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Wildlife: Smuggling

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 45443, tabled on 11 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the consultation on controls on the import and export of hunting trophies published in November 2019 and updated in January 2020, if he will seek international agreement on the need to address the widespread trade in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Appendix I animal specimens.

Answered on

19 May 2020

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a delay in publication of the summary of responses of the consultation and call for evidence on controls on the import and export of hunting trophies. We are, however, continuing to work on this important area and will publish the summary of responses as soon as it is practical to do so.

The international trade in wildlife is a complex matter, touching on environmental, social, and economic aspects. There are strong rules in place, both in the UK and internationally, to ensure any such trade is sustainable. We will remain at the forefront of ensuring these are sufficient, including through our active participation in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) where we have pushed for strong restrictions on trade in endangered species where such trade is shown to contribute to a species’ decline. In addition, the UK remains a global leader in combatting the illegal wildlife trade.