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EMS FOUNDATION AND WILD LAW INSTITUTE STATEMENT ON THE SUBMISSION TO DFFE

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A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE SUBMISSION TO DFFE REGARDING THEIR POLICY POSITION ON THE CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE USE OF ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD AND RHINOCEROS

South Africa

28TH JULY 2021

The EMS Foundation and the Wild Law Institute, both NPOs, jointly submitted written comments to Minister Barbara Creecy’s (GN 566 published in Government Gazette no. 44776 of 28 June 2021).

The EMS Foundation is a South African based social justice NGO established in November 2016. Our key purpose is to alleviate and end suffering, raise public awareness and lobby and empower, provide dignity and promote the rights and interests of vulnerable groups, particularly children, the elderly and wild animals.

The Wild Law Institute (“WildLI”) is incorporated in South Africa as a non-profit company is to promote the conservation of the natural environment, wellbeing, social cohesion, and democracy for the benefit of the general public by promoting ways of organising society that enable people to live well by safeguarding and enhancing the wellbeing of the whole Earth community. WildLI has specific expertise in relation to the design and establishment of regulatory systems, including the drafting of policies and legislation.

Both the EMS Foundation and WildLI are committed to contributing to the improvement of wildlife governance.

We are in broad support of the vision and direction of the Draft Policy, and are strongly supportive of the proposed national Policy on Biological Diversity as a means of promoting a transition towards eco-centric decision making in relation to wildlife and ecosystems generally.

Many of the comments we made relate to issues that affect all wildlife, not just the five species that are the subject of the Draft Policy. These include most of the comments in relation to: an urgent necessity for transformational change; the need for a new Eco-centric vision), Implications of a Harmonious Co-existence approach; Ecologically sustainable use; and Decision-making and conflict resolution. We requested that those comments be taken into account in formulating the proposed national Policy on Biological Diversity and any other policies that may be formulated to implement the One Health and One Welfare Approaches.

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EMS FOUNDATION AND WILD LAW INSTITUTE COMMENTS ON DFFE DRAFT POLICY POSITION 28TH JULY 2021

28TH JULY 2021

THE CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE USE OF ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD AND RHINOCEROS

Please read the full submission:

Concluding Comments of the EMS Foundation and Wild Law Institute DFFE Submission:

Humanity has overstepped the planetary boundary in respect of biological diversity and consequently has entered a “danger zone” where it will be negatively affected by sudden events (e.g. pandemics) and irreversible changes. Part of the reason is that we have collectively failed to value the ecological systems (and the individuals that comprise them) on which our survival ultimately depends.

Instead of conserving that which has been entrusted to us, we have over-exploited terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The trade, sale and hunting of South Africa’s wild animals is driven by commodification, commercialisation and profit rather than by robust science, ethics or compassion. The threats wild animals are facing are powerfully linked to South Africa’s current conservation policies of consumptive use and inadequate policing and enforcement measures. A fundamental paradigm shift is required if we are to stem the rapid decline in biodiversity.

We are of the view that a new approach to human beings’ relationship with nature is not only warranted, but is absolutely critical. Current legal frameworks are not succeeding in stemming the tide of rapid biodiversity decline. What is required is a complete overhaul of the legal and administrative system, and a change in the relationship between people and Nature. It is with this paradigm shift in mind that the Draft Policy must be developed.

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GUIDELINE FOR COMMENTS ON DFFE DRAFT POLICY POSITION

Upon request, the EMS Foundation has provided useful information for interested individuals who want to get involved with the important decision making processes which concern us all.

