Letter to Environment Minister: Animal rights activists demand bounty hunting ban – Wikipedia

This brown stuffed bear, on display at the customs investigation offices in Frankfurt am Main (Hesse), has been confiscated by customs. Photo: Photo Alliance / Boris Rossler / dpa

Trophy hunting for endangered animals is still legal in many cases. It’s not just animal rights activists who are shocked. Any organization goes directly to the Federal Minister for the Environment and demands the consequences.

BERLIN – In light of some endangered animal species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is calling on the federal government to ban the import of so-called hunting trophies into Germany.

This came from a letter to Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (The Greens), which was sent to the ministry by a specialized group of the NGO on Thursday. Hunting associations criticized the request.

According to the letter, animal rights activists see the federal government as having a responsibility to prevent the killing of protected animals that poachers bring to Germany as souvenirs. The group is turning to Lemke “to persuade Germany to change its role in the world’s trophies fishing industry,” the letter said, among other things.

The IUCN receives support from 14 other organizations, including Peta Germany and Pro Wildlife, as well as the famous British researcher and United Nations peace missionary, Jane Goodall.

According to the Federal Agency for the Protection of Nature, 471 trophies of protected animal species were imported into Germany last year. As the bureau reported when asked by the German news agency (dpa), these are preliminary figures, because the final data will not be known until August.

According to the Federal Office, a total of 518 hunting trophies were brought to Germany in 2020; For the pre-pandemic year 2019, the agency counted 784 deals. According to the data known so far for 2021, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania are among the most common countries of origin for such animal trophies.

“The fact that trophy hunting of rare and endangered species is still legal is quite shocking! I appeal to the German government to ban the import of hunting trophies,” said researcher Goodall. Your country of origin, Great Britain, announced at the end of last year that it wanted to ban the import of hunting trophies by law.

In March 2021, Environment Minister Lemke, as the conservation spokesperson at the time for the Green Party, criticized the practice of prize hunting as “ridiculous.” According to a Pro Wildlife spokeswoman, in her capacity as the federal environment minister, she has not yet taken a position on the demand for the import ban.

However, the topic is controversial within the IUCN. According to the IUCN paper, there are examples of corruption, lack of transparency, excessive quotas, illegal fishing and poor oversight in a number of countries. However, legal and well-regulated trophy hunting programs can play an important role in protecting wildlife and supporting the livelihoods of local people.

The International Hunting Council (CIC) in Germany and the German Hunting Association (DJV) have warned of the negative consequences of the organizations’ demands for the protection of people and species on site. “Nowhere is it said where the compensation for the loss of income comes from,” said Stefan Wonderlich, International Fisheries and Species Conservation Coordinator at CIC and DJV. Without a long-term alternative, it is “futile” to discuss such an import ban. “In many countries, income from fishing is necessary to protect the species and the living conditions of the population.”

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