U.K. government won’t ban trophy hunting imports ‘yet’

Updated: May 11, 2019

The British Environment Secretary says the UK won’t be banning imports from trophy hunting in the immediate future.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Michael Gove said he has been advised to be “cautious” on the issue as it is a “delicate political balancing act.”

Gove also told the BBC he had been advised by wildlife charities on the issue.

He said:

“On an emotional level and on a personal level, I find it difficult to understand.
“But I also recognise that I've got to respect if there is expertise, which says that [trophy hunting] done in a managed way can help wildlife overall, then let's just test that.
“I don't want to be in a position where am I running so far in advance of what other charities and other leaders want, that we risk the good relationship that's been built up over time.
“Like so many areas of campaigning, it's partly a process of education and it's partly a process of dialogue.”

Currently, trophy hunters can bring the animal parts from their hunt back into the UK with a special permit.

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