Brussels, 27 June 2017 - FACE welcomes that a majority of EU Member States rejected a proposal by the German Environment Ministry to introduce severe restrictions on the importation of hunting trophies for non-threatened CITES species into the European Union (Annex B species). The proposal, which was discussed on the 20-21 June in Brussels by EU Member States’ CITES representatives during closed-door meetings, was not supported due to the obvious lack of scientific evidence. It has become apparent that the proposal was only designed to please the animal rights lobby who petitioned the German Environment Ministry during May 2017. More importantly, contrary to a CITES recommendation adopted in 2016, there was no proper consultation with the affected countries, in particular, the African countries that live with and conserve wildlife on a daily basis. Speaking in Brussels, FACE Secretary General, Ludwig Willnegger said that: “The entire hunting community in Europe and abroad must continue to combat unjustified restrictions on the importation of hunting trophies, as this topic will be further discussed in the autumn of 2017. This proposal constitutes the purest form of neo-colonialism and paternalism”. See attached pdf document for full press release.