Members of the European Parliament demand to ban the trophy hunting, referring to necessary amendments to the Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora threatened of extinction. MEPs and the environment protection activists said so during the World Conference for Preservation of Endangered Species.
“In an open letter, released on Sunday, August 18, the initiators urged to amend the Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora threatened of extinction (CITES)… the Secretary-General of CITES Yvonne Hero, to continue in the same spirit of “more impossible”, Urdupoint reports.
The conference focused on the illegal trade with wild animals on the internet; however, the European Parliament and a number of environmental organizations brought up the topic of trophy hunting. The officials turned attention to the fact that the ban on trading animals mentioned in the Convention does not concern the trophy hunting. This loophole in the document that leads to "prosperity of the commercial industry with multi-million turnover" must be eliminated, the activists say.
Government-licensed hunting is common across parts of Africa, with tourists paying to shoot a small number of selected animals. The practice is controversial but many wildlife experts accept that hunting can aid long-term conservation. The countries that sell licenses for trophy hunting of endangered species usually argue that the proceeds are used to fund conservation projects and anti-poaching protection.