Oxford MP calls for ban on imports of hunting trophies

An Oxford MP and a legendary guitarist have joined forces to call for a ban on imports of hunting trophies.

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and Queen guitarist Dr Brian May met at an event in Parliament last week.

Every year, British trophy hunters legally import trophies from some of the world’s most endangered animals, including lions, leopards and African elephants.

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Imported trophies include animal parts such as skins, claws, teeth, legs, tails and even ears.

Layla Moran with Dr. Brian May. Photo: Layla Moran

Ms Moran has long been a supporter of a ban on hunting trophy imports and supported an Early Day Motion in Parliament which called for the ban to be introduced.

Speaking after the event, Ms Moran said: “The illegal wildlife trade has major negative impacts on biodiversity, existing ecosystems, natural heritage of countries of origin, natural resources and the conservation of species. That’s why I was thrilled to meet Dr. Brian May and join him in calling for a ban on trophy hunting.

“It is right that parliamentarians and people across the country bring their concerns to the government and put pressure on it to institute this ban as soon as possible.

“Dozens of voters contacted me, asking me to push for this ban, so I was happy to have the opportunity to publicly reaffirm my strong position on this issue”

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