Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has joined with other MPs, campaigners and celebrities to support the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting.
Prominent figures – including comedian Bill Bailey, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and former cricketer Kevin Pietersen – attended an event in Parliament on the fourth anniversary of the killing of Cecil the Lion.
Cecil was a 13-year-old lion who was killed by American trophy hunter Walter Palmer at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The killing prompted an international furore with many politicians and celebrities criticising Palmer.
The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting is calling on the Government to take steps to bring the trade in ‘Big Game’ hunting to an end. This includes banning the import and export of hunting trophies and negotiating a comprehensive global agreement banning trophy hunting.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“We all remember Cecil the lion, but unfortunately he was just one of many animals killed by trophy hunters in the name of ‘sport’.
“Trophy hunting has no place in the 21st century and I’m proud to support the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting.
“It is essential that our Government does everything that it can to bring an end to this terrible practice”.