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Animal Products: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether imports of trophy hunting can arrive in the UK via other countries to those in which the trophies originated.

Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith The Minister of State, Department for International Development, The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Hunting trophies are generally imported directly from the source country. However, there are occasions when hunting trophies are exported via another country. An example would be when specialist taxidermy services may not be available in the source country where the trophy was hunted.

Imports from countries which are not the source country of the hunting trophy remain subject to the same requirements to secure a permit under the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, which are directly applicable in the UK and will become Retained EU Law in the UK after we leave the EU. All applications for permits to import hunting trophies into the UK are assessed to make sure that the import would not have a harmful effect on the conservation status of the species or on the extent of the territory occupied by the relevant population of the species. Import suspensions are in place for countries where hunting of certain species is considered unsustainable.

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