New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for a Total UK Hunting Trophy Import Ban

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Banner Image – “Sport hunting in Zimbabwe is big business, with hunters such as David Barrett paying $10,000 for the experience. Barrett, who is British, and others argue that Western hunters provide vital revenue to local communities” National Geographic

In 2019, 68 percent of Conservative voters supported a trophy hunting ban compared with 17 percent who were against. However, a 2021 poll reveals that now 89 per cent of the sample (1,020 respondents)  support a ban while just 6 per cent are against.

And 89% of those polled want a total ban, not an ‘assessment’ of threat to a species by a given trophy hunt – a system which would certainly allow exploitable loop-holes, whereby if enough blood-money is paid (to “local communities,” or elsewhere) to slay a given target animal, this can somehow be twisted and construed as a positive contribution to ‘conservation’ despite a lack of corroborative independent, scientific evidence.



Vast majority of tory voters support a total ban on ‘barbaric’ trophy hunting imports,” Helena Horton, The Sunday Telegraph, 25 April 2021

Trophy Hunting and Conservative voters – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Trophy Hunting and Public Opinion – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting


Further Reading

All- Party Parliamentary Group on Banning Trophy Hunting

“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.”



Ban on trophy hunting imports,” Early Day Motion (EDM) 86, 20 May 2021

Anger as hunters may escape new animal trophy ban,” The Times (paywall), 8 May 2021

Trophy Hunting Plea,” The Times (paywall), Letters, 8 May 2021

Informing the Debate on Trophy Hunting,” IWB, 17 July 2020

Consultation on Controls on the Import and Export of Hunting Trophies,” IWB

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