Sunday , May 9 2021

MEPs demand a review of the policy of captivity farming

The parliamentary committee on environmental issues on Monday adopted a report compiled during a two-day colloquium on captivity and hunting for lions for bones.

The report contains comments from representatives of local projection and conservation organizations as well as international organizations that spoke to industry.

The colloquium, titled "Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa", was held for two days in August and was open to the public.

The International Conservation of Nature (IUCN), inter alia, raised concerns about captivity for hunting and urged the government to terminate this practice.

The chairman of the Philemon Mapulane committee said the environmental department should initiate a political and legislative review of the captivity of lions and lions.

"[They must do this] for the purpose of terminating this practice. The Minister for the Environment should submit quarterly reports to the committee on progress in this policy and legislative review. "

Protect "brand South Africa"

Mapulane said the committee would like the department to reconsider the decision to increase the annual lion leg quota from 800 to 1,500 lion skeletons.

"A decision was made during the meeting [and] was informed of commercial considerations, as opposed to science. "

Mapulane said that the reassessment was necessary in view of the enormous public feeling expressed against the increase in quota.

"The committee's position is to protect South Africa's estimated conservation image, but more basic South Africa brand."

Experts conservatively estimate about 8,000 African lions kept on farms and breeding facilities in South Africa, but given the unnaturally high breeding rate to produce more kids for petting, it is likely that the figure is closer to 12,000 today. The South African predator association also suspects that the figure should be as high as 14,000.

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