MPs have passed a bill banning the import of hunting trophies from 6,000 endangered species including lions, elephants and rhinos.
The bill will now progress to the House of Lords where the Government will continue to support it. The list of species targeted in the bill comes from the internationally agreed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
This legislation follows on from last year’s Ivory Act which mandated a near total ban on the import, export and dealing of items containing elephant ivory in the UK. The Government will be setting out measures in due course on whether to extend that ban to other ivory-bearing species.
Commenting on this Andrew Jones MP said: “Now more than ever we need to protect endangered species and the habitats in which they live.
“I do not want our country to trade in the body parts of these animals and I hope the bill moves quickly through the Lords before receiving Royal Assent.”