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Victory as ministers advance ban on cruel trophy hunting souvenirs

The move marks a victory in the Sunday Mirror’s campaign to ban the ailing trade in lion and elephant body parts

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Ministers are pushing ahead with long-awaited plans to ban imports of gruesome trophy-hunting souvenirs.

The move marks a victory in the Sunday Mirror’s campaign to ban the ailing trade in lion and elephant body parts.

The Tories had promised the law in their 2019 manifesto, but it did not appear in the Queen’s speech last month.

Activists feared a backstairs campaign by Tory Hunt supporters had wiped them off the agenda.

But ministers are now backing a Private Members’ Bill by Conservative MP Henry Smith.

He said: “Trophy hunting is barbaric and something the British public rightly finds repulsive. This bill, supported by the government and opposition MPs alike, will put an end to these appalling activities.”






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Crawley MP’s Hunting Trophy (Import Ban) Act bans people from bringing body parts of endangered and endangered animals, including rhino, cheetah and reindeer, into the UK.

Attempts by MPs to legislate usually fall by the wayside.

But this week Environment Secretary George Eustice and campaigners will mark the introduction of the law with a series
of events in the commons.

They coincide with the seventh anniversary of Cecil the Lion’s death. He was killed by a US dentist while trophy-hunting in Zimbabwe.

Mr Smith added: “To get the approval of the Environment Secretary along with other ministers in the Government is fantastic and a real boost to finally banning this appalling practice.”

Eduardo Goncalves, Founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting added: “This is really a big step forward for the campaign. We are on the verge of a historic victory for the animals.”

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
said: “The Government is committed to one of the toughest bans in the world on imports of hunting trophies and welcomes the Henry Smith-led legislation that will bring about this.”

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