In a comprehensive report just released, “The Extinction Business, South Africa’s ‘Lion’ Bone Trade,” EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading, July 2018 the conclusion is:
South Africa’s lion bone trade has “….created a situation where the legal trade in ‘lion’ bones is fuelling the illegal trade in lion and tiger bones and providing laundering opportunities for tiger bones in Asian markets.“
Where is South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA’s) ‘logic’ and claimed science/justification to back continuing an abhorrent trade that seemingly only has negative consequences for wildlife (unless the DEA can actually prove otherwise?).
South Africa’s lion killing industry will ensure South Africa will never be seen as a responsible and ethical custodian of wildlife, both domestic and across the globe.
“Dodgy skeleton traders and lion slaughterhouses exposed in damning report,” Don Pinnock, The Daily Maverick, 19 July 2018
“Damning New Report Suggests South Africa’s Lion Bone Trade is a Sh*t Show,” Rhishja Cota, Annamiticus, 19 July 2018
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This upping of the number to 1500 is a disgusting action. Having just returned from South Africa I was appalled at how easy it was to find a ‘Lion Park’ to go cuddle cubs and walk with lions, these heinous businesses are everywhere and they are easy to find for any tourist. Appalling. We need to END the lion exploitation trade, not PROMOTE it.
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