Jagd Säugetiere/KatzenOn Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 17.00-19.30 hrs. Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI), Vice-President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup and Catherine Bearder (ALDE, UK), both representing the recently created cross party group “MEPs for Wildlife” will host a seminar about trophy hunting on canned lions, which will cast a critical view on this business that has considerably increased over the last years and is very questionable on animal welfare and conservation grounds.

Animals are  bred in captivity, placed in a confined area, then followed and gunned down by hunters. The so called canned hunts are popular in South Africa, and other African States where animals and in particular lions are often bred for this purpose alone. Hunters come to these “canned” areas and pay large fees to hunt the animals.

The well-known South African photo-journalist Ian Michler will present extracts of his upcoming documentary on trophy hunting and will comment on his film.

Gaël de Rotalier from DG Environment, European Commission will give a presentation about EU regulation on trophy imports.

A panel discussion with representatives of Eurogroup for Animals, LionAid, the Born Free Foundation and Four Paws will highlight specific aspects of trophy hunting.

On behalf of the working group “MEPs for Wildlife”, Catherine Bearder will present the concluding remarks and propose possible follow up actions.

The EPP and the ALDE Group invite for a cocktail reception in front of the room which to conclude this event.





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