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(Cape Town, South Africa – 2 May, 2021) – South Africa announced today it will stop captive breeding and canned hunting of lions.
“This is a time to celebrate,” said Neil Greenwood, Regional Director of IFAW Southern Africa. “Captive breeding and canned hunting of lions is one of the worst animal welfare abuses of modern times. It’s taken more than 20 years of campaigning, and the cruel deaths of thousands of lions purely due to commercial greed for the South African Government to finally call it a day”.
South African Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, today released a report by a high-level panel into the hunting, trade, captive breeding, management and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros.
The Panel recommended that South Africa does not captive breed lions, keep lions in captivity, or use captive lions and their derivatives commercially.
A process to action the decision has yet to be announced.
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