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CONFIRMATION OF THE SCALE OF THE CAPTIVE WILDLIFE INDUSTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA

A government law sets out the standards, procedures and principles that must be followed. Breaking a law will resulted in prosecution. 

The recommendations of the DFFE High-Level Panel of Advisors will need to be constructed into policies and these will need to be passed into law. 

According to our understanding at the present moment DFFE is holding workshops with various stakeholders where issues raised in the HLP Report are being debated and discussed. 

After this process of debate and discussion has taken place DFFE will then attempt to draw up new draft policies and try to make these the official government policy. 

The opposition political parties, stakeholders, the media and all South Africans should be included in the process whereby they will be invited to offer input. 

The final draft policies are called Green Papers and White Papers which are presented in Parliament. 

SUBMISSIONS FROM STAKEHOLDERS TO THE HIGH-LEVEL PANEL OF ADVISORS DFFE

The EMS Foundation, with partner organisations, was instrumental in demanding new policies for, amongst other, the captive-bred big cat industry and therefore should be involved in the new policy process for all categories of their submissions from the onset.

The EMS Foundation co-authored and published a 204 page submission, with Animal Law Reform South Africa. This submission was presented to the High-Level Panel of Advisors to DFFE on the 15th June 2020.

On the 6th October 2020, representatives from the EMS Foundation and ALRSA were invited to make presentations to the High Level Panel of Advisors.

The EMS Foundation and Animal Law Reform South Africa the were asked to respond in writing to a number of questions on the 2nd November 2020.