The European Commission is proposing new restrictions for EU hunters who import into the Union trophies from a number of non-threatened species, thereby imposing virtually the same strict import permitting requirements as is currently in place for species threatened with extinction. The rules are not final, but it is expected that they will take effect around the beginning of 2015, and they will affect hunters who plan to import trophies of any of the following species: argali sheep, elephant, hippopotamus, lion, polar bear and southern white rhino.
European Hunters’ Federation FACE, underlined during a conference organized in collaboration with the European Commission, the positive role of hunting in wildlife conservation and habitat restoration and claimed its right to be seen as a fully-fledged environmental organisation. The conference was inaugurated by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment who recognized hunters’ important role in wild bird conservation.
The representatives of the European hunting world from 23 countries gathered in Brussels for the annual FACE General Assembly on 4 - 5 September. The intensive meeting covered a broad range of topics impacting on hunting in Europe, with FACE Members discussing its activities in FACE’s 12 thematic work areas, each crucial to hunters - ranging from Member Services, to Animal Welfare & Health, Firearms & Ammunition and of course Nature & Wildlife Conservation.