In trophy hunting, the goal is to preserve the hunted wild animal or parts of it and display it as a trophy. In general, the rarer the species and the larger the horns, manes or tusks, the more desirable an animal is as a trophy. Trophy hunting of animals covered by the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is highly problematic from both a species protection and an animal welfare perspective. Nevertheless, it is offered in many places as an attraction for hunting tourists. Swiss people too travel to distant countries to engage in trophy hunting, shoot exotic animals and then import the trophies into Switzerland.
After the motion for a ban on the import and transit of hunting trophies originating from animals protected under CITES, submitted by the former National Councilor Isabelle Chevalley (GLP/VD) in March 2019, was accepted by the National Council, it is now up to the Council of States to decide on the motion. The recommendation of the Science, Education and Culture Committee of the Council of States (SECC-CS) on the acceptance or rejection of the motion expected in early February, but due to time constraints the deliberations were postponed to the next commission meeting. The outcome of the deliberations in the SECC-CS ought to be announced by the beginning of May at the latest.