Consultation on controls on the import and export of hunting trophies

IWB’s submission: Update: IWB’s submission: IWB – Consultation Response and Call for Evidence, Updated 12 December 2019

The United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has opened the “Consultation on controls on the import and export of hunting trophies” (opened 2 November 2019, closing on 25 January 2020).

The consultation is in two parts – both open to on-line completion, plus submission before the deadline via postal mail, or e-mail:

in writing to: Trophy Hunting team, Seacole building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF;

or by emailing


Part One –  “Consultation on controls on the import and export of hunting trophies

Download Guidance (PDF): Hunting Trophy Consultation Document

On-line Submission: Consultation

Four options are included in this consultation for consideration. They are:

a. Option one: A ban on the import and export of hunting trophies from certain species;

b. Option two: Stricter requirements for clear benefits to conservation and local communities to be demonstrated before hunting trophies from certain species are permitted to enter or leave the UK;

c. Option three: A ban on all hunting trophies entering or leaving the UK;

d. Option four: Do nothing – continue to apply current controls based on internationally agreed rules.

The options do not need to be considered as exclusive. Options may be combined, for example hunting trophies from a limited number of species may be prohibited entirely, with strict import requirements being adopted for others. We would be interested in hearing your views on these options, including suggestions for modification or refinement.”


Part Two – “Call for evidence on the scale and impacts of the import and export of hunting trophies

Download Guidance (PDF): Hunting Trophy Evidence Document

On-line submission: Call for Evidence

It is important for individuals to at the very least express their views to Part 1, as no doubt this consultation will be subject to intense lobbying from all sides of the trophy hunting debate.


Further Reading

Sky News, 25 February

TROPHY HUNTING,” The Times Letters, 24 February 2020

Sir, Trophy hunting is often framed as a conservation issue. It certainly has strong ramifications for conservation, with studies showing that trophy hunting has had devastating impacts on many species’ populations and led to the extinction of some. “Artificial selection” — hunters singling out and killing the biggest animals — weakens the gene pool and leaves species less able to adapt to and survive threats such as climate change. Research has also shown that populations have made remarkable recoveries where trophy hunting has been suspended.

Trophy hunting is also presented as a socio-economic issue. Rightly so, as a recent study by a leading South African foundation showed that switching from trophy hunting to nature tourism could create more than 11 times as many jobs in that country alone.

However, trophy hunting is above all a question of ethics. In a 2020 YouGov poll commissioned by Humane Society International/UK and the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, when asked to what species a UK ban on trophy imports and exports should apply, 76 per cent of respondents said “all species”. Only 14 per cent responded that it should apply just to threatened or endangered species, and a mere 2 per cent said that the government should not bring in any restrictions.

Fundamentally, trophy hunting lacks respect — for wild animals, for the communities that live alongside them and for the organisations and scientists who dedicate themselves to their conservation. A complete ban is the only way for the UK to take a stand against this archaic practice, in line with public expectations.

Lisa Cameron (SNP), Stephen Farry (Alliance), Sir Roger Gale (Con), Claire Hanna (SDLP), Wera Hobhouse (Lib Dems), Caroline Lucas (Green), Luke Pollard (Lab), Liz Savile-Roberts (Plaid Cymru), Gavin Robinson (DUP)

Humane Society International and the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Link to follow – “Elephant auction haunts Masisi – Botswana Guardian, 21 February 2020


Link to follow – “Elephant auction haunts Masisi – Botswana Guardian, 21 February 2020

A discussion of trophy hunting on BBC Breakfast, with Eduardo Goncalves. Neil Fitt of the Kalahari Wildlife Society accidentally admits we don’t need trophy hunting as communities chose to make money from eco-tourism instead before the ban on trophy hunting [in Botswana] and are doing well” – 20 February 2020, Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting


Conservationist explains why UK should reject the industry capitalising on the death of the last of our natural heritage,” Dr Ross Harvey interview, The Canary, 18 February 2020 

Ranulph Fiennes labels trophy hunters ‘bullying bastards’ and calls for UK import ban,” The Guardian, 17 February 2020 – Sir Ranulph Fiennes  – “the world’s greatest living explorer

7 ways trophy hunting hurts conservation,” Jared Kukura, Wild Things Initiative, 16 February 2020

Botswana: Raffled Elephant Hunts Backfire on Community – Conservationists,” All Africa, 14 February 2020

