Submission to South Africa’s High-Level Panel – elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros

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The Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental affairs has issued a “A general notice calling for submissions, scientific information, socio-economic information or any other relevant information to the Advisory Committee (High-Level Panel) appointed to review existing policies, legislation and practices relating to the management and handling, breeding, hunting and trade of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros” as notified in Government Gazette, No. 43172, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA), Notice 221 of 2020, dated 27 March 2020, with a 60 day (26 May 2020) deadline.

[Update] – “Extension granted for submissions on work relevant to the high level panel into lion, rhino, elephant and leopard management,” 13 May 2020

Under the current COVID-19 pandemic circumstances an extension to the deadline has been requested, because the science of COVID-19 and the potential impact on animal handling, breeding, hunting and trade, are  still to be determined and therefore, the risks and potential impacts are not transparent.

The HLP Secretariat has issued  Terms of Reference today, 22 April 202.

IWB’s submission will be posted on this page in due course.


By post:

Advisory Committee (High-Level Panel), c/o Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

Attention: Ms. Pamela Singh/Ms. Olenbee Mashiyane, Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

By e-mail: [email protected] (enquires to Ms O. Mashiyane: [email protected], or Ms Pamela Singh: [email protected])

Related Submission

‘Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act No. 40 of 2000) – Proposed Update to Schedule 1, Section 1(2)’,” 27 April 2020 – Note: South Africa, Eswatini, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, DRC and Zambia have filed “Reservations with reference to the amendments to Appendices I and II of the Convention and related communications” to self-exempt themselves from the up-listing of the giraffe to Appendix II

Didiza’s attempt to legalise the consumption of wild animals is unfathomable,” Issued by Hannah Shameema Winkler MP – DA Deputy Shadow Minister Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries, 25 May 2020

Outrage as South Africa law change could put elephants and giraffes on dinner table,” The Express, 29 May 2020


Further Reading

Colin Bell’s presentation, “Ban all trade in the body parts of rhino and elephant,” 22 May 2020

Neoliberalism and sustainable use are cut from the same paradigm,” Ian Michler, Daily Maverick, 26 May 2020

Farming wild animals – is China the model for South Africa?” Africa Geographic, 4 May 2020

Barbara Creecy’s wildlife panel is trying to reinvent the wheel,” News 24, 3 May 2020

Why SA’s courts place ecological sustainability ahead of government’s reductionist sustainable use – Part 2,” Ross Harvey, Daily Maverick, 30 April 2020

Is the environment minister captured by vested interests?,” Don Pinnock, Daily Maverick, 29 April 2020

Wildlife trade: The unsustainability of ‘sustainable use’ (Part 1),” Ross Harvey, Conservation Action Trust, 23 April 2020


The Honourable Ms Barbara Creecy, The Minister for Environment, Forestry and Fisheries – “Captive Lion and Other Big Cat Breeding Industry and Coronavirus,” EMS Foundation, via Cullinan & Associates attorneys, 15 April 2020

The Honourable Ms Thoko Didiza, Minister for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development – “Wildlife Trade and Coronavirus,” EMS Foundation, via Cullinan & Associates attorneys, 15 April 2020

The Honourable Dr Zwelini Mkhize, Minster for Health – “Wildlife Trade and Coronavirus,”EMS Foundation, via Cullinan & Associates attorneys, 15 April 2020

China’s ban on wildlife consumption is an overdue death knell for lion bone industry,” IWB, 24 February 2020

New ‘expert’ panel may be weighted to duck Parliament’s call to shut down canned hunting,” IWB, 26 November 2019

Minister Barbara Creecy appoints an advisory committee to review policies, legislation and practices related to the management of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros,” 22 October 2019

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