Importation of trophies from Africa into EU
June 2013, Volume 11-3

European Union has prohibited the importation of hippo trophies from Mozambique, as CITES had not received required information from the country (. Meanwhile a new CITES director has been appointed in Maputo, and it is expected that the Mozambique Government will now improve its reporting. Brussels will reconsider its decision in due course. (Source : Official Journal of the European Union)

In another development the EU Directorate General E- Environment – has commissioned the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, to assess the potential impact of trophy hunting of CITES Annex B species. The report (June 2013) provides an overview of trade in species imported by the EU for hunting purposes over the ten year period 2002-2011. Trade patterns have been analysed for individual taxa to assess whether criteria on high volume (taking into consideration the global conservation status) or increases over time are met. The information includes global IUCN Red List status, short overviews of potential impacts of trophy hunting on population status and recommendations on whether further analysis may be required.

“In terms of quantity, Equus zebra hartmannae, Ursus americanus, Hippopotamus amphibius,
Loxodonta africana and Papio ursinus were the main trophy taxa imported by the EU for hunting purposes 2002-2011. Some of these species have been reviewed relatively recently, either for the SRG or as part of the Review of Significant Trade Process. Five taxa (Kobus leche, Hippopotamus amphibius Panthera leo, Equus zebra hartmannae and Loxodonta africana) qualified under the high volume of trade criterion; none of the taxa which were traded for hunting purposes showed significant increases in trade for hunting purposes.

Other species that may potentially be impacted by trophy hunting, either due to their conservation status, concerns about the trophy hunting regimes or due to their population dynamics,
include a number of wild sheep and antelopes. Based on the global conservation status, trade volume,
concerns raised in the literature and the time since last review (see methodology section for more details), the taxa recommended for further review are: Equus zebra hartmannae, Damaliscus pygargus (incl. ssp. pygargus), Ovis ammon, Ovis vignei, Kobus leche.”