Lobbying for Wild Animals

The Environmental Movement in South Africa

An Analysis Of Animal-Based Issues, Campaigns And Organisations

“The animals of the world exist for their own reason. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.”

Alice Walker

Oppression of animals that are not human often takes place invisibly. Social constructs and arrangements as a result of capitalist culture, which separate people from the means of production, have meant that the brutal exploitation and suffering of other animals is  becoming increasingly invisible and ignored. The research focus of this report will introduce perspectives, which challenge widely held social institutions and beliefs and which question common assumptions relating to animals and societal hierarchies of oppression more  generally. The way humans relate to animals acts as a metaphor for human society and directly reflects social systems of domination and control. This research report is also an attempt to promote discussion and debate around the nature of the concealed exploitation of other animals and the contested terrain in which it is framed.

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WAPFSA Comments on Biodiversity Bill

We want to highlight the importance of today’s Lion Bone Judgement which has major implications for CapeNature and the issuing of permits to facilities keeping captive wildlife and offering wildlife/human interaction. We request a moratorium on issuing of permits until processes and procedures will be in place to implement the judjment which we request you to incorporate into the Biodiversity Bill.

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Octopus Trapping in the False Bay, how to move forward

It is of serious concern to us that 13 whales have been entangled in octopus-trap fisheries along the South African coast over several years, with 9 whales having succumbed to their injuries.

Although very dangerous, octopus traps are not the only line catch devices causing entanglements; other fatalities have been recorded and have been linked to crayfish line traps. It is our understanding that both octopus and crayfish catch devices, as well as other line nonmovable systems, are a huge threat to marine life and simply should not be permitted in or near protected areas and along all known whale reproductive routes.

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