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Romford MP calls for ban on imports of hunting trophies

British hunters are still killing polar bears (Credit: Alan Wilson)

The MP for Romford is urging the government to ban imports of hunting trophies. 

New figures show British trophy hunters shot some of the world’s most threatened animals, such as elephants and lions, in 2020. 

They kill around 200 endangered animals a year, including polar bears, rhinos and wolves. 

The government has released details of a proposed bill to ban trophies but has not said when it will come to parliament. 

Andrew Rosindell MP has called on the government to bring the bill forward as quickly as possible. 

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell wants imports of hunting trophies to be banned

“It’s time to bring this barbaric trade to an end,” said Mr Rosindell. “A ban on trophy imports is backed by 85% of voters. 

“The longer the government delays, the more animals are killed for so-called sport, selfies and sick souvenirs.” 

Downton Abbey star Peter Egan has backed the campaign, describing the situation has “utter insanity”. 

“We’ve just had the COP summit in Glasgow where politicians discussed how to save wildlife such as polar bears that could go extinct from climate change,” said Peter. 

“Yet trophy hunters are still allowed to shoot polar bears and bring their bodies back to Britain.”

Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, added: “It has been two years since the ban was promised in the 2019 Queen’s Speech.

“Another 300 animals at risk of extinction have been killed by British trophy hunters since then. The Government should be moving as swiftly as possible to stop this terrible trade.”

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