This article was in today’s (London) Telegraph: HUNTING Allowing trophy hunt imports ‘spits in face of nation of animal lovers’ By Helena Horton and Steve Bird ELEPHANT feet, polar bear skins and a rug made from a lion are among the endangered species parts shipped into Britain as trophies in a single year, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. A total of 86 body parts, many from creatures threatened with extinction, were imported into Britain during the financial year 2017-18. Under international rules, such trophies can be brought into the UK only if they do not affect the survival of any species. While poaching involves illegally shooting endangered species, many countries permit professional hunts, often allowing older or weaker animals to be killed. Hunting campaigners claim their “sport” helps conservation and can provide much needed tourism to often poor areas. However, animal rights campaigners have condemned the practice. More than 150 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling on Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, to ban the importation of trophies. More than 280,000 people have signed an online petition urging Defra to ban lion trophies being shipped to the UK. Trophy hunting imports have already been banned by France, Australia and the Netherlands. According to files held by Cites – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species which oversees the agreement governments have signed concerning the trade and movement of wild animals – 82 of the most endangered species or creatures whose future is threatened if trade not carefully controlled were imported to the UK in 2017-18. Chris Packham, the environmentalist and television presenter, said trophy hunting made him “ashamed to be a British conservationist”. He said: “The fact this is happening spits in the face of the nation of animal lovers that is ever more rapidly realising that there is no longer enough wildlife to waste and that thus killing wildlife for fun is a dying business.” Zac Goldsmith, the MP for Richmond and animal rights campaigner who tabled the EDM, told The Sunday Telegraph: “Trophy hunting involves killing some of the most beautiful wild animal species on earth simply for fun… It is high time we banned the import of the so-called trophies to the UK.” A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said under Cites rules such trophies can only be brought into the UK under strict rules. ______________ Makes me want to weep . . .