Michael Fabricant has joined his colleague, Henry Smith MP, and other MPs and Lords in calling for a ban on trophy hunting imports.
Michael says: “With the private Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill having been blocked in the House of Lords by a few Peers determined to see it fail, I and other colleagues from several political parties in the House of Commons and Lords have asked the Prime Minister to reintroduce a similar Government Bill as a matter of urgency. This would stand a far better chance of becoming law.
“Back in 2019 in the late Queen’s Speech, she said ‘Proposals will be brought forward to promote and protect the welfare of animals, including banning imports from trophy hunting.’
“I have told Rishi Sunak that this manifesto commitment was widely welcomed and followed the contribution of our late colleague, Sir David Amess MP, in a parliamentary debate on banning trophy hunting imports only two weeks earlier. Since the 2019 General Election manifesto commitment was made, there have been many representations to the Prime Minister from figures such as Dame Jane Goodall, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and most recently, Peter Egan, Ricky Gervais and Dame Joanna Lumley.
“I hope the Government will end the importation of disgusting ‘trophies’ including lion paws and heads, elephant feet, tusks and skins without further delay. Only by doing this, will the unnecessary killing of wild animals be reduced” Michael adds.