Humanitarian Society International / Europe (HSI)
In a letter, the ethics group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) called on the federal government to end the practice of bounty hunting imports on ethical, environmental and legal grounds. It not only receives support from 14 animal and species protection associations, which in a joint statement called for a halt to the import of hunting trophies from protected animal species, but also from well-known researcher and UN peace messenger Jane Goodall.
A few days ago, the trophy hunters’ release of two of Botswana’s last great elephant bulls caused outrage across the world. Animal and species protection advocates also hold the German federal government responsible for preventing these shootings by banning the import of elephant trophies and trophies of other protected species.
Professor Klaus Bosselmann, Honorary Chair of the Ethics Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Global Commission on Environmental Law, and one of the authors of the letter to German Environment Minister Steffi Lemke said: And trophy hunting for protected species. Trophy hunting needlessly threatens the survival and genetic integrity of the protected species amid the current crisis of the sixth mass extinction of species. This practice must end and Germany must finally take responsibility for protecting the species.”
The report “Cup hunting by the numbers: the EU’s role in trophy hunting in a global context” by the Humane Society International / Europe reveals the extent to which Germany is involved in the World Awards hunting industry: between 2014 and 2020 alone, more than 5,400 prizes were imported from protected animals Internationally to Germany. At the level of the European Union, Germany ranks first in these imports. If we look at it around the world, Germany follows closely the United States in second place.
Also d Jane Goodall DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, said: “The fact that hunting rare and endangered species is still legal is very shocking! I appeal to the German government to ban the import of hunting trophies. Support the protection of animals and species.”
“Killing protected wild animals for fun in order to display them as memorabilia is completely reprehensible and also unforgivable from an ecological point of view!” says Sylvie Kremerskuthen Gleeson, country director for Animal Protection Humane Society International (HSI) in Germany. “Finally, a legal end must be put in place. The ban on importing hunting trophies from protected animal species into Germany complies with European law and can be implemented. We expect the Ministry of the Environment to act immediately.”
France and the Netherlands have imposed import restrictions on hunting trophies since 2015 and 2016, respectively. In other countries in Europe there are currently legislative initiatives and concrete decisions against these imports. Residents in Germany expect this as well, as a representative survey from 2021 shows. Nine out of ten respondents spoke out against importing hunting trophies.
“Cup hunters kill those animals that are especially important to healthy stocks. It’s time for the federal government to stop importing hunting trophies from endangered species like elephants, polar bears, lions and rhinos — as other European countries are already doing,” says Daniela Fryer of Pro Wildlife.
This press release has been endorsed by
- animal crowd
- Federal Animal Welfare Association
- Syndicate Against Animal Abuse
- German Animal Welfare Association
- The future of elephants
- Humane Society International / Europe
- Jane Goodall Institute Association Germany Registered
- Committee against killing birds
- beta germany
- for every wildlife
- Save the rainforest
- Save Africa’s elephants
- Wildlife Conservation Fund
- FOUR PAWS – Animal Welfare Foundation
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