Teresa met last week with Bill Oddie to discuss the shocking new figures that show that nearly 400 hunting trophies from endangered animals have been imported into Britain in recent years. This includes almost 1 ton of elephant tusks. Teresa is now calling on the government to ban the import of hunting trophies.
“Trophy hunting is an absolute disgrace. This supposed sport has an adverse effect on the conservation status of some of the world’s most endangered species. I am among the many animal lovers across the country who consider trophy hunting to be a cruel, archaic and immoral act. Countries such as Australia, France and the Netherlands have introduced import bans. We hope the U.K. government follows suit. A ban on trophy imports is an important step to bringing trophy hunting to an end.”
Conservationist and broadcaster Bill Oddie has backed the MP’s move, saying that trophy hunting was putting pressure on vulnerable wildlife:
“Elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and rhinos are all fighting for their lives. We could see
all of them go extinct within a generation. When you’ve got a scattered, dwindling population, the loss of a handful of animals doesn’t just cause a ripple effect – it can be like a tsunami wave. “Trophy hunting has always been senseless cruelty. Letting people kill them because they think it’s entertaining is just insane, especially when you’re talking about wildlife with such a vulnerable status”.
Eduardo Goncalves from the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting also praised Teresa Pearce MP’s stand:
“British trophy hunters are targeting endangered animals. They have killed literally hundreds of elephants, hippos, leopards and lions – and then brought back their body parts for show.”
For information about trophy hunting contact Eduardo Gonçalves of the Campaign to Ban
Trophy Hunting (CBTH) at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0782 682 4384