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EXPOSED: Russian oligarchs & allies of Vladimir Putin have financed British-led group campaigning against UK trophy ban

Trophy hunters are killing an animal every 3 minutes, with British trophy hunters among the worst offenders.

The American gun lobby has funded a major disinformation campaign targeting British MPs and Ministers.

REVEALED: US hunting lobbyists auctioned Polar Bear hunt to fund fight against UK ban

The American gun lobby has been fundraising for its campaign against Britain’s proposed ban on hunting trophies – by selling off holidays to shoot endangered animals including leopards and Polar Bears. Click HERE for details.

EXPOSED: How trophy hunting industry funded dirty tricks campaign to deceive MP and Ministers – The Times

EDITORIAL, The Times: “Plans to ban hunting trophies have been the target of a misinformation campaign”

Revealed: Trophy hunting lobby groups ‘sponsoring scientists’ who claim sport hunting is ‘conservation’

Hunting lobby group ‘poses as conservation organisation’ to block trophy hunting bans

A hunting group that says members are conservationists has wielded excessive influence over the world’s key wildlife watchdogs, Cites and the IUCN.

Conservation Force (CF), which is run by a veteran hunter who once said “nothing else in life is more satisfying than an elephant hunt”, has argued successfully for protections for endangered species to be rolled back and has blocked measures that would curb “sport hunting”.

CF members, who are opposing moves to protect threatened giraffes, fought and won a drive against giving African lions the highest level of protection. CF’s own website highlights how it led a campaign for importation of polar bear trophies and has lobbied for the importation of cheetah trophies.

Opinion poll reveals 9/10 voters want immediate ban on hunt trophies.

Among supporters of the Conservative Party, the figure rises to 92%. Just 1% of Tory voters disagree. The poll was conducted by Survation in February 2022, and surveyed 2,050 people. The Times reported the poll here.

QUESTION: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? “The UK Government should ban trophy hunters from bringing back trophies of hunted animals as soon as possible”. Figures shown are percentages.

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, Animal Interfaith Alliance, Born Free Foundation, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, FOUR PAWS UK, Humane Society International-UK, Labour Animal Welfare Society, LionAid, Protecting African Lions, RSPCA, The UK Centre for Animal Law (A-LAW), Voice4Lions, World Animal Protection

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)

WATCH: 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

RIP Sir David Amess MP 1952-2021

Resources

NEW: “Trophy Hunting & Britain: The Case for a Ban” – report of the APPG’s inquiry, 29 June 2022

An Open Letter from 100+ public figures including: Ranulph Fiennes, Michael Parkinson, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Michael Caine, Alex Ferguson, Hugh Grant, Lennox Lewis, Gary Lineker, Jonny Wilkinson, Kate Moss, Rod Stewart, Delia Smith, Frank Bruno, Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Jane Goodall

WATCH: Why President Khama of Botswana banned all trophy hunting

WATCH: Secretary of State George Eustice MP on why Britain is banning hunting trophies

WATCH: Maasai Senior Elder Boniface Mpario on the devestating effects of trophy hunting

WATCH: Sir Roger Gale MP on the APPG’s report “Trophy Hunting & Britain: The Case for a Ban” – Times Radio

WATCH: Eduardo Goncalves of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting on British hunters

WATCH: British trophy hunting firm boss defends tiger hunting

WATCH: APPG Webinar

NEW REPORT: Shooting Up – Are Britain’s Hunting Trophy Imports & Companies Booming? (11 January 2022)

Dr Hans Bauer of Oxford University on the effects of trophy hunting on lions

Hunts Threaten Big Game Gene Pool – The Times

The Times – 11 January, 2022

Shameful Trophies: Killing Exotic Animals for Sport has No Justification and must be Halted by Law

Leading Article – The Times, 11 January, 2022

“We cannot afford any further delay to ban on trophy hunting imports” – Sir Roger Gale MP, PoliticsHome, 5 January 2022

“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.

CONTACT

APPG Secretariat: appgtrophyhunting@gmail.com

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