‘Vile’ hunters face being banned from bringing home sick trophies of their kills

Hunters will be banned from bringing their trophy kills back to the UK, ministers are expected to announce this week.

The total ban on the import of trophies from endangered species aims to stop what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described as a ‘vile trade’.

A Whitehall source told Mail Online: "This week, we will set out our next steps. They will be comprehensive, robust, and effective and deliver the change promised to help protect thousands of species."

Dame Judi Dench, who is an avid supporter of the Campaign To Ban Trophy Hunting, said: "Having built up expectations, the Government now need to see it through. It’s a policy that has tremendous support."

The Conservative Party had originally pledged to ban imports in 2019, but since then more than 300 trophies of endangered animals killed on safaris have been shipped to the UK.

Over the last few years, critics have accused the Government of dragging its heels.

Campaigner Eduardo Goncalves said: "Some of the most notorious trophy hunters are British and were last year happily shooting lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, leopards, zebras and even baboons.

"The Government continued to issue import permits so they could bring home their bodies, skins, skulls and tusks. This has to stop. It’s an utter disgrace and shames Britain."

They even resorted to sending a gruesome book to mount pressure on MPs containing the details and pictures of 75 British hunters, some of whom boast of killing hundreds of animals.

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The information is believed to have come from a grisly for Umlilo Safaris, a South African firm that offers more than 50 species for hunters to shoot.

The website charges £9,175 for a ‘combo package’ to kill a lion and lioness and £18,750 for an elephant.

It also features pictures of Charlie Reynolds, 64, a transport consultant from Somerset, with a slain giraffe. He did not respond to a request for comment.

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