Hunting trophy imports to Australia rise as global trophy imports fall
The number of trophy hunting specimens imported to Australia is on the rise, bucking a global decline in trophy imports, according to trade figures reported to the United Nations Environment Program.
International calls to ban trophy hunting have mounted since the killing of a Zimbabwe lion called Cecil in July. Nationally, trophy hunting has been in the spotlight since February, when photographs of former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath posing with dead wildlife while on a hunting safari in Africa sparked a wave of outrage.
Trophy imports to Australia fluctuate significantly from year to year, but figures from the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Trade Database show a gradual rise.
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