime Minister said last night: ‘It cannot be right that endangered and defenceless animals should be shot for pleasure and their mortal remains stuffed on the mantelpieces of this country’.”

Boris - We could not agree with you more!

HOWEVER - Defra’s public consultation on trophy hunting ended on 25th February 2020..

MPs of various parties - as well as journalists - have been repeatedly pressing Defra to say WHEN they will be announcing the ban.

So far, NOTHING…

This is an issue of HUGE importance to British voters:

·  A Survation poll of 2000 people in September 2019 found that 86% of voters want trophy hunting universally banned.

·  A YouGov poll in January 2021 showed just 3% of voters in Britain Do NOT want a trophy hunting import ban.

Moreover, evidence presented by experts to Defra shows:

a.    the DEVASTATING impacts of Trophy Hunting on threatened species, and

b.    that the claims by the industry that trophy hunting supports conservation and communities are BASELESS.

SO - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

It’s time to #BanTrophyHunting – please #GetTheBanDone NOW.

 

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.