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Born Free Urges MEPs to Ban Trophy Hunting Imports into the EU

The Born Free Foundation is urging European politicians to support calls to ban the import of animal trophies into the European Union by signing a new Written Declaration.

The EU is a major importer of wildlife trophies. Between 2004 and 2013, more than 117,000 animal products identified as hunting trophies were legally imported into the EU. Spain, Germany, France and Italy import the majority of trophies. Individual EU countries are already taking action. In November 2015, France announced it was banning the import of lion heads, paws and skins by trophy hunters.

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Please specify to your MEP that you want them to support written declaration 0003/2016 by April 18th 


Since 2012, the UK Government had promised that it would introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses by the end of 2015. But 2015 came and went and we are sorry to confirm that the Government broke that promise. The animals remain in the big top to this day.

The Born Free Foundation is now calling upon all supporters to take a few moments to write to Prime Minister, Theresa May, to demand immediate action in 2016.

You might like to highlight the following points in your letter or email but do feel free to add your own thoughts too:

• The Prime Minister’s previous Government made a commitment in March 2012 to bring in a ban on wild animals in travelling circuses in England and repeatedly confirmed its commitment since then.

• Draft legislation to ban has already been introduced in Parliament. This legislation is not considered to be controversial, has the overwhelming support of Parliamentarians, and could progress quickly through Parliament.

• There is strong public support for a ban which would be a quick and easy "win" for this Government.

• Any delay in bringing in a ban in England could reduce the chances of bringing in bans in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

• Leading animal protection organisations including the Born Free Foundation, RSPCA, the Captive Animals' Protection Society, and the British Veterinary Association are all agreed that a ban is long overdue.

Template letter:

Dear Mrs May,

In 2012, your government promised that the use of wild animals in travelling circuses would be banned in England by the end of 2015. The end of the 2015 parliamentary session has now come and gone and the promised ban has not been made into law. The animals spent another Christmas and New Year in the big top. 94.5% of the general public who responded to the 2010 government consultation on this issue support an outright ban. A large number of Parliamentarians support the initiative. Every one of the UK’s major animal welfare organisations support a ban. 

I implore you to ensure that the ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses is given priority at the earliest opportunity and that it is introduced, as promised, as soon as possible in 2016.

Yours Sincerely,


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The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street

NB. If you wish to help Born Free’s ongoing work on captive wild animals, please consider making a donation to assist our Zoo Check campaign


NB. If you wish to help Born Free’s ongoing work on captive wild animals, please consider making a donation to assist our Zoo Check campaign


Yupi is a female polar bear who was brought to Morelia Zoo in Mexico in 1992 at just a few months old. She came from the wilds of Alaska as an orphaned cub after her mother was killed.

When Yupi arrived at Morelia Zoo, she was placed in a very small and barren concrete enclosure.  Additionally, Yupi is held in a small holding pen for approx. 17 hours every day with no natural daylight. Yupi’s daily regime is routine and predictable, with little environmental enrichment or stimulation. There have been some small steps taken by the zoo recently, following public concerns, such as the introduction of a small sand pit and a little shade. However, polar bears require large spaces and a complex natural terrain, giving them choice and control over their daily lives.

Morelia Zoo is located in the central part of Mexico, which means that Yupi is exposed to a tropical climate, with temperatures remaining high throughout the year, dramatically different to the cold climate of Alasaka. Polar bears are not physically adapted to live in hot climates. Under their thick fur their skin is black, facilitating the retention of heat from the sun; therefore polar bears can easily become overheated, particularly in alien, hot climates.

Yupi is about 20 years old; however polar bears can live for 30 years, so she may still have quite a few years ahead of her. Please contact the Director of Morelia Zoo, the Municipal Mayor and Governor of Michoacan, expressing your concerns that Yupi's confinement is unacceptable and that she should be relocated to a better facility in a more appropriate climate.

Zoo Director:

Director del Zoológico de Morelia
Parque Zoológico Benito Juárez
Calzada Juárez s/n col. Felix Ireta
Morelia, Michoacán

Mayor of Morelia: 

Ing. Alfonso Jesús Martínez Alcazar
Ayuntamiento de Morelia
Allende 403 Col. Centro 
C.P. 58000
Morelia, Michoacan


Governor of Michoacan State:

Ing. Silvano Aureoles Conejo
Gobierno del Estado de Michoacán
Palacio de Gobierno 1er. Patio Planta Alta,
Av. Madero Poniente # 63, Centro, C.P. 58000. 
Morelia, Michoacán

Don’t forget, be courteous and persuasive – being rude or confrontational could have a negative effect!

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