East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs calling on the Government to introduce a ban preventing trophy hunters bringing the remains of animals that they have shot overseas into the UK.
A parliamentary Motion and a Private Members Bill have received cross-party support from MPs including Sir Greg and are being championed by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and actors Sir Michael Palin and Dame Joanna Lumley.
Sir Greg said: “Many animals shot by British hunters, including elephants, are classed as endangered and their demise is hampering conservation efforts”.
“Hippopotamuses, zebras, leopards, and cheetah numbers are also declining because of this brutal slaughter.”
Sir Greg added: “The public overwhelming supports the introduction of such a ban and I am fully backing it. Whilst we cannot legislate to stop this barbaric activity because it takes place overseas, a ban of the importation of these so-called ‘trophies’ will seriously undermine this activity”.
The Trophy Hunting (Import Prohibition) Bill passed its first House of Commons hurdle on 25th November 2022 and now progresses to be scrutinised in Committee by MPs.