Lobbying for Wild Animals

EMS Presentation to the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs:

The state of captive lion breeding in South Africa and the Economics thereof”, by Dr Ross Harvey, econimist.

On the 22nd of October, economist Dr Ross Harvey presented to the Portfolio Committee (PC) an analysis called “Bred for the bullet: Why big cats should not be bred in captivity”, which was a summary of the current state of the predator breeding industry in South Africa in an effort to empower portfolio committee members to hold the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) to account.



MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pressure mounts on governments to stop baby elephant imports

16 October 2019

The Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA) has been denied access to the country’s captive elephants, reportedly about to be sent to captive facilities in China. This suggests that welfare concerns are being ignored. The ZNSCPA is constitutionally permitted to access any part of the country if they suspect cruelty to animals. An urgent chamber application for access is likely to be submitted today.



Urgent Letter Regarding Imminent Import of 33 Young Elephants to China

Elephant enclosures at the Beijing Zoo, China

China has recently made significant strides as a conservation champion, especially through its dedication to the ‘Ecological Civilisation’ programme and subsequent leadership decision to terminate domestic legal ivory markets. This has contributed to a laudable and growing reputation of China as a new champion of conservation, especially towards saving African elephants. However, the sale of baby elephants forcibly removed from their mothers and families (estimated at over 100 since 2012) in Zimbabwe to be sold to China has brought denunciation even from those who are typically in favour of so-called ‘sustainable use’.

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Urgent Letter regarding Imminent Export of 33 Young Elephants to China

Juvenile wild caught elephants have been kept in this pen for nine months

We are deeply concerned about the reportedly imminent export of some 33 juvenile wild-caught elephants from Zimbabwe to captive locations in China. Our concerns are based on our understanding of elephant biology, of international agreements and national legislation as well as public sentiment within Africa and more widely.

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