Clampdown on South African Canned Hunting and Captive Breeding Welcomed

Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Cape Town, South Africa
The captive breeding and canned hunting industry received a body blow today with the announcement of tough new legislation to control this widely condemned practice that has thrived unchecked in South Africa for years.
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) said the new regulations sent a clear message to the hunting fraternity that it is time to clean up the industry.
 
While hunting of captive bred predators per se has not been altogether stopped, the new rules will make it extremely difficult to qualify for hunting permits
 
IFAW said it was very encouraged by the new legislation. “However we remain deeply concerned with the welfare of between 3000 and 5000 captive bred predators currently held in facilities throughout South Africa,” said Neil Greenwood, Campaign Researcher for IFAW.
 
“Some breeders may not qualify for licences in terms of the stringent new regulations and will therefore be faced with the dilemma of what to do with these lions, cheetahs and other predators,” said Greenwood.
 
“We are concerned that the department has not paid sufficient attention to this potential animal welfare crisis and we urge the Government to move quickly to find practical and humane solutions for these animals. IFAW believes that no predators should be raised in captivity except for bona fide scientific and conservation purposes.”
 
IFAW is also concerned that despite the minister’s intention to outlaw canned hunting the regulations nevertheless make allowance for the shooting of a captive raised animal two years after being released onto a property, and thus presumed “wild”.
 
“To introduce captive bred predators into the wild without adequate preparation will result in suffering and starvation before being hunted – these animals will not adapt to the wild and be able to hunt without a proper protocol of supported release,” said Greenwood.
 
“The industry has proven that it cannot be trusted to behave honourably and the Government will have to ensure that the new regulations are vigorously enforced. The hunting of captive raised predators is wrong and cannot be allowed under any circumstances.”

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