BASC’s position is supportive of the sustainable harvest of wildlife in the UK and overseas.
The import and export of hunting trophies arising from such harvesting should be supported where they are clearly proven to be from a sustainable source.
The inquiry will review a proposal contained in the government’s action plan on animal welfare “to ban the import of hunting trophies from endangered animals abroad, by bringing forward legislation to ensure UK imports and exports of hunting trophies are not threatening the conservation status of species abroad.”
The inquiry is an opportunity to expose the paradoxes in this proposal. Overseas hunting and the import of trophies from such activities is driving species and habitat recovery. Ill-conceived bans will do the opposite. During the inquiry the EFRA committee members need to hear evidence of all the success stories worldwide.
There are already controls in place on hunting trophy imports and exports based on internationally agreed rules based on very well thought out principles agreed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and implemented through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
It is imperative that the truth prevails during this inquiry. Only then will we finally put to bed the lies and misinformation being spread online by animal rights extremists.