This weekend the Government launched its long awaited consultation on the import and export of animal trophy hunts.
The aim of the consultation and call for evidence is to ensure that Ministers have an understanding of the public’s views when drafting further legislation to ensure strict animal welfare standards. It will last for 12 weeks, closing on the 25th January 2020.
Launching the consultation, International Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith said:
“The UK is a nation of animal lovers, and there is a great strength of feeling around the issue of trophy hunting. I’m pleased we are able to launch this consultation today to address the import and export of hunting trophies.”
Having served as an honorary Vice-Chairman of the RSPCA, a supporter of the League Against Cruel Sports and Conservatives Against Fox Hunting, local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has long been a committed support of animal welfare.
Commenting on the launch, Caroline stated:
“Trophy hunting for sport is a barbaric practice, pursuing other animals in conditions which include unnecessary stress and pain.
“I understand there are arguments for conservation hunting, however, I cannot see the justification for those who kill animals who have been bred in captivity. I fully support further action to strengthen our animal welfare standards and look forward to seeing the publics response to this consultation. I encourage all constituents to have their say.”