Trophy hunting, the practice of killing animals and displaying them as trophies, is one that polarises opinions when it comes to being for and against.
With this in mind, we recently engaged with the FOUR PAWS community to shine a light on how people viewed trophy hunting. The questions included whether they thought that trophy hunting was for sport or population management, how many people knew of the existence of record books that keep a log of trophies caught and killed, and whether our community supported a ban on trophy hunting exports from the UK.
Not only did we have fantastic engagement across all of the questions (over 1,400 people got involved), we were also pleased to see that 99% of those who voted on question three support a ban on trophy hunting exports of the UK. We definitely agree with this, which is why we’re working to bring trophy hunting into focus to spark a change that really matters.
The results of our polls are:
- 98% of those who voted view trophy hunting as a sport for human enjoyment, as opposed to a population management technique.
- 59% of those who voted said that it was false that there are International record books that keep a log of the trophies caught and killed (the answer is in fact true).
Together, we can tell the Government that we want to see a complete ban on all hunting trophies entering or leaving the UK. This is because we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a change to UK legislation. Make your voice heard by responding to the Government public consultation: we’ve drafted our own response which you can use to fill in your own.
Trophy hunting is also closely associated with ‘Canned Hunting’, which is the process of breeding animals in captivity and then shooting them in enclosures. Unfortunately, this is becoming an increasingly ‘mainstream’ part of the industry. However, it doesn’t have to be like this. Together, we can stop it.
The deadline for this is 25th January 2020, so don’t miss out on your chance to make a lasting difference in the lives of wild animals worldwide.