Urge Boris Johnson to Ban All Imports of Hunting Trophies

All animals are loved by their mates and offspring, and those targeted by hunters are often vital to their family’s survival. But to hunters, they’re only the sum of their body parts, seen simply as living targets to kill, decapitate, and display on a wall. 

The UK can deter hunters from killing animals abroad by banning imports of hunting trophies, thereby preventing people from bringing their sick souvenirs home.

What Is the Government’s Action Plan?

In its Action Plan for Animal Welfare, the government has stated that it will ban the import of hunting trophies from endangered animals – but what about animals that aren’t yet threatened with extinction? 

This policy focuses on the conservation of endangered animals but not animal welfare. It leaves a loophole for those who would kill animals not threatened with extinction – often in painful and prolonged ways – to bring their body parts back to the UK as sick souvenirs. If the government truly cares about animal welfare, it must ban all hunting trophies to discourage hunters from killing any animals for fun. 

Brits Don’t Support This Cruel Activity

Polls show that eight out of 10 British people want to see an end to this horrific activity, because they know that animals shot by trophy hunters often endure a slow, agonising death – simply so that hunters can chop off their heads and other body parts and send them back home as trophies. By continuing to allow hunters to ship these macabre items to the UK, the government is supporting the slaughter of magnificent species who aren’t yet facing extinction.

Demand a Full Ban on Hunting Trophies

You can help wild animals by demanding that the prime minister introduce a comprehensive ban without delay. In December 2019, ahead of the general election, Boris Johnson vowed to end imports of animal heads and carcasses into the UK, a promise he reiterated in the House of Commons in February 2020. Yet, this proposed law falls short.

Please sign the petition below to urge him to listen to the will of the people and make good on his promise to ban imports of all hunting trophies into the UK.


Dear Prime Minister:

I was outraged to learn that the UK government may still allow trophy hunters to ship the body parts of animals not yet facing extinction to the UK under the new Animals Abroad Bill. Allowing this condones the senseless killing of defenceless animals in a manner that often causes a prolonged and painful death. Please do the right thing and ban all imports of hunting trophies immediately.  

All animals are loved by their mates and offspring, but to hunters, they’re merely targets to kill, decapitate, and hang on a wall as decoration. Wild animals just want to be left in peace, but trophy hunters – lacking empathy, compassion, and respect for these living, feeling beings – get a sick thrill out of taking their lives. They’re willing to pay thousands of pounds to travel the world just to kill. Their victims are often trapped in a fenced compound or private game reserve or lured with bait from the safety of a national park into the awaiting shooter’s path. Some who facilitate this blood sport track down animals for a fee. It isn’t uncommon for them to encounter sleeping animals, who can be shot at extremely close range. 

Ahead of the last general election, you promised to ban hunting trophy imports. Please, end all such imports immediately. 


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