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In July of 2018 the EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading published a Report called the Extinction Business – South Africa’s Lion Bone Trade. In 2017 the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, controversially and in the face of vociferous opposition and robust argument against this trade, set the annual export quota at 800 lion skeletons per year. Even more alarmingly, Molewa, without stakeholder participation, took the incomprehensible decision to almost double the quota in 2018 to 1500 skeletons.

The EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading gathered extensive information whilst investigating South Africa’s big cat industry and South Africa’s Lion Bone Trade which resulted in this Report.

The evidence in this report was used, amongst other, in a South African High Court matter detailed below.

In the Matter Between the NSPCA and the Minister of Environmental Affairs, The South African Predator Association, the MEC Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, MEC Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism North West Province, MEC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Gauteng Province and the MEC Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Free State Province Case Number: 86515/17


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