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Trophy hunters are exploiting a loophole in the ban on importing endangered species Alamy. A loophole in the rules on trade in endangered species is allowing British hunters to import trophies of animals so rare that they have been declared extinct in the wild. Trophies of 27 scimitar-horned oryx were allowed into Britain in the past decade by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), according to analysis of import data by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting. The species was declared extinct in the wild in 2000 because of hunting and habitat loss but they are reared on hunting ranches and in recent years a few small groups of captive-bred animals have been reintroduced to Chad. Full story

13 August