Memorandum Of Demand
Minister of Tourism
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Minister of Health
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Minster of the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
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Ambassador to South Africa
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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
21ST March 2020
The Honorable Mr President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister Kubayi-Ngubane Mmamoloko, Minister Zweli Mkhize, Minister Barbara Creecy, Ambassador Lin Songtian,
On the 21st and 22nd August 2018 a number of wildlife organisations made detailed and compelling presentations to Parliament on the massive problems and concerns with South Africa’s Captive Lion Breeding industry.
This included a presentation on an 18-month research and investigation report into South Africa’s role in the international lion bone trade.
As a consequence of the extensive evidence presented against the captive big-cat breeding industry and its abhorrent offshoots such as canned hunting and the unregulated lion bone trade, Parliament instructed the Minister of Environmental Affairs (at the time) and her Department – in December 2019 – to shut down the industry, which is a major ethical, legal and administrative embarrassment for South Africa.