End Trophy Hunting of Vulnerable Puffins

Target: Theresa Anne Villiers, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Goal: Ban importation of puffins reportedly killed by British trophy hunters.

The puffin is at risk of extinction due to trophy hunting. Tours, set up in Iceland, target British hunters who cannot legally hunt this vulnerable bird in their home country. Demand an immediate ban on the importation of puffins as trophies.

A tourism website has been advertising trophy hunting tours targeting Iceland’s vulnerable puffin population. They boast that one hunter is allowed to kill 100 puffins at a time for the low price of just over $3,000. While there is no evidence that British hunters have taken the bait, this website’s crass and bold attempt to violate British law and target a vulnerable species is concerning to conservationists and animal rights activists.

The Icelandic puffin population has been in steep decline since 2015, with their numbers dropping by nearly 1.5 million. Icelanders hunt them for food and serve them as a rare cuisine to tourists. Pollution and climate change are two other factors that negatively impact this species and, if these tours are successful in their attempts, then we’ll soon be able to add trophy hunting to that list.

If something is not done, then these birds will soon be extinct. Sign below and demand that the UK Parliament move to ban puffins from legal importation, effectively cutting trophy hunters off.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Villiers,

Photographs of dead puffins, lying in a pile next to men in camouflage, prominently advertise Icelandic trophy hunting tours. These tours are aimed at British hunters, who are banned from pursuing this vulnerable species in the UK. They boast that every hunter can kill 100 puffins in one trip, paying just a few thousand pounds for the trouble. Though it’s unclear if British trophy hunters have engaged in these tours, the potential for them to do so in itself is dangerous for this vulnerable bird. Puffin numbers are in rapid decline in Iceland, due to the country’s lax conservation laws, and trophy hunting will move them even quicker towards extinction.

I demand that you immediately ban the importation of puffins into the UK in order to give this species a fighting chance.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: famhud




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6 Comments

  1. Sylvia Vegas says:

    WE WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THE UK WAS A CIVILIZED AND A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY … BUT FROM THE ATROCITIES WE HEAR HAPPEN THERE LATELY, I GUESS WE WERE WRONG …
    HAVE PITY ON THOSE INNOCENT CREATURES, WON’T YOU PLEASE?

  2. Maria M. Morla says:

    Dear Secretary Villiers,
    Have pity on us, please! We were created by God to be part of the world!

  3. Trophy hunters need to go extinct!

  4. Trophy hunters are cowards, not hunters! Let’s get rid of them!

  5. How abysmally cowardly to shoot such a gentle creature, and equally ignorant for those feeble-minded fools to boast about it!

    If Iceland is so greedy, that’s their problem, but the UK should show some honor in refusing to have these helpless animals brought back in order for these freaks to be able to boast.

    Keep in mind that Iceland loves to kill. See their record on whale slaughter.

  6. The only good hunter is a dead on.Hunt the hunters! An eye for an eye.Become civilised.Protect animals! Do not kill them!

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