The Republic of South Africa, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and The Environment (DFFE) has issued its “Draft Policy Position on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhinoceros” – Government Gazette, No. 49322, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE), dated 19 September 2023.
There are many contradictions between the previous “White Paper’s“ progressive spirit – the Policy Position espouses the commercial trophy hunting of leopard, rhinoceros and elephant, keeping the speculative spectre of a legal international trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn alive….
The Policy Position proposals to correct unsustainable practices and promote conservation are welcome. The Policy Position ((1), page 5) “to end the captive keeping of lions for commercial purposes and close captive lion facilities, put a halt to the intensive breeding of lion in controlled environments, and end the commercial exploitation of captive and captive-bred lion” is long-overdue and welcomed:
“The minister has put in place a lion advisory panel which is attempting to assess the captive lion population and looking into voluntary exit plans for breeders” (“Government opens public comments on policy to end captive lion breeding,” Daily Maverick, 26 September 2023). The recommendations of the advisory panel are awaited.
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