A GUIDE and TOOL by SATSA, The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association. This guide is SATSA’s response to a mandate from the industry facing radical movement against “animals in captivity for human enjoyment”
“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.
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.
It has been reported in the press in Pakistan, confirmed by Punjab Wildlife Director Naeem Bhatti and confirmed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia that Pakistan has made an application to import 10 African elephants from Namibia to captive facilities in Pakistan.
It has been reported in the press in both Pakistan and Namibia that Pakistan has made an application to import 10 African elephants from Namibia to captive facilities in Pakistan. This has also been confirmed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Removing baby elephants from their families is increasingly recognised as an ethically and ecologically unacceptable practice. It is universally recognized that elephants are wide-ranging, vastly intelligent, sentient beings with a highly organised social structure including strong family bonds that can last a lifetime. Elephants also have basic needs for stimulating ecological and social environments, and for the freedom to exercise choice over their foraging options and companions. These needs cannot be met under captive conditions and elephants so deprived inevitably suffer from physical and mental pathologies.