As world leaders gather for the COP26 climate summit, they face demands to stop the sick slaughter as species like polar bears are threatened by climate change – and shot by UK trophy hunters
Telly star Ricky Gervais today calls for an immediate UK ban on importing hunt trophies.
PM Boris Johnson pledged two years ago to stop the vile practice but a law has been delayed.
This sickening picture of a shot polar bear is being projected by campaigners at Glasgow’s COP26 climate summit today.
Ricky said: “We need to stop trophy hunting now.”
Boris Johnson ’s promised ban on the import of hunting trophies is STILL not law – two years after he pledged it.
The delay flies in the face of desperate pleas from celebrities, politicians and campaigners to save species like polar bears from callous hunters – as well as climate change.
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TV star Ricky Gervais, writing exclusively to the Sunday People as the COP 26 climate summit starts in Glasgow today, said: “Polar bears could be wiped off the face of the earth by climate change.
“But they are also being wiped out by people who want their skins or want their heads above the fireplace.”
Ricky, 60, creator and star of comedies The Office and Extras, added: “They should do prison time.”
Downton Abbey star Peter Egan, 75, said: “Tens of millions of animals have been slaughtered for so-called sport and souvenirs. What more is needed for the Government to take this seriously?”
The photo of a hunter and shot polar bear – taken in north-west Canada and used by hunt firms to promote tours – is being projected on buildings at COP26 by anti-hunt campaigners.
And the Prime Minster is being challenged by MPs to explain why legislation has been put on hold amid fears it will be watered down.
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Over 50 have signed a Commons motion calling for a ban on importing hunt trophies as soon as possible – a tribute to Sir David Amess, the MP and ardent animal right campaigner who was fatally knifed this month.
Two years ago Mr Johnson declared: “This barbaric practice must end.”
As well as polar bears, the ban would cover trophies from lions, zebra, elephants, rhinos, leopards, hippos, giraffes and other threatened species.
But legislation has been postponed to allow more consultations.
Details of the Animals Abroad Bill were expected before the Commons summer recess but publication has been postponed three times.
Tory MP Pauline Latham, who will lead a Commons debate this week, said: “Every month of delay with the Animals Abroad Bill is another month where hunters can kill endangered species for fun and then import their body parts into the UK as trophies.”
Ministers are under pressure to include a loophole for hunters who make a donation to conservation – branded a “blood money” clause.
Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign Against Trophy Hunting who will give evidence to MPs this week, said: “This is beyond shocking. Since the PM first pledged a ban, 95 lion trophies have been brought home by British hunters.”
A Department for Environment spokesman said: “We will be setting out our detailed plans for action soon. Continued discussions with experts will inform this policy.”