Michele Pickover, Executive Director of the EMS Foundation addressed a letter to Mr Kamalasen Chetty, the Chairperson of the Ministerial Task Team tasked with identifying and recommending pathways for captive lion owners to exit the industry on the 29th of August 2023.
The question about whether South Africa can immediately close practices that are in violation of the Constitution raises the issue of transitioning from past exploitative practices, which as a country we have undertaken to do. Canned lion hunting and breeding of Big Cats is one such issue.
A few pertinent principles are relevant to this question:
Of significance is that the EMS Foundation obtained a legal opinion in relation to the implications of the changes to NEM:BA effected by the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act.
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