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LINDA AND JASON’S STATEMENT ON THE CAPTIVE LION BREEDING SET-BACK
At the Parliamentary Colloquium of 21/22 August last year, followed by pressure from a Coalition of over 40 welfare and conservation organisations, including the Global White Lion Protection Trust, which demanded the prohibition of the captive lion breeding industry, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee released a Parliamentary Resolution (9.1) specifying that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) "should as a matter of urgency initiate a policy and legislative review of Captive Breeding of Lions for hunting and lion bone trade with a view of putting an end to this practice.”
Our role as civil society and conservation NGOs operating with the clarity of conscience, as well as expert knowledge, is to hold government accountable.
The fact that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has now proposed that this industry should continue as long as it is “properly regulated and appropriate legislation introduced”, is unacceptable - and will be challenged.
Like the human slave trade, it is unacceptable to “regulate” an industry built on appalling injustice, indignity and brutality. Those profiteering from blood money in this diabolical industry will be challenged.
There is no appropriate legislation for slavery. Except to abolish it.
Having opposed this lion slave trade since 1997, we have seen legislators take one step forward and two steps back, as they succumb to greed and corruption.
Going forward, we will insist on representation on the High Level Panel, currently being convened to review the existing policies, legislation and practices related to the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and lion, and, furthermore, we will insist that the Resolutions of the Parliamentary Colloquium Report be implemented.
In addition, following on our Parliamentary presentation last month, we will also continue to address lion hunting malpractices in our greater Kruger wildlife region.