Calls to end ‘barbaric’ trophy hunting imports as MP backs campaign


An Ayrshire MP has joined the campaign to see a ban on ‘barbaric’ trophy hunting imports.

Allan Dorans, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, has shown his support to prohibit goods brought into the UK from British trophy hunters who kill endangered animals — including lions, elephants and rhinos — abroad for fun.

The law currently allows British hunters to bring their ‘trophies’ of animals’ heads and body parts back into the country to display in their homes.

A UK-wide public opinion poll in March last year showed that almost 9 in 10 voters support a ban.

Now, Mr Dorans is adding his voice to the list of campaigners and has received backing from popular public figures including actress and presenter Dame Joanna Lumley and Downton Abbey star Peter Egan, who he met with last week.

Allan Dorans MP said: “It was a pleasure to show my support for the campaign to ban trophy hunting imports, and meet with actor Peter Egan, a lifelong supporter of animal rights and welfare.

“Since the UK Government announced its pledge to ban trophies in the 2019 Queen’s Speech, hundreds of animals have been killed by British trophy hunters.

“It is blatantly clear that the majority of voters back this ban, so it is high time we bring this barbaric trade to an end.”

Joanna Lumley said Mr Dorans is representing “the 9 in 10 voters who want to see an end to this barbaric, cruel industry”.

She said: “It should have been abolished long ago. What sort of world do we live in where endangered animals can be killed for thrills by British trophy hunters?

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“It is the height of cowardice. Allan Dorans MP has my full support for this campaign.”



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Peter Egan said he applauded Mr Dorans’ “courageous campaign”.

He said: “The American gun lobby is fighting efforts to ban this evil ‘sport’ because it says hunters’ ‘rights’ should be protected. But what about the innocent, defenceless animals that are killed by British trophy hunters every year just for kicks?

“Allan Dorans MP is absolutely right to stand up to the industry lobbyists and to speak up for voiceless animals.”

Eduardo Goncalves, of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, added: “Many people are shocked to learn trophy hunting still goes on. They are even more shocked to learn that British people are involved and that it’s not just Americans who shoot lions for so-called ‘sport’, selfies and souvenirs.

“Allan Dorans MP is absolutely right to be reflecting local people’s views on this issue. Trophy hunting is opposed by the vast majority of local constituents.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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