Cecil's Law - To stop the import of wildlife trophies into the UK
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After the latest slaughter of Cecil's son Xanda we call on PM Theresa May and the government to introduce legislation that would make animal heads, skins, claws and teeth contraband.
We are outraged by the pointless vanity slaughter of yet another magnificent lion , and find it despicable that Britain has allowed the importation of lion trophies with the correct paperwork. Official figures show that between 2010 and 2013 three skins, seven skulls and sixteen “trophies” arrived in the UK.
Animals everywhere are currently being abused all around the world, and, tragic as Cecil’s the lions death was two years ago, it has opened the eyes of the world to this despicable practice. Britain needs Cecil’s Law which bans the import of animal trophies from any country, and we should stop trophy hunting in this country, too.
We were impressed that some airlines actually took it upon themselves to lead the way, by banning the transport of these trophies. All respects to them. Now we need to see our Prime Minister show leadership, by banning trophy imports. It could be done very quickly if the will is there. We believe that the British public would enthusiastically welcome such a law.
Together, we can deliver Cecil’s Law for the UK, and set an example to the world. Over 1000 lions are bred and slaughtered as trophies every year in South Africa alone, with black-maned males - such as Cecil - being the most highly prized.
Canned hunting is an industry that hides behind several deceptive fronts. Young lions, often inbred, are raised with human interaction, used for ‘cub petting’, walking and tourist “selfies” in their early days. They are fed and trained to interact with humans until fully grown when they become available for the trophy hunters. The lions, now used to routine feeding and human presence, present no challenge to the hunter who shoots them within the enclosure. They even drug the lions to make the killing easier. The ‘hunters’ only want the head and maybe the skin as trophies.
The remains of the lion, including bones, paws and claws, penis and internal body parts are then sent to the far east to be used in traditional Asian medicine such as “Lion Brew” - an alleged virility-enhancing drink containing ground lion bone.
THIS VILE INDUSTRY MUST BE STOPPED.
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