SUBMISSION DATE: 28TH OF JULY 2021

ACTION 1

PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING ON DR SOUTH AFRICA USING THIS LINK: 

COMMENT: Conservation Policy (captive breeding) | Dear South Africa

ACTION 2

USING THIS EASY GUIDELINE, WHICH EXPLAINS HOW TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS ON: THE DRAFT POLICY POSITION FOR ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD, AND RHINOCEROS:

ADDRESS THE EMAIL TO: 

The Director-General: Department of Forestry, Fishery and the Environment

Private Bag X447

PRETORIA

Attention: Dr Kiruben Naicker 

knaicker@environment.gov.za

  • DATE : ON OR BEFORE 28TH JULY 2021
  • HEADING : MY COMMENT ON THE DRAFT POLICY POSITION FOR ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD, AND RHINOCEROS
  • Introduce yourself as a stakeholder, specifying your interest as, for example, a conservationist, or environmentalist, or a tourist, photographer, or a journalist, blogger, private individual with a passion for Africa / wildlife / the environment / Nature / South Africa. 
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A HOLISTIC FRAMEWORK TO RESOLVE HUMAN AND WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THE CAPTIVE BIG CAT SECTOR

LETTER TO MINSTER BARBARA CREECY, DEPARTMENT FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 19th JULY 2021

The EMS Foundation commends the Honourable Minister for her commitment to ending inhumane and irresponsible practices in the wildlife industry which greatly harm the reputation of South Africa and to ending the captive lion industry so that South Africa does not captive breed lions, keep lions in captivity, or use captive lions or their derivatives commercially.

Furthermore, the EMS Foundation applauds the Honourable Minister for meeting with animal welfare and animal protection advocacy groups on the 17th June 2021 and the resulting discussion.

The EMS Foundation notes the call for comments on the draft policy position on the conservation and ecologically sustainable use of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros, gazetted on 28th June 2021.

The EMS Foundation notes with concern violations of workers’ rights and job security issues in the captive wildlife sector.

The EMS Foundation notes that recent research shows the highly racialised and discriminatory practices in the wildlife industry (1) as well as the exploitation of poor black workers who often have to deal with wild animals with very little safety and minimal pay. (2)

There are dangers to marginalised and exploited workers involved in the industry and in the slaughter for meat or bones.(3)  Generally the wildlife industry violates the rights of farm workers who are disproportionally exposed to risks while living and working with dangerous animals like lions. In addition, generally these workers do not receive employment benefits, such as medical insurance nor do they have the means to protect themselves from harm, disability or death.(4)

READ THE FULL LETTER:

References:

(1) Nomalanga Mkhize ‘Game farm conversions and the land question: Unpacking present contradictions and historical continuities in farm dwellers’ tenure insecurity in Cradock’ (2014) 32 Journal of Contemporary African Society 207-219; Femke Brandt and Marja Spierenburg ‘Game fences in the Karoo: Reconfiguring spatial and social relations’ (2014) Journal of Contemporary African Society 1- 18.

(2) Femke Brandt ‘Trophy hunting in South Africa: Risky business for whom’ Daily Maverick (17 Nov 2015) available at http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2015-11-17-trophy-hunting-in-south-africa-risky-business-for- whom/?utm_source=Daily+Maverick+Mailer#.VqCRDLZ97IV.


(3) Peet Van Der Merwe et al., “The Economic Significance of Lion Breeding Operations in the South African Wildlife Industry,” International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 9, no. 11 (2017): 314–22, https://doi.org/10.5897/IJBC2017.1103.

(4) Femke Brandt Trophy Hunting in South Africa: Risky Business for Whom? DAILY MAVERICK (17 Nov 2015)

IMAGE CREDIT: Richard Smith / Alamy Stock Photo

©The EMS Foundation 2021. All Rights Reserved.

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TRADING IN MISERY SOUTH AFRICA’S RECENT LION EXPORTS

STATEMENT 15TH JULY 2021

The EMS Foundation has obtained official information from the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment via the Promotion of Access to Information Act also known as PAIA about lion exports from the Oliver Tambo International’s Airport situated in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The detailed and specific information contained in this document illustrates the magnitude of this South African industry over a very specific time frame.

Please read the full document:

SOUTH AFRICAN TROPHY HUNTED WILD AND CAPTIVE LIONS

Each year hundreds of thousands of wild animals are killed by trophy hunters.

The true meaning of the word trophy is a memorial of a victory in war, consisting of spoils taken from the enemy as a token of victory and power.

Trophy hunters kill wild animals for their body parts, including heads, skins, claws and in some instances the whole animal.

In South Africa international trophy hunters hunt wild and captive bred lion.

Between August 2018 and the 7th of April 2021, 80 wild lion body part shipments were exported from South Africa.

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