Informing decisions on trophy hunting
April 2016, Volume 14-2

A Briefing Paper for European Union Decision-makers regarding potential plans for restriction of imports of hunting trophies

Trophy hunting is currently the subject of intense debate, with moves at various levels to end or restrict it, including through bans on carriage or import of trophies. In the European Parliament, a group of Members have called for signing of a Written Declaration calling: “to examine the possibility of restricting all import of trophies into the EU, 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”. IUCN_SSC_trophy_hunting