New ‘UK Trophy Hunting Bill” aims to protect 7000 wild animals

Yvonne O'Halloran

A bill was brought to the UK government’s attention that would forbid trophy hunters from bringing an astounding 7,000 species of animals into the country. Examples of some of these animals protected include: leopards, rhinos, elephants, polar bears, and lions. 

The scope of protection for these animals is wide. The bill would protect wild animals that are specifically bred for trophy hunting, threatened or near-threatened animals, and endangered animals. 

The consequence of ignoring this bill would be a sentence of up to five years in prison. This bill has been described as one of the toughest in the world.

The UK government had promised in 2019 to pass the bill, but has yet to fulfil their promise yet. Since 2019, it is estimated that about 300 animals have been killed for trophies and brought into the UK. It is estimated that the bill could take as long as until next summer to reach parliament. 

This has obviously upset the UK general public and campaigns that have pushed for this bill to go through. By that time, another 100 animals could be hunted and killed simply for their body parts. 

Research done in 2018 has shown that 60% of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles have been wiped out in the last fifty years due to the human population. That is the equivalent to wiping out North America, Africa, Europe, South America, China, and Oceania. 

These are intense statistics and bills that like these being passed could be a stepping stone to a better future.

Article written by Kristin Mattia- United States

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