”It goes without saying that the import of animal body parts as trophies should be banned outright by the British Government. I'm really shocked that they haven't already done it, in truth, the whole world should do it.” Dr. Brian May Founder of The Save Me Trust.

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The most extreme version of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting” The animals which are born in captivity are taken away from their mothers within hours of being born so they can be used in petting zoos. When they become of age they then spend the rest of their life in caged compounds waiting to be released in a larger compound for the so called ‘canned’ hunt. 

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I shared the outrage of many of my constituents when earlier in the summer Cecil the Lion was killed by a “trophy hunter”. I am grateful to those who contacted me then and indeed since asking me to support legislation to ban the import of hunted remains, such as skin, skulls and teeth.

As someone who is well known for caring about animal welfare it is of course a no brainer for me to support calls for legislation and if I were still on the backbenches and not in ministerial post I would probably be the one leading the process. Instead I shall just be helping behind the scenes and supporting the wider campaign for change.

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We would like to see Cecil's Law prevent the import of any trophy into the UK. It would stop hunters importing trophies back to The UK. We want to introduce legislation that would make animal heads, skins, claws and teeth effectively contraband. In the outrage that followed the illegal slaughter of Cecil, we found out that Britain has allowed the importation of lion trophies with the correct paperwork.

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After the senseless vanity killing of Cecil's son Xanda, just two years after Cecil's death we must have a new law. That law is Cecil's Law.  Cecil’s Law will stop hunters importing their gruesome trophies back to Britain. We are calling on Prime Minister Theresa May and the government to introduce legislation that would make animal heads, skins, claws and teeth contraband.

We are outraged by the illegal slaughter of Cecil and now his son Xanda, and find it despicable that Britain has allowed the importation of lion trophies with the correct paperwork. Official figures show that between 2010 and 2013 three skins, seven skulls and sixteen “trophies” arrived in the UK.

Animals everywhere are currently being abused all around the world, and, tragic as Cecil’s death was, it opened the eyes of the world to this despicable practice yet it has happened again. Now we must act. Britain needs a Cecil’s Law which bans the import of animal trophies from any country, and we should stop trophy hunting in this country, too.

 

We were impressed that some airlines actually took it upon themselves to lead the way, by banning the transport of these trophies. All respects to them. Now we need to see our Prime Minister show leadership, by banning trophy imports. It could be done very quickly if the will is there. We believe that the British public would enthusiastically welcome such a law. 

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Today, checking on the situation regarding the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion, I discovered that a rival male has killed one of Cecil’s cubs who were abandoned by Cecil’s brother, Jericho. Almost certainly the other cubs will be killed as well. This is what lions do

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Canned Hunting. Blood Lions follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. It's immoral, unethical and against the animals welfare and has no place in this century.

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"Unless this continues, lions will go extinct" On September 2nd, 2015, Melissa Simpson, (Director of Science-Based Wildlife Conservation at the Safari Club International) placed an Opinion Piece in the National Geographic Daily New entitled “African Lions Should Not be Listed as Endangered".

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