On 2nd November, DEFRA launched a consultation and a call for evidence to gather views and expert evidence on trophy hunting. The consultation closes on 25th January. Ptions under consideration are –
- A ban on the import and export of hunting trophies from certain species;
- Stricter requirements to demonstrate clear benefits to conservation and local communities before hunting trophies from certain species are permitted to enter or leave the UK;
- A ban on all hunting trophies entering or leaving the UK; and
- Continuing to apply current controls based on internationally agreed rules.
There are a number of controls already in place on the import and export of hunting trophies. The UK will not issue an import permit for a trophy unless the importer can show there has been no detrimental impact on the endangered species and the trophy has been obtained from a sustainable hunting operation.
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