Safari Club will probe sale of captive-bred lion hunts,” AP, 14 February 2020

Inside The Global Conservation Organization Infiltrated By Trophy Hunters,” Roberto Jurkschat, BuzzFeed, 13 February 2020

Joanna Lumley backs new law against ‘cowardly and cruel’ trophy hunting,” Mirror, 7 February 2020

Trophy hunting opponents ‘unsophisticated’, says shooting group,” Jamie Mann, The Ferret, 6 February 2020:

The categorization of Option 4 as “do nothing” is concerning as it implies – to the unsophisticated members of the public who are being persuaded by anti-hunting groups to respond to the consultation – that nothing is being done…..” – “BASC’s response to Trophy Hunting Consultation,” The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BACS), 22 January 2020

Trophy Hunting Is Not Needed To Improve Attitudes Towards Lions,” Jared Kukura, Wild Things Initiative, 5 February 2020

Saving Africa’s lions will rely on evidence around trophy hunting, not emotion,” Amy Dickman and Catherine E. Semcer, The Hill, 5 February 2020:

“More than two decades of limited trophy hunting has allowed hunting operator Mark Haldane to fund habitat conservation and anti-poaching efforts that have nursed Coutada 11 back to health after Mozambique’s protracted war” – does one ‘success’ (sic) story excuse all the negative impacts (proven by science, not “emotion“) of the poorly-regulated trophy hunting industry? No, it does not……

The Trophy Hunting Industry’s Ecological Time Bomb,” Jared Kukura, Wild Things Initiative, 3 February 2020

Lifting Botswana’s hunting ban endangers its status as a global conservation leader,” Dereck Joubert, Daily Maverick, 30 January 2020

UK must ban trophy hunting imports,” Dr Ross Harvey, Conservation Action Trust, 27 January 2020

Hunting of polar bears must be banned if species has any chance of survival, expert warns,” Mirror, 27 January 2020

KILLING FOR KICKS Sick trophy hunters ‘are driving polar bears to extinction’ as less that 25,000 remain in the wild,” The Sun, 25 January 2020

Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting | House of Commons Reception (Jan 2020),” The War On Wildlife Project, 24 January 2020

Ban trophy hunting,” Ecologist, 22 January 2020

From today’s “Trophy Hunting: The Case for a UK Import/Export Ban,” gathering at the Houses of Parliament…..speeches from Tracey Crouch MP, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, Elizabeth Fiennes, Rt Hon Zac Goldsmith (Minister of State DEFRA), Eduardo Goncalves (Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting), Dr Ross Harvey (Economist, EMS Foundation), Stanley Johnson, Ole Liodden (photographer (Wild Photo Travel) and author ‘Polar Bears & Humans’ – Wild Photo – “Polar Bear Trophy Hunting), Luke Pollard MP (Shadow Environment Secretary)…..Vicki Michelle MBE, Jan Leeming and Peter Egan in attendance…

Rt Hon Zac Goldsmith (Minister of State DEFRA)

Foreign trophy hunters preying on rare UK wildlife, campaigners warn,” The Telegraph (paywall), 21 January 2020

Trophy hunting fuels ‘colonial race and slave injustice’, MPs warned as they consider imports ban,” The Independent, 20 January 2020

‘Bloodthirsty sport of trophy hunting must be stamped out now – before it’s too late’,” Mirror, 19 January 2020

Boris Johnson accused of hypocrisy over trophy hunting ban,” The Times (pay wall), 11 January 2020

Trophy Hunting” letter to The Times (pay wall), 11 January 2020

Can Africa’s last lions be saved from human greed? Trophy hunting threatens to silence the prides,” Cyril Christo, The Hill, 10 January 2020

Ban on trophy hunting imports – Early Day Motion #50,” UK Parliament, 9 January 2020

The Myth Of Well-Regulated Trophy Hunting,” Jared Kukura, Wild Things Initiative, 15 December 2019

Brit trophy hunting firm sells ‘magical’ trips to kill reindeer before Christmas,” The Mirror, 15 December 2019 – (Hendry, Ramsay & Waters – “Scotland’s Premier Sporting Agency)

No place for trophy hunting in the sixth extinction,” Ross Harvey, Daily Maverick (Conservation Action Trust), 3 December 2019


The elephant (head) in the room: A critical look at trophy hunting,” Conservation Action Trust, 25 April 2018




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