Last year, the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by a US trophy hunter drew the world’s attention to the reality of trophy hunting. Cecil’s 40 hours of agony was just one example of the suffering that many animals, including animals that are threatened species, have to endure to satisfy the whims of a few trophy hunters who want to add new trophies to their collections. Sadly, trophy hunting is still legal in many countries.
It is time to stop all this killing, and the best way to do this is to prevent the trophies that the hunters are so keen to acquire from entering the country where these hunters live. A ban on imports of hunting trophies could stop all this madness, so we need you to contact your MP and ask him/her to work towards such a ban in the UK. Some EU countries, such as the Netherlands, have already implemented this type of ban, and we should not be left behind.
Although currently there is not much trade of trophy-hunted threatened species in the UK compared with other countries, it could be argued that the concept of trophy hunting as we know it today was invented by the British Empire during Victorian times.
We started this, so we should lead the world in stopping it. Don’t let this continue! Say “NO!” to trophy hunting. Contact your MP asking him/her to work towards a ban on the importation of hunting trophies into the UK.
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