Currently, if a trophy hunter wants to bring a body part from their hunt back into the UK, they can do so, with a special permit.
One trophy hunter told the podcast the sport was thrilling and helped conservation: “To shoot an elephant is an awesome thing to do, it is a stunningly, stunningly awesome thing to do, which is why I did it.
“I want to try and preserve those wild places in Africa. But the only way they get preserved is if there’s money. If it doesn’t pay it doesn’t stay. It’s as simple as that.”
But trophy hunting is controversial.
In 2015,the death of Cecil the lionin Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park sparked worldwide revulsion and resulted in a number of countries – including Australia, France and the Netherlands – implementing bans on the import of lion trophies.
At the time, the UK government pledged to do the same unless there were improvements to how hunting took place…Continue Reading