STOP Trophy Imports

The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Stop

Britain is one of the worst countries in the world for trophy hunting.

In recent years, British trophy hunters have brought back HUNDREDS of trophies of elephants, leopards, hippos, zebras, monkeys, cheetahs… and lions who have been bred in captivity - just to be shot for fun.

Our government has even allowed British hunters to bring back trophies of animals classed by wildlife authorities as critically endangered – and in some cases as extinct in the wild.

Trophy hunting is cruel, immoral and has no place in a civilised society. It is adding to the huge threats facing so many of the world’s endangered species.

Our government should BAN the import of hunting trophies NOW.

The government should also call on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to stop letting trophy hunters kill endangered wildlife for fun.

CITES prohibits trade in body parts of endangered animals… but says the law doesn’t apply to trophy hunters.

This is a disgrace. The government MUST call on CITES to protect ALL endangered wildlife EQUALLY.

This includes giraffes, who currently get NO protection from trophy hunters, and whose numbers are dwindling as hunters kill these gentle giants for their skin and bones which are turned into furniture and fashion accessories.

The hunting of lions in captivity is a booming industry in South Africa that shames all of humanity.

Lions are bred in enclosures for the sole purposes of being shot for a cheap, unblemished trophy. These tame animals are also killed for their bones which are sold off to Asian traders, many of whom are linked to illegal wildlife trafficking.

The government should call on South Africa to STOP this disgraceful practice right now, and warn South Africa that it could face SERIOUS economic consequences if it fails to do so

To: The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
From: [Your Name]

Dear Theresa Villiers

Trophy hunting is something that should have been consigned to the history books long ago.

Yet British hunters have been allowed by this government to bring home hundreds of trophies of wild animals – many of them of endangered.

We call ourselves a nation of animal lovers. We have sought to lead the way on animal welfare. We have pushed other countries to adopt wildlife conservation measures.

But our complicity in this disgraceful ‘sport’ – in which innocent, live animals are killed just for ‘entertainment’ – is a blot on the conscience of this nation.

It undermines our credibility globally. And it threatens to destroy your own green credentials.

You can do something about it. Today.

It is time for Britain to follow the lead of countries such as Australia, France and Holland in banning hunting trophies from our shores.

But let’s go even further – and reclaim the mantle of global leader on matters of animal welfare and conservation.

At the moment, it is forbidden to kill animals such as elephants or rhinos if you want to make money from their ivory and horns. However trophy hunters are allowed to kill the very same animals!

It is time to reform international law. CITES needs to be brought up to date – so that all endangered wildlife is protected, irrespective if it’s from a poacher or a trophy hunter.

It is time to put pressure on South Africa to abandon the shocking practice of breeding lions in cages just so they can be shot for amusement.

And it is surely time to ABOLISH ALL TROPHY HUNTING.

Killing off animals just for kicks must surely be the darkest chapter in human history.

We live in divided times, but this is something virtually everyone is agreed on – here, and around the world.

Please make helping put an end to this abomination your priority.