Zoonotic Diseases of Mass Destruction

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Banner image courtesy of artist Olaf Hajek and The New York Times Sunday Review The ‘true’ cost of wildlife abuse – Coronavirus and the viruses to follow…. “If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back …

China’s ban on wildlife consumption is an overdue death knell for lion bone industry

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by Don Pinnock, The Daily Maverick, 24 February 2020 The Chinese government has placed an immediate ban on the illegal trading of wildlife and the consumption of wild animals. This follows a link between pangolin meat and the coronavirus outbreak.  Despite international outrage, South Africa is allowing a quota of at …

Evidence of a further emerging threat to lion conservation; targeted poaching for body parts

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Banner image courtesy of Greater Limpopo Carnivore Programme A recent Africa Geographic article, “Lion poaching: Escalating demand for claws and teeth,” 2 January 2020 has summarised the conclusions of a paper published towards the end of 2019: Everatt, K.T; Kokes, R. & Lopez Pereira, C., October 2019 –“Evidence of a further …

New ‘expert’ panel may be weighted to duck Parliament’s call to shut down canned hunting

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Banner image courtesy of EPA-EFE / Kim Ludbrook By Don Pinnock, Daily Maverick, 25th November 2019 In the matter of guarding the chicken run, there’s a big difference between giving the job to a chicken or a fox. In October the government appointed a high-level panel ‘to review policies, legislation …

High Court Rules in Favour of Lions and NSPCA

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The NSPCA has won its case (launched in September 2018) against the Minister of Environmental affairs (and co Respondents). The Judgment (6 August 2019) from the Pretoria High Court concluded that the lion bone quotas set for 2017/18 were unlawful because animal welfare was not considered (by the Minister) to be …

DEA Progress Report; Captive Lion Breeding and Rhino Demand Management

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In the 12 March 2019 “Captive Lion breeding: DEA progress report; Rhino Demand Management; with Minister” the insular, circular thinking of South Africa’s Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) is apparent under the auspices of the recently appointed Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane. Captive Lion Breeding Well, let’s start by …

Parliamentary Report – Captive Lion Breeding, South Africa

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BREAKING NEWS: New Parliamentary report calls for an end to captive lion breeding in South Africa: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa: harming or promoting the conservation image of the country, held on 21 and 22 …

NSPCA Launches Urgent Legal Appeal for Lions

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Banner Image: “Rack and stack captive-bred lion bones ready for export.” File photo: African News Agency (ANA) MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED ON 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NSPCA LAUNCHES URGENT LEGAL APPEAL FOR LIONS The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has lodged an urgent interdict [Case No. 86515/17 in The …

Lion Economics – economical with the truth

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By Richard Hargreaves – Guest blog for the Campaign Against Canned Hunting As you will probably be aware the South African Government issued a Media Statement on 16th July 2018 stating: Minister Edna Molewa establishes lion bone export quota for 2018 In accordance with advice provided by the Scientific Authority, the …

In Plane Sight – Wildlife Trafficking in the Air Transport Sector

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The report, “In Plane Sight: Wildlife Trafficking in the Air Transport Sector“, produced by the Center for Advanced Defense Studies as part of the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership, revealed the principal role airlines play in the endangered wildlife black market: “The air industry …