Debate I

A debate on whether or not the UK should ban the importation of hunting trophies

The much-anticipated launch of our Wildlife Economy Debate Series


Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022 Platform: ZOOM

Each debate will focus on one of the 'Big 5' wildlife economy activities. The first one focused on the wildlife economy activity of hunting.

The debate was on whether or not the UK should ban the importation of hunting trophies.

Our moderator for the first debate is Dr. Holly Dublin:

Dr Holly Dublin is a Senior Advisor to IUCN ESARO and Maliasili, a Senior Associate of the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED), on the Steering Committee of IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods (SULi) Specialist Group and an adviser to communities, African governments, organizations and investors on conservation practice, financing and policy, at all levels.

Holly was also, the longstanding former Chair of the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group for almost 30 years and an elected Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission serving on IUCN's Governing Council.

The two participants in the debate presented an academic/scientific perspective on the proposed ban on the importation of hunting trophies, based on their presentations on the topic to the UK government:

Professor Amy Dickman

Amy Dickman is a Professor of Wildlife Conservation at Oxford University, where she is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. She is also the Joint CEO of Lion Landscapes and the Chair of the Board of the Arabian Leopard Fund. She is an award-winning conservationist and has worked on community-based conservation for over 25 years, with a particular focus on African carnivores. She is a member of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. She has published over 100 papers and book chapters on carnivore conservationn and is a National Geographic Explorer.

Amy Dickman’s salary is paid by Oxford University and is funded by the Panthera, with consultancy funding from the Darwin Expert Committee, Jamma International and the Arabian Leopard Fund. Her field project, Lion Landscapes, has a diverse range of funders, and nine of those take an explicit pro- or anti-hunting stance. Her previous project received historic funding from donors with both pro- and anti-hunting stances, with funding from anti-hunting donors larger and more recent than from pro-hunting donors.

An article on the topic written by Amy
Trophy hunting will not save Africa's lions - so the UK ban on imports is a positive step for wildlife conservation (20th June 2022)

Amy's presentation on the debate

Dr Hans Bauer

For 25 years, Hans has been working biodiversity conservation, particularly across West, Central and the Horn of africa. Currently employed by WildCRU at the University of Oxford, he has authored ~100 professional and scientific publications, including the IUCN Red List assessment for the lion. With an interdisciplinary conservation science background, he has focused on human-wildlife conflict, protected area management, sustainable development and capacity strengthening. Hans is also a Guest Professor at the University of Antwerp, a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and a National Geographic Explorer. His projects have been supported by institutions with various views on trophy hunting, including the Born Free Foundation, National Geographic,, Panthera, Zoo Leipzig, US Fish and Wildlife Service. His views are his

An article on the topic written by Hans
why a UK import ban threatens wildlife conservation (10th August 2022):

Hans' presentation on the debate