Legal Representatives of EMS Foundation Appeal to the South African Government
Letters have been written to the offices of Minister Barbara Creecy, Minister of the Enviornment, Forestry and Fisheries, to the offices of Minister Zwelini Mkhize and the offices of Minister Thoko Didiza.
The letters were sent to the South African government by the EMS Foundation and by their legal representatives Cullinan and Associates.
The subject matter of these correspondences relates specifically to the dangers to human life with regard to diseases and the wildlife trade.
Epidemiologists have long considered a pandemic like COVID_19 to be an inevitability and there is consensus that without massive changes to public health regulation a pandemic of zoonotic origin will happen again.
Until there is more information available about the risks of the captive breeding of lions and other big cats and the lion bone trade, both in terms of human health and to the survival of lions, a risk-averse and cautious approach requires that a moratorium is placed on the industry as outline above.