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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on trophy hunting as a means of fighting against ivory imports into Europe

Joëlle Mélin, Philippe Loiseau, Louis Aliot, Dominique Bilde, Mylène Troszczynski, Marie-Christine Arnautu, Marie-Christine Boutonnet, Dominique Martin, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on trophy hunting as a means of fighting against ivory imports into Europe  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to CITES(1),

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas trophy hunting, which primarily concerns non-endangered species or animals that are unable to reproduce, plays no part in the extinction of species;

B.  whereas there is a need for close collaboration between ivory exporting and importing countries in reducing demand by imposing strict limits on supply;

C.  whereas trophy hunting helps to develop regulated local economies and thus to combat illegal practices;

D.  whereas the role played by hunting in preserving biodiversity has been enshrined in the Constitution of Namibia(2);

E.  whereas the revenue from trophy hunting funds action to safeguard endangered species and protect reserves against ivory poachers(3);

1.  Calls on the Commission to foster the creation of independent national observatories to ensure that trophy hunting revenue is spent wisely;

2.  Calls on the Commission to seek a relaxation of the relevant rules in order to be able to support trophy hunting as a means of controlling and combating poaching;

3.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.


  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.


  Chapter 11, Article 95(1).


  As an example, in Tanzania, 56 hunting companies pay for 220 off-road vehicles which cover more than 8 million kilometres per year on anti-poaching patrols.

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