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Alleged Smuggling of Lion Bones Called “Legal” by Minister’s Spokesperson

Media Release from Members Of The Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa (WAPFSA)

The recent news release of 342 kg of lion bones discovered on an outbound flight at OR Tambo Airport on 1st October 2019 which was subsequentially confiscated, has had extensive media coverage.

The comment from the Director of Communications at the Department of Environmental Affairs, Albi Modise was that “although the export of lion bones born in captivity was legal, a special permit was required to send them out.” This statement was reported by a number of media outlets, including World News, The Straits Times, BBC News, EWN, MSN, Business Standard, 7D News, and This is Money UK, Getaway, Jacaranda FM, and NST.

The export of lion bones from South Africa is currently illegal. In order to be legal, a yearly quota is supposed to be proposed by the South African Scientific Authority including the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) through the National Convention on the international Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Management Authority, then approved and communicated to all provincial conservation departments and managed at National level under the authority of the Minister of Forestry and Fishery and Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy.

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No governance, no science and no sustainability in South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry

It has been clear for a long time that – to put it euphemistically – there has been a catastrophic absence of governance in South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry. The national Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) is tone-deaf to the global scientific community’s abhorrence of the industry. A strong indicator of zero governance is that DEFF repeatedly says that it does not know how many lions are in captivity in South Africa and how many facilities are involved in the various immoral activities associated with the industry (such as unregulated slaughter for the lion bone market). For this reason, in May 2019 the EMS Foundation submitted a request under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), no. 2 of 2000 to get an answer to these questions.

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2019 Lion Bone Quota Submission

Determination of the 2019 Lion Bone Quota – Submission from Twenty-Five NGOs represented by the Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa to Minister and Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries, 17 June 2019
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Appendix 1 – Expert Opinion
Appendix 2 – The Extinction Business
Appendix 3 – The Economics of Captive Predator Breeding

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Response from The Coalition “To Stop the Captive Breeding and Keeping of Lions and other Big Cats for Commercial Purposes” to SATSA Animal Interaction Workshops.


There are many concerns around the captive breeding of indigenous and exotic wild animals and their use in the tourism industry, such as cruelty, unnatural behaviour, unsuitable conditions, disease, distress, safety of persons involved and the fact there is absolutely no conservation value to this industry and thus these animals are being used purely for entertainment and commercial gain.

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Hunting in the Associated Private Nature Reserves

Call for Moratorium on hunting in the APNR

The purpose of this letter is request an urgent undertaking from SANParks that it will not sign a new agreement between themselves and the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) until the process that the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs directed SANParks to follow, has been completed, and that a moratorium on hunting in the area should be imposed in the interim.

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Appeal for Moratorium on lion hunting

Following upon Parliament’s announcement that there would be a Review Process of the agreements between SANParks and the APNR, we call for a Moratorium on all killing of lions in this region, to ensure that this Review Process is followed without undue influences.

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