Trophy Hunting: An Unnecessary Evil

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The “Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill” heads for Committee Stage in the United Kingdom House of Lords on 12 September 2023.

In response to tabled amendments to the Bill, the Humane Society International (HSI) UK has prepared a formal briefing – “Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill – HL Bill 119, Briefing for House of Lords Committee Stage – commencin9 Sept. 12, 2023.”

HSI (UK) has also produced a video briefing “Trophy Hunting: An Unnecessary Evil” featuring “African conservation experts and community leaders:

People with a vested interest in trophy hunting use several arguments to defend it, including that it is a ‘necessary evil for conservation and development’. Humane Society International / UK put these arguments to African conservation experts and community leaders. This is their testimony.

We urge the UK Government, MPs and Peers to pass the Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill without amendments, doing;

  • what’s morally right to protect endangered animals,
  • what they promised to do with their 2019 election manifesto and
  • what the majority of the British public want.

Trophy Hunting is not a necessary evil for conservation and development” – HSI UK

Let’s hope the proposed pro-trophy hunting amendments are seen for what they are, potential loop-holes that can/will be used to undermine any meaningful Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill being legislated in the United Kingdom.


[Update] – “Ban imports of hunting trophies of endangered animals” – Petition, UK Government and Parliament

[Update] Petition – “Ask the government to keep its promise to ban imports of hunting trophies!” – HSI UK


Further Reading

Tories told to outline plan to ban trophy hunting imports as election looms,” The Mirror, 17 December 2023

British firm blasted for selling sick reindeer trophy hunt trips this Christmas,” The Mirror, 17 December 2023

Canada blocks import of ivory, rhino horn and trophies,” Daily Maverick, 21 November 2023

Conservative media outlets are pushing a racist trophy hunting PR campaign,” Jared Kukura, Wild Things Initiative, 15 November 2023

Roar of anger at Tory failure to ban lion paw imports,” The Times, 20 October 2023

UK Trophy-Hunting Bill Fails; Southern African Countries Relieved,” VOA, 23 September 2023

Call for ministers to make sure hunting trophy ban goes ahead,” BBC News, 21 September 2023

Resurrect bill to ban ‘selfish’ imports of hunting trophies to UK, Labour urges,” The Guardian, 21 September 2023

MP accuses peers of frustrating bill to ban hunting trophies,” BBC News, 14 September 2023


UK conservationists must stop spreading deceptive trophy hunting narratives,”  Wild Things Initiative, 12 September 2023

TROPHY HUNTING IS NEO-APARTHEID,” Adam Cruise, African Elephant Journal/Conservation Action Trust, 10 September 2023

TROPHY HUNTING IN BOTSWANA’S NG13: WE FOLLOW THE MONEY,” Simon Espley, Africa Geographic, 7 August 2023

UK Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill,” IWB, 27 February 2023




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