Great news as France stops import of trophies from lion hunts
This comes after a concerted campaign by the Fondation Brigitte Bardot and a letter sent by its President Mrs Brigitte Bardot following the recent death of Cecil the lion. Ségolène Royal, the French minister of Environment confirmed in a letter to the foundation dated 17 November 2015 that: “Further to your letter […] I have instructed my services to no longer issue import permits for lion hunting trophies”. This is a major step and will help put a nail in the coffin of the canned hunting industry and vastly improve animal welfare and the conservation of this endangered species.
Commenting on this commitment Ilaria Di Silvestre, Project Leader Advocacy Wildlife at Eurogroup for Animals stated: “We welcome this announcement and thank our colleagues for all their hard work. We hope that other European countries will now follow France’s lead and ban the import of trophies quickly. We also welcome the commitment of the Minister to work jointly with the Brigitte Bardot Foundation in France and Africa, to end ivory trafficking.
Eurogroup is actively working with its members on trophy hunting and hopes that their work will bring an end to trophy hunting and the import of such trophies into Europe in the very near future.
We hope that other European countries will now follow France’s lead and ban the import of trophies quickly.Ilaria Di Silvestre, Wildlife Programme Leader at Eurogroup for Animals