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The written declaration N°3/2016 on trophy hunting by the MEPs Neena Gill (S&D, UK), Catherine Bearder (ALDE, UK), Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI), Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D, BE), Eva Kaili(S&D, GR), Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL, DE), Miriam Dalli (S&D, MT), Seb Dance (S&D, UK), Jonás Fernández (S&D, UK), Victor Negrescu (S&D, RO), Bart Staes (Greens/EFA, BE) has been closed for signatures on Monday 18 April.

134 MEPs have supported this declaration which was initiated and actively promoted by Animal Welfare Intergroup Member, Neena Gill.

The declaration states that trophy hunting contributes considerably to the loss of animal species and seldom benefits local communities.

The EU is a major source of trophy hunters, and a frequent destination for trophies. Between 2004 and 2013, over 27 000 trophies originating from Africa and America were imported into Europe.

The current rules are insufficient and inadequately applied. For permits to be issued, the authorities have to determine that the hunt was not detrimental to populations of any of the species listed in Annex B to the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, and that it benefited the conservation of Annex A species. This is rarely adequately determined.

The declaration calls therefore on the Council and the Commission to examine the possibility of restricting all trophy imports, to ensure proper implementation of the rules by Member States, and to persuade countries that are issuing permits to trophy hunters without due consideration for the impacts of trophy hunting on conservation and animal welfare to discontinue this practice.

The Animal Welfare Intergroup thanks all MEPs who have supported this initiative and we trust that the declaration will not go unheeded.

 

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