Call on EU to Clamp Down on Trophy Hunting

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International Wildlife Bond (IWB) has joined other wildlife advocacy organisations (co-ordinated by the Born Free Foundation) calling on the European Union (EU) to adhere to the EU’s Wildlife Trade Regulations (WTR).

Joint Letter “Wildlife Trophy Imports into EU Countries,” March 2016

“……..we urge all Member States to suspend issuance of all import permits for hunting trophies derived from species listed in the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations at least until a full review of the regime for determining whether import permits should be issued has taken place….”

This follows a Written Declaration on Trophy Hunting’ (18 January 2016) by a leading group of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) calling on the European Council and Commission to also ensure adherence to the EU’s WTR:

“Ensure that species listed within the EU’s Wildlife Trade Regulations (WTR) under Annex B are not hunted “detrimental to populations of any of the species.” Furthermore, for any species listed under the EU’s WTR Annex A, it must be shown that the hunting of the given Annex A species “benefited the conservation of Annex A species.” – The declaration concludes that these criteria are “rarely adequately determined.”

According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) trade database, in the decade to 2013 EU Member States declared imports of more than 117,000 trophy items derived from at least 87 different animal genera listed on the CITES appendices. These included more than 14,500 items derived from African elephants. Other commonly targeted species included hippopotamus (14,205), American black bear (12,077), leopard (4,016) and African lion (3,308).

While hunting trophy imports were declared by all EU Member States, the heaviest importing country was Spain (21,798), followed by Germany (19,079), France (12,333) and Italy (11,499).

To be clear, all that is being asked is that the EU’s decisions (based on the EU’s Scientific Review Group (SRG)) should be based on ‘science’ and sustainability, in accordance with the EU’s own WTR. This has not been entirely evident to date, but is crucial going forward to ensure no animal’s life is taken and the hunter’s all important ‘trophy’ imported without due consideration to proven, sustainable ‘conservation’ of the target species.

Happy “World Wildlife Day”

 

On this World Wildlife Day, I call on all citizens, businesses and governments to play their part in protecting the world’s wild animals and plants.  The actions taken by each of us will determine the fate of the world’s wildlife.  The future of wildlife is in our hands!”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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6 thoughts on “Call on EU to Clamp Down on Trophy Hunting

  1. I FULLY support ANY & ALL efforts to stop trophy hunting, & or poaching. It is a despicable act upon nature, & in my opinion, an UNFORGIVABLE sin in the sight of God. I am in no way a holy roller or anyone like that, I’m in fact far from it, but these “so called” trophy hunters MUST be stopped by ANY means. How are we going to be able to enjoy the beauty & majesty of African wildlife, or American wildlife, or ANY wildlife for that matter, if the indiscriminate killing is allowed to continue?

    They have to be made to understand that when a species goes extinct, that is it, it is gone forever. Deep pocket hunters should be SEVERELY punished, I feel, by both HEAVY, financial altering fines, & the confiscation of all guns, bows, & arrows to insure that the offense is NEVER repeated again. ALL trophy hunting conventions, commercials, & clubs must be shuttered & demolished. Just because someone is a millionaire, and can afford a $50k price tag for a species of animal, to kill it for “personal collection”, DOES NOT mean that they should.

    Have we not seen how illegal kills, & poaching affects the general population? And I speak of Cecil, that majestic king that was hunted, & baited to come OUTSIDE the protected park, so he could be shot, & then tracked for several hours, until he was slaughtered, and skinned by the Dentist Walter Palmer of Mn. Him & his guide used smaller animals killed to lure him out of the confines of the park, shoot him ILLEGALLY, then remove his tracking collar, & continue to drop it & move it to different areas to make it appear as if Cecil was still alive. That itself should sicken even the hardest of hearts.

    And the fact that after ALL of this was found out against Walter Palmer & his guide, the fact that the leadership of Zimbabwe declined to force his extradition from the U.S., & PROSECUTE these scum, screams volumes. So, let us not forget that it will be a sad sad day when all of the wildlife is gone, & will never come back. What are the trophy hunters going to hunt then, people? It’s a legitimate question……

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    • Woodcutter52 –

      That’s the spirit!

      Hopefully, the legal means (outside of the range countries) to reduce the ‘desirability’ of Trophy Hunting is having/can have a profound effect.

      The fact that there is any downturn in the ‘appetite’ for Trophy Hunting with recent restrictions on trophy imports (USA and EU), says the hunters’ motivation is the trophy, not the so-called hunters’ ‘conservation.’ If the hunter truly believes what they are doing is ‘conservation’ that let them (try to) prove it on a case-by-case basis, with independent, verifiable ‘science,’ not the deluded rhetoric and bullying we are so used to seeing and hearing.

      Regardless, the hunting concessions (habitat, where excessive hunting quotas are evident, so not conservation) are under increasing economic pressure (human population growth, agricultural needs etc.). So there has to be another way found to protect habitat for wildlife, but also to ensure species’ protection free from the hunters’ ‘conservation,’ which often entails an unscientific onslaught and excessive killing, declining endangered species numbers. The problem is the economics in the range countries, where governments often view wildlife killing (by paying ‘hunters’ and the export for profit of animal body parts to Asia) as an income stream, nothing else.

      Keep up the advocacy, for the love of lions, Cecil (may he RIP) and all such threatened species!

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  2. The only “trophy” I’d care to have, would be like “mission impossible” (so why bother hunt?)
    My idea is a “smokin-hot”, intelligent, loyal and loving lady who is not ruined by narcissism…they’re either rare, “taken”, or extinct.
    Guess I’ll stay as a “hermit”…

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