Parliamentary Report Calls for an END to Captive Lion Breeding in South Africa
Hope abounds for South Africa’s lions as a new Parliamentary report has called for an end to captive lion breeding in South Africa! The news has been welcomed by local and international conservationists and NGOs, and the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Phillemon Mapulane, has been praised for his part in getting the […]
Hope abounds for South Africa’s lions as a new Parliamentary report has called for an end to captive lion breeding in South Africa!
The news has been welcomed by local and international conservationists and NGOs, and the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Phillemon Mapulane, has been praised for his part in getting the ball rolling.
Blood Lions Official said it “commends the Hon. Mr. Mapulane” and members of the Committee on the findings and resolutions of the comprehensive 24-page report.
Captured in Africa’s (CIA’s) Drew Abrahamson said she and others had attended the two-day Colloquium (“Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa: Harming or Promoting the Conservation Image of the Country”) in Cape Town in August, and been sitting on “tender hooks” waiting for the report to come out.
She welcomed it as proof that “our voices matter” and urged everyone to mail and congratulate the Portfolio Committee “on considering a total ban” on captive breeding of lion in SA.
“Captured In Africa Foundation wish to congratulate Mr Mapulane for having the courage to start the process of change!!!” she said.
Derek Hanekom – Tourism Minister and Acting Minister of Environmental Affairs – added to the good news by tweeting yesterday: “Also breaking news: I intend appointing a high level panel to review policies and legislation on a number of matters related to animal breeding, hunting and handling. The department is currently preparing the terms of reference. Will communicate more about this soon.”
Blood Lions responded by congratulating the Minister on his intention to review South Africa’s controversial wildlife breeding and “canned hunting” industries.
“The Minister and his department has the full support of the Blood Lions Team,” said Blood Lions.
In its statement yesterday, the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs said the practice of captive lion breeding – both for hunting and lion bone trade – has caused much local and international uproar, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had also raised concerns, calling on the South African Government to terminate this practice.
Blood Lions said in a statement today:
This is an important day for Blood Lions and all those who have been fighting against the captive lion breeding industry in South Africa. After some years in production, Blood Lions launched the feature documentary film and global campaign to end all exploitative predator practices in 2015. Since then, and together with a number of our partners in South Africa and around the world, we have fought hard to expose the horrors that comprise the commercial exploitation of Africa’s most iconic species.
Some of the findings in the report include:
- “The conservation value of predator breeding is zero; the economic value is minimal and undermines South Africa’s tourism brand value…”
- “South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry for hunting is an international pariah, and hence the Government should rethink this policy stance. The announcement by DEA that the lion bone quota determined for 2018 is doubled from 800 in 2017 to 1500 for 2018 is highly concerning.”
- “South Africa is the largest legal exporter of lion bones and skeletons … Ninety-eight percent of these were destined for Laos and Vietnam, which are known hubs for illegal wildlife trafficking….”
Blood Lions’ full statement, together with a summary of the report’s findings, and suggestions on the best ways for the Department of Environmental Affairs to move forward and bring an urgent end to lion breeding, can be found here.
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