Early day motion 1280

CANNED HUNTING

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Total number of signatures: 29

Bottomley, Peter Campbell, Ronnie Caton, Martin Clark, Katy
Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David Dobbin, Jim
Dodds, Nigel Durkan, Mark Flynn, Paul George, Andrew
Glindon, Mary Godsiff, Roger Hancock, Mike Hemming, John
Hermon, Lady Hopkins, Kelvin Jackson, Glenda Leech, John
Llwyd, Elfyn Marsden, Gordon McDonnell, John Meale, Alan
Osborne, Sandra Ritchie, Margaret Sanders, Adrian Ward, David
Weir, Mike

That this House notes the fact that well over 8,000 lions are being bred in captivity to supply the canned hunting trade which entails captive-bred lions being kept in confined areas to be shot by paying hunters using rifles, bow and arrow and even pistols; further notes that at least some of the funding for this barbaric practice is derived from UK volunteer agencies who are often unaware of the destiny of these lions; further notes that on 15 March 2014 people in 62 cities in 21 countries marched on the streets to protest against canned hunting; further notes that on 13 February 2014 a world summit was held in London to halt the illegal trade in wildlife products; further notes that precedents for concrete action include the EU ban on imports of seal skins from Namibia and Canada because it is based on animal cruelty; and calls on the Government to ensure that preservation of the UK's world wildlife heritage is given the high level priority that it so clearly deserves and that appropriate restrictions or banning are implemented wherever necessary.