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Dear Sir, Madam:
This concerns my request to you to please forward a Motion to the European Parliament for a complete ban on the import of lion (tamed or wild) and of all other wild animal body parts as trophies into EU Member States.
I urge you as EU leader, or as European Parliament member to realize a law which will ban the import of animal trophies; and to cut ties with the canned and trophy hunting industries in Africa!
Canned hunting is the practice of killing tamed wild animals in fenced areas on canned hunting farms for 'sport' ....
It is estimated that over 8,000 lions are being bred in captivity to supply the canned hunting trade.
European trophy hunters are travelling to Africa to kill these animals using either rifles or bow and arrow so that the animals can be mounted on a wall or made into a rug.
Other animals being hunted for trophies include, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, leopards etc.
Of course you will be aware that the Western African black rhino was recently officially declared to be extinct.
Local communities in Africa hardly 'benefit' from this industry yet their wildlife is being decimated.
As you are aware the Illegal wildlife trade summit was held in London on 13th February 2014 to try and combat the alarming decline in numbers of wild animals being poached.
Considering this crisis in declining wildlife, hunting animals for trophies is no longer acceptable.
On March 15th, people in 62 cities across the world in 21 countries marched on the streets to protest against canned and trophy hunting.
There were marches in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, UK, South Africa, Australia, United States, Canada and more.
The world will march again in August and October 2014.
The EU has already placed a ban on imports of sealskins from Namibia and Canada as the industry is based on animal cruelty.
I call upon you now to do something positive to make sure that the import of all animal trophies into the European Union will be banned.
Thank you for your urgent attention into this matter.