ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS USE COVID-19 TO PUSH AGENDA
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the European United Left/Nordic Green Left groups introduced an anti-hunting amendment that was soundly defeated.
The amendment urged “the Commission to present legal proposals to ban the import, the trade and the keeping and consumption of wildlife in the EU.”
Since CV19 began gripping the globe, anti-hunting organizations have seized on the narrative that all trade in wildlife is a threat to public health.
The vote, taken on April 16, 2020 is the first instance of the anti-hunting arguments being tested by a vote of a legislative body.
The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) moved quickly to educate MEPs ahead of the vote by pointing out:
-the already existing strict harmonized rules in the EU
-the fact that wildlife trade is already well regulated in the EU
-that wildlife trafficking is already recognized as a priority under the EU
-banning the consumption of wildlife in the EU would have far reaching consequences for nature conservation in the EU and globally
-banning the consumption of wildlife would negatively affect activities such as hunting and fishing, which are well-regulated a national level
SCI and FACE are working together on a strategy to head off the next attack. Stay tuned for further information on the continuing attempts by animal rights groups to interfere with the freedom to hunt across the globe.