The government has announced a new law that means British game hunters won’t be able to bring back ‘trophies’ back home to the UK.
The new law means that people who kill endangered animals abroad for fun won’t be able to bring back the body parts of over 7,000 species.
“We will be leading the way in protecting endangered animals and helping to strengthen and support long-term conservation,” said said the environment secretary, George Eustice.
Eduardo Gonçalves is head of the campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting. He said: “The bill, as far as we’ve seen, looks to be in pretty good shape, but it has been two years since it was originally announced in the Queen’s speech, and many animals have been cruelly and needlessly killed in that time. So it is really imperative for the government to bring the bill to parliament as quickly as possible.”
“Delay costs lives: every week that goes by without this ban means more animals, including endangered species, are being shot by British hunters, and their trophies brought back to the country. Some of these species are careering towards extinction, and certainly the British public are very strongly opposed to trophy hunting.”