Trophy hunting of canned animals has no part to play in their conservation
Eurogroup for Animals welcomed the debate held today at the European Parliament and hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP, FI) and Catherine Bearder MEP (ALDE, UK) concerning the controversial new business of trophy hunting of canned lions.
Trophy hunting has seen a rapid growth in the number of hunters prepared to pay large sums of money to kill wild animals, a situation that is wholly unacceptable and which promotes flawed arguments about how it is beneficial to conservation to justify its existence. High income versus environmental impact is not a valid position as the animals involved are often hand-reared and habituated to human contact making them unable to hunt naturally or fearful of people. This often results in them walking to their deaths when they expect to be fed by the hunters.
Commenting on this practice during the Seminar Ilaria Di Silvestre, Policy Officer – Wildlife at Eurogroup for Animals said: The film shown by Ian Michler highlights our concerns regarding trophy hunting and we want this activity stopped and we therefore call on the European Commission to adapt quickly the regulation on the Trade in Endangered Species to ban the import of lion body parts coming from trophy hunting of canned lions.”
“Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the opportunity to take part in this debate today as it shows that this issue is a major concern to many EU citizens. The Commission can no longer listen to the arguments of the trophy hunting lobby but must act to improve animal welfare and ensure the survival of such majestic animal species for all society to appreciate in their natural habitat,” she concluded.
The Commission can no longer listen to the arguments of the trophy hunting lobby but must act to improve animal welfare and ensure the survival of such majestic animal species for all society to appreciate in their natural habitat.Ilaria Di Silvestre, Wildlife Programme Leader at Eurogroup for Animals