Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has joined the newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group on Banning Trophy Hunting. The campaign has been unveiled on the anniversary of the killing of Cecil the Lion. It comes as new figures highlight the fact that British hunters are bringing home growing numbers of hunting trophies of animals.
The Government has pledged to ban trophies of endangered species. However, animals including zebras, reindeers and striped hyenas would all fall outside of the ‘sufficiently endangered’ category, and therefore fall outside of proposed Government legislation. A recent opinion poll carried out by Survation revealed that 85% of voters want a total ban on all hunting trophies.
In 2019 – the most recent year for which full CITES (convention on international trade in Endangered Species) data is available – British hunters brought back 195 trophies of protected species, up 79% on the previous year’s figure.
They included tusks and other body parts of elephants, bears, giraffes, hippos, leopards, zebras, moneys, and ‘canned’ lions bred in captivity and hunted within fenced-in enclosures.
The group will be chaired by Sir Roger Gale MP, with Baroness Hayman of Ullock sitting as co-chair. The Campaign To Ban Trophy Hunting – led by Eduardo Goncalves – will act as secretariat to the group. Goncalves has recently written a book entitled ‘Undercover Trophy Hunter’, which exposes a number of Britain’s top hunters, and also details the extreme cruelty of the practise. Gwynne joins a cross-party group of officers who will sit on the group. The APPG has also earned the support of high-profile animal activists including the comedian Ricky Gervais.
speaking after joining the group, Andrew Gwynne said:
‘’I am very proud to be a member of this new APPG. Trophy hunting is barbaric, cruel, and has no place in our society.
It’s time that we saw robust and strict legislation which introduces a total ban on all hunting trophies. By introducing such a ban, Britain can become a global leader in helping to protect animals.
I look forward to working with other members of the APPG to secure a comprehensive and properly enforced UK ban on trophy hunting imports.’’