Sir David Amess MP at Conservative Conference, 2021 (see below)

ABOUT

Trophy hunting is described as a ‘sport’ by those who practice it. It consists of killing an animal for recreation, and then displaying its body as an expression of a hunter’s ‘prowess’. It is distinct from the control or management of wildlife populations, which should be carried out humanely by trained professionals.

The objectives of the APPG on Banning Trophy Hunting are to secure a comprehensive and properly-enforced UK ban on all trophy hunting imports, and for Britain to be a global leader in helping to end trophy hunting.

OFFICERS

Chair: Sir Roger Gale MP (Con) Co-Chair: Baroness Hayman of Ullock (Lab) Vice-Chairs: Dr Lisa Cameron MP (SNP) Lord Rennard (Lib Dem) Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru)

Kevin Brennan MP, Amy Callaghan MP, Dave Doogan MP, Margaret Ferrier MP, Baroness Gale, Andrew Gwynne MP, Pauline Latham MP, Kate Osborne MP, Christina Rees MP.

NGO affiliates

Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, Animal Aid, Animal Defenders International, Born Free Foundation, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, FOUR PAWS UK, Humane Society International-UK, Labour Animal Welfare Society, LionAid, Protecting African Lions, RSPCA, Voice4Lions, World Animal Protection

PRESS RELEASE: “Cross-party parliamentarians launch campaign for total ban on trophies”

On Trophy Hunting:

“It’s what people did in the 19th century. One would’ve thought people would’ve gotten over that. But apparently there are still people who get a kick out of killing things and taking the lives of others, which is something I find incomprehensible.

“What we’re talking about is people who go to Africa to go hunting lions and other animals with good antlers or horns, and then posing with them as though they’ve made some sort of triumph, like they’ve lorded it over the natural world. It brings a real sadness that some people think it’s clever, or victorious or strong to take the life of something else.”

Sir David Attenborough OBE

“With the decline of wildlife worldwide, and many species approaching extinction, all caused by man, how can there be justification in trophy hunting? How can any government say they are fighting poaching whilst allowing trophy hunting at the same time?

“I call upon those countries from where these promoters of extinction come from to step up and ban the import of trophies.”

Lt Gen S K I Khama, President, Republic of Botswana (2008 – 2018)

VIDEOS: What British MPs & Lords say about Trophy Hunting

Diane Abbott MP; Sir David Amess MP; Hilary Benn MP; Bob Blackman MP; Alan Campbell MP; Alistair Carmichael MP; Baroness Shami Chakrabati; Sir Ed Davey MP; Sir Roger Gale MP; Mary Glindon MP; Andrew Gwynne MP; Wera Hobhouse MP; Ben Lake MP; Caroline Lucas MP; Chris Matheson MP; Steve McCabe MP; Kerry McCarthy MP; Andy McDonald MP; Kate Osamor MP; Jonathon Reynolds MP; Tommy Sheppard MP; Andy Slaughter MP; Jeff Smith MP; Rosie Winterton MP

Sir David Amess MP

We are devastated at the tragic loss of our friend and colleague Sir David Amess MP. Sir David was one of the most prominent campaigners against trophy hunting in Parliament, and was author of the most recent parliamentary motion calling for a UK import ban (see EDM86 on this page). He was campaigning at this year’s Conservative Party conference, encouraging the government to move forward with a comprehensive trophy ban. He was a powerful advocate for animals and people alike. He will forever be in our hearts and minds. Our sincerest condolences go to his wife, children and his parliamentary team. RIP Sir David Amess MP 1952 – 2021.

CONTACT

APPG Secretariat: appgtrophyhunting@gmail.com

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Resources

“How hunters’ trophies die in agony” – The Times

The Times 1 July, 2021

UK Trophy Imports: Key Facts & Figures

What UK Voters think about Trophy Hunting

Most recent UK trophy imports

Why Trophy Hunting is Wrong – an open letter.

EDM (Early Day Motion) 490: Ban on trophy hunting imports (No. 2)

That this House express its great sadness at the tragic death of Sir David Amess MP while serving his constituents;

pays tribute to his many years of tireless service to the people of Basildon and Southend and to the many causes of which he was a powerful champion, including the welfare of animals;

recalls that Sir David was most recently campaigning for a ban on trophy hunting imports into the UK, including the tabling of EDM86 entitled Ban on trophy hunting imports;

notes that the Government first set out its plans to introduce such a ban in the Queen’s Speech of October 2019;

calls on the Government to now implement that ban as quickly as possible as a fitting tribute to Sir David;

notes the strong support for such a ban among the general public, with opinion polls showing 85 per cent of voters wish to see a total ban on all trophy hunting imports;

reiterates Sir David’s call in EDM86 for the Government to ensure that legislation covers all species whose trophies are imported into the UK; and

urges the Government to ensure that the legislation includes an effective enforcement regime with tough punitive measures for offenders including custodial sentences.