Ranulph Fiennes and Jane Goodall back Furness MPs trophy hunting plea
Erin Gaskell, The Westmorland Gazette
December 2, 2022
An MPs campaign to stop British hunters bringing home ‘trophies’ of
endangered animals has won the support of legendary conservationist Jane
Goodall and record-breaking explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
A recent cross-party committee report found British trophy hunters have
brought home 5,000 trophies of threatened species in recent years. Lions,
elephants, hippos and zebras are among the most popular animals. Others
shot and brought into the UK include polar bears, giraffes, cheetahs,
rhinos and monkeys.
A bill to prohibit trophy hunters’ souvenirs is currently going through
Parliament. An opinion poll by Survation found 86 per cent of voters are in
favour of the ban, with just 2 per cent against.
Barrow and Furness MP Simon Fell said: “It was such an honour to meet Jane
Goodall earlier this week after speaking in favour of Henry Smith’s
fantastic bill to ban the import of hunting trophies into the UK last
“As I said in Parliament at the time, many Furness residents have written
to me expressing their passion for this Bill to succeed.
“By banning hunting trophies, we can send a strong message to the rest of
the world that the UK does not tolerate the killing of iconic species such
as rhinos, lions and elephants by a very small minority for recreation
“Animals should not be managed to be hunted, with the excuse of them
continuing to exist as the argument. We should sustain habitats, enable
biodiversity, and create environments where they can thrive, rather than
ones in which they are not effectively wild any more, unable to fend for
themselves without humans or are in a waiting room for a hunter to bag an
easy shot so they have something to go above the mantelpiece.
“The Bill is the right and moral thing for us to do. I am very glad to
support my Honourable Friend the Member for Crawley on this excellent Bill.”
Ranulph Fiennes said: “I wholeheartedly support Simon’s campaign to stop
British trophy hunters bringing home the sick souvenirs of animals they
kill for fun. Trophy hunting is barbaric and cowardly. It is also sheer
madness when so much of the world’s wildlife is under threat.”
Goodall said: “I have struggled to get into the mind of someone who can
behave like this. We are supposed to be a nation of animal lovers and yet
we have these people, so what is motivating them? How can they feel pride